Northern Cemetery, Pargolovo
Selling wreaths and flowers at the cemetery gate.
Yet more of the sky.
Right at the entrance.
The Northern Cemetery is one of the two large and currently-active public cemeteries in St. Petersburg (the other one being, surprise surprise, Southern Cemetery). I’ve never been to Southern Cemetery but what I’ve heard about it makes me like Northern better. Northern is sort of like a forest and bush with graves tucked into it; it’s a HUGE plot and it’s very quiet. Southern is more the typical huge field.
I loathe cemeteries, I really do, but the forested types I loathe least. The only cemetery I’ve ever liked was the the Lutheran Smolenskoe cemetery on Vasilievsky Island, which I unfortunately didn’t visit this time around – though I hear it’s not as fun anymore as it’s been cleaned up. It has these HUGE monuments, a lot of them set up for German nobility, most of which were in a state of ruin, overgrown and with trees falling all around them. I guarantee there is not another cemetery in the world that’s nearly as creepy and awesome as Smolenskoe.
Otherwise, yea. I loathe cemeteries; I likewise loathe the idea of cremation. I honestly wish I die in a way that doesn’t require funeral arrangements, heh. I think I’ve done this rant for a few people before, so I’ll spare the rest of you the graphic details of how I’d prefer my remains should be disposed of when the time comes
Gravestones in the forest
Obviously taken from the wrong side as the faces are oriented away from me.
The right side:
Quite quaint. Certainly a good point – at least this indeed looks like “resting in peace”, not some of the nightmarish urban cemeteries that I’ve seen that are something of a cross between a park and a shopping mall
*to be continued*