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Woodlawn Cemetery, in the Bronx, New York, is the final resting place for over 300,000 deceased, including Duke Ellington and Herman Melville. It was founded in 1863 and has more mausoleums than any other cemetery in the United States. And it’s about 7 miles north of my apartment.

We took a walking tour there over the weekend. The cemetery is beautiful and grand, in the “garden style” of Mount Auburn. And though it is large, it somehow feels like a hidden gem … a peaceful, Victorian-era haven in the middle of a crowded urban area. Here are some photos I took of the grounds.

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Stephen Rogers, Freemason (apparently).
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Perfect place for a spiderweb.

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The Belmont mausoleum was modeled after a chapel in France.

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Bronze statue of woman with her arms outstretched in grief.
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Mausoleum with R2D2-style architecture.

 

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