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Travel Tip: How You Can Learn About History Through Cemetery Tourism

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Ever hear about a destination everyone is dying to get in?

With all puns intended, welcome to the grave new world of cemetery tourism.

Graveyard tourists, who call themselves taphophiles, aren’t just ghoulish travelers—they are fascinated with the history of these cemeteries as well as with the stories of some of their most celebrated inhabitants.

There’s Highgate Cemetery in London, where George Michael was just buried.

Other taphophile favorite destinations include the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna, where visitors can pay their respects to Beethoven and Schubert, and the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris where the graves of both Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde can be found.

In Buenos Aires, crowds still flock to the Cementerio de la Recoleta for Eva Peron’s grave.

There’s even a website to help you find a dead celebrity: Findagrave.com, where you can search by location or famous name.

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