The majority of the 'popular' internment's are fairly close to the main entrance (Entrance 2, about half an hour from the city-centre, on tram #71), so it is understandable, especially on a hot day, to prefer to avoid wondering around at length. However, a little exploration deeper into this huge cemetery is rewarded with discoveries rich in culture and history. Exquisitely carved marble depictions of mourning loved ones marking the burial, to simple a wooden cross. Immaculately maintained plots, to those overgrown and forgotten. Regimented mass memorials to a meandering flower garden with shaded seating. Unique, lovingly crafted memorials to seemingly rows of the various 'fashionable' styles over the centuries. Even more striking are those graves that have been subject to damage by the elements, and some i'm afraid, that appear to have damage caused by vandals.
Take food and drink to keep your energy levels up, explore off the beaten track and the trip out of the city will be well worth it.
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