Saint Paul de Vence Cemetery
29 May, 2019

This cemetery is in a quaint medieval village in the south of France. Funny story: here lied Marc Chagall, I walked right past his grave but totally missed it. You can see it here on Google maps.

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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.


More about the cemetery at wikipedia.

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Pisa Cathedral: Upcycling since 1064
4 September, 2016

I first heard about this interesting typographic attraction from Gerard Unger in a lecture at Reading in 2006-07. He shared some similar photos and told us how the cathedral was constructed using recycled stone from various places and how many of the stones bore inscriptions on them making for a unique facade.

Finally in 2010 I had a brief opportunity to visit Pisa. Of course for most tourists the tower is the focal point… That turned out to be quite beautiful itself, and worth seeing, but personally I was more interested in the cathedral. So while others were busy taking leaning selfies or were pretending to hold it up (or push it over), I was exploring for letters.

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29 August, 2016

SPQR, abbreviation for the Latin phrase Senātus Populusque Rōmānus (meaning The Roman Senate and People), is found all over Rome. Without consciously trying, I collected a whole set of SPQRs on my latest trip to Rome. The variety found in just these few makes me want to go back and search out more.

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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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Labyrinth in Lucknow
11 November, 2014

Labyrinth in Lucknow.

Tri-script sign… not exactly the best example of lettering, but still worth posting.

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Finally visiting the Jewish cemetery right next door to me
2 September, 2014

Finally visiting the Jewish cemetery right next door...

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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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