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“The memorial chapel is a must-see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery
Ranked #31 of 207 things to do in Minneapolis
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Owner description: One of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“The memorial chapel is a must-see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Lakewood cemetery, located on the east side of Lake Calhoun, is interesting since many famous people are buried there such as Hubert Humphrey, vice-president of the USA, and Paul Wellstone, beloved senator for MN. The real hidden gem, however, is the chapel. The overall design is based on the shape of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Six Italian mosaic artists who also did work in the Vatican created a beautiful interior dome filled with hovering angels, each bedecked with flowers of various kinds. The windows and corner pieces are also lovely, as are the mosaic trees in the front. It is one of the loveliest places I have been, and I have traveled to many cathedrals in Europe. You may need to request entry in the main building. There is an interesting little "museum" downstairs. http://www.lakewoodcemetery.com/History_Chapel.html

Visited June 2014
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“Enjoyed walking through the historic cemetery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

Lakewood Cemetery is located on the eastern shores of Lake Calhoun, directly south of the Uptown area of Minneapolis. I went on the self-guided walking tour with my wife on a Saturday morning and enjoyed strolling through this large cemetery. The day before we were walking around Lake Calhoun for the hundredth time and decided to do something different the next day and walk through the cemetery. We picked up the self-guided walking tour map and the cemetery administration building and used that to figure out where everything was. I was amazed at how large the cemetery was and how long we walked. The walking tour took about 2 hours so it was an interesting way to get some exercise. You can also e-mail the cemetery and arrange a free guided tour. The admin building is only open from 8-noon on Saturdays and 8 - 4:30 Monday through Friday (it is closed on Sundays). Knowing the hours are important as the bathrooms are inside this building.

Highlights of the tour include seeing the graves of many famous Minnesotans including:
Walker Memorial (Walker Art Center)
Charles Loring (Loring Park)
Washburn Memorial (Washburn High School)
Fridley Monument (City of Fridley)
Wellstone Memorial (Senator Wellstone)
Pillsbury Memorial (founder of the Pillsbury Company)
Mars Mausoleum (founder and inventor of the Milky Way and Snickers candy bar)
Hubert Humphrey Monument (Vice-President of the USA)

I also enjoyed visiting the Lakewood Memorial Chapel which is on the north side of the cemetery near the entrance. This chapel was built in 1910 and the interior is made up of small mosaic tiles arranged in the form of some detailed picture. It was cool to stand in the exact center of this building as the acoustics are amazing and everything was amplified (if you moved your feet the sound was amplified and was very loud).

Overall I enjoyed getting some exercise by walking through this interesting cemetery and recommend it.

Visited April 2014
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“Best cemetery in Mpls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

This is the most beautiful cemetery in the twin cities period. States founding families buried here along with Sen Humphrey and assorted Governors civil war heroes and other politicos. We have family buried there since 1865 and my family will be interns there as well so it must be good

Visited April 2014
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“Beautiful, peaceful place.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

This is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Lots of historic figure buried here (you can pick them out by their elaborate monuments), and many unique areas within the cemetery. My grandmother is buried here, along with some other relatives, and if you go to the main building and ask, they will look up specific plots for you and mark them on a map. Make sure you come on foot or by vehicle...they will not allow you to bike through.

Visited April 2013
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“An urban classic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013

I am not a fan of cemeteries but this cemetery is considered one of the prettiest in the area. It has some beautiful chapels and the architecture is quite eye-catchy.

Visited July 2013
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