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“A beautiful experience”

Bellefontaine Cemetery
Ranked #34 of 263 things to do in Saint Louis
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Owner description: Bellefontaine is a historic, active cemetery & arboretum, with renowned architecture, a rich cultural history- and we're open everyday! Come visit us!
St. Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews
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“A beautiful experience”
Reviewed 29 March 2009

My experience was radically different than the other reviewer's. When my fiance and I went to Bellefontaine, we had a wonderful afternoon wandering through cemetery, looking at the Anheuser and Busch mausoleums and the monuments to other famous St. Louisans, past and present. The monuments themselves are noteworthy, not just the people buried under/within them. Beautiful Celtic monuments, and unusual monuments -- like the carved, tree-shaped monuments for the woodsmen buried there -- are well worth the trip.

When we stopped by the cemetery office to ask for a map, we were waited on quickly by the friendly staff. We were also given a map of the adjacent Calvary Cemetery without even having to ask.

The cemetery does close at sundown, so make sure you leave yourself adequate time to explore Bellefontaine (and Calvary, if you so choose). We didn't get to see Calvary Cemetery, where notables like Tennessee Williams are buried, because we simply ran out of time. If you've got time to spare, I'd recommend visiting each in separate trips.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Be Cautious”
Reviewed 19 April 2006

We visited the Bellefontaine Cemetery in the summer of '05. The directions in the vacation book we had were poor and we got lost in a questionable part of town. We came upon the cemetery's back side, and were leary of the gated entry into the cemetery. The signs on the gate warned that the gates would be closed and locked promptly on time "for your safety". We went into the office and requested a map to see the famous Lewis/Clark monument, along with Anheuser/Busch. The people were not that friendly and said "this is the third request for a map today." Why put this in the travel books if they don't want people to visit?

The cemtery itself was great. Lots of famous people and gorgeous monuments. Very peaceful. My daughter had to use the restroom on the way out, and we had to go back in the office and request a key for a separate building that had warning signs posted also.

Although we are glad we went, we probably wouldn't go back. If you're really in to cemetaries, by all means visit. Otherwise, if you have a passing interest, I'd let this one attraction go and find something else.

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