Graveyards always have a certain magical element. Between the religious symbology, the old architecture, he historical personalities that lie underneath and the natural landscape, strolling through them can be quite the experience.
Here’s a quick guide to the graveyards in Mexico that are worth a visit for their sheer mystery and beauty.
Panteon de Dolores
Considered the largest cemetery in Latin America, it is also the most famous in Mexico. It opened in 1872, right next to the Chapultepec Forest in Mexico City. In here, you’ll find some of the most impressive mausoleums you’ve ever seen.
You can’t miss the Rotonda de las Personas Ilustres (Illustrious People Roundabout), where the remains of several artists are buried, among them musician Agustin Lara and painters David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera, whose magnificent tomb stands out from the rest.
Museo-Panteon San Fernando
Functioning from 1832 to 1871, it is one of the oldest cemeteries in Mexico City and it is full of gems that showcase the beauty of nineteenth century architecture.
The most iconic grave is the one that pertains to president Benito Juarez, you just won’t be able to miss the stunning and detailed sculpture at the center of the mausoleum.
Panteon Frances de La Piedad
Following in the architectural trend of graveyards such as the Pere Lachaise in Paris, this cemetery was thought out as a resting site for the French and wealthy Mexicans who lived in Mexico City during the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz, in the late nineteenth century.
Some of the mysterious sculptures in this place will give you goosebumps, no doubt.
Located in the Alvaro Obregon district of Mexico City, it is home to the remains of some famous personalities like painter Remedios Varo and show business icons Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Germán Valdés, also know for his stage name Tin-Tan.
If you like adrenaline, stroll through this place and you’ll find a few graves that will scare the life out of you.
Panteon de Belen
The most famous in Guadalajara, it was built with pink quarry, which gives it a unique look. Like some of the most visited cemeteries in Europe, it showcases some outstanding funeral architecture.
One of the main attractions in Real del Monte, Hidalgo, a small and old town that was once fueled by the mining boom of the colonial era in Mexico. Between tall trees and a thick mist, this place will give you the chills.
Most of the people buried here are English miners and businessmen, and all the graves are facing East, towards Europe or, as they called it, home.
Discover the beauty and history of these graveyards in Mexico, each one has a magic element of their own!