Portofino Cemetery
26 September, 2018

Not a bad place to spend eternity.


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Powązki Cemetery – Part 1
20 September, 2016

This is one of three connected cemeteries in the center of Warsaw. There is such a variety of styles and lettering techniques to be found here, it is a must see for any typophile. I have so many images from this cemetery that I’ve divided them into two posts. Be sure to also check out the Jewish cemetery and the Cmentarz Ewangelicko, they are also very interesting.

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Warsaw Jewish Cemetery
16 September, 2016

This is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world, and it’s beautiful. There are so many interesting letters and headstone designs here that it’s really worth a visit. It could take hours to properly walk through, so plan accordingly.

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More about the cemetery at wikipedia.


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Georgen-Parochial-Friedhof II
22 July, 2016

This one wasn’t amazing, but there were a few nice finds – as usual.

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Lafayette Cemetery №1
19 April, 2016

This is the only new cemetery I had the chance to visit on my December ’15 trip, but it’s full of nice lettering samples. Still so many more N.O. cemeteries to see! I need to go back…


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Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Goa
8 October, 2015

This quaint little cemetery was found in Goa’s Candolim area. Most of the names were hand painted with ornamented letters, but some appear to have been homemade. There were more traditional stone carved examples around the paremeter that also contained some interesting letterforms.


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Silver Terrace Cemetery near Virginia City, NV
5 August, 2015

There is an incredible collection beautiful inscriptions at the Silver Terrace Cemetery just outside Virginia City, Nevada, near Reno. Most of the tombstones are from the mid to late 1800s and are in various states of preservation. Every (older) cemetery is unique and this one is exceptional due to its bold typographic treatments and variety of letter styles. Also unique is that many of the people have reference to where they have came from – I can only assume they were newly immigrated to the US. And while I am generally only ever focusing on the letters in my cemetery photos, it’s hard to not notice and be moved by the high number of children’s graves. Of course child mortality used to be much higher (and in the ‘Wild West’ no less), but it’s still sad to see so many memorials from grieving parents.


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Faenza’s Giant Cemetery
10 November, 2014


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Here are a few of my wonderful finds from Il Cimitero Dell’Osservanza in Faenza, Italy. This beautiful and sprawling cemetery takes hours to properly walk through, it is full of countless inspiring inscriptions, and it’s absolutely worth a visit. Maybe the Kerning conference will organize a tour of the grounds one of these years.


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The National Graveyard in Budapest
28 June, 2014

This is a huge cemetery in the middle of the city, right next to the main train station. It contains a few 18th C tombstones, several from the mid-19th C, many more recent ones, and several monuments and buildings. The grounds are sprawling with lots of green and empty areas between clumps of burial sites. There was much more to see there than I managed to view in my hour of zig-zagging around.


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Prague’s Jewish Cemetery
27 June, 2014

After numerous trips to Prague, I finally made it to the famous Jewish cemetery right in the middle of the city. Every other time I went to visit, it was either closed or there was a long queue to get in. I must say, I hadn’t ever seen photos from the cemetery, or done any research on it, so I was quite surprised once I finally got in. And by surprised I mean disappointed. There was a rather expensive ticket to get in (about the price of a movie), then the ‘cemetery’ isn’t a traditional one as such. It’s a short, roped-off path around a collection of headstones moved and dumped at this location. Some are extremely old (1600s), but you can really only nicely observe those nearest to the path. It was not interesting to explore like most cemeteries, it’s only a tourist trap.


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Random Prenzlauer Berg Cemetery
9 July, 2013

I am not even sure about the name of this cemetery, and honestly it’s not intriguing enough to go back and check (google maps doesn’t know the name either). The overall age and quality of the inscriptions was utterly mediocre. However, this collection is useful as a benchmark for the average, but still, one will find a few interesting and creative solutions in the lettering.

 


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Kuşadası Cemetery
18 October, 2012

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