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William who? | by Matthew Gidley

William who? | by Matthew Gidley

We love this helpful graphic to understand what tombstone symbols represent.  Credit: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-graphic-guide-to-cemetery-symbolism

A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism

This cemetery symbolism infographic from Atlas Obscura details the meaning of the most commonly used decorative gravestone markers.

I always thought this was just called "weird." Now I can tell people, "I'm a taphophile."

taphophilia (n.) passion and enjoyment for cemeteries. Often practices involve graveyard photography and/or art, epitaphs, interests in (famous) deaths, gravestone rubbing.

Brother mourning his little sister, monument, La Certosa cemetery Bologna

ভাই বোনের মৃত্যুতে শোক Brother mourning his little sister, monument, La Certosa cemetery Bologna

Kitten found outside the priests' entrance who spent the next 15 years as 'Church Cat'.

The Church Cat! A kitten that was found outside the priests' entrance spent the next 15 years as "Church Cat." The cat was recalled by blind organist Alfred Hollins.

I have always loved old cemeteries. The art found on headstones and the statues can be amazing.    Zentralfriedhof statue

Zentralfriedhof statue in Vienna - It blows my mind that this is a piece of stone and it still looks like a veil covering a face. Many years ago it was something of a test of skill for a sculptor to create a veiled face. This is one of the absolute best.

Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris is possibly the most visited graveyard in the world, and its known as much for the beauty of its monuments as for the celebrity of its occupants.  However, arguably the most dramatic tomb belongs to an author most people have never heard of.

10 Very Unusual Graves

Georges Rodenbach was a century Belgian writer . Rodenbach's tomb depicts a patina bronze likeness of himself actually emerging from the grave, with a rose in one hand.

Mister Ed (1949 - 1970) - Find A Grave Photos

Grave Marker for Mister Ed – Mister Ed was a Palomino horse officially named Bamboo Harvester and trained by Lester Hilton. The producer of the Mister Ed TV series never would answer the question of how the horse's lips were made to move.

Cimitero Monumentale, Milano - 8 by okaitis, via Flickr

Cimitero Monumentale, Milano~~Oh my word! This is stone and look at the details!