It may seem a bit macabre to say that I find cemeteries beautiful. But, macabre or not, it’s true — cemeteries can be just as serenely pretty as they are somber. And Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia, is no exception.
In fact, this 160-acre cemetery on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River may be one of the most beautiful cemeteries that I have ever seen. With Spanish-moss-draped trees, aging marble headstones, and weathered statuary, it’s not surprising that Bonaventure Cemetery has captured the imaginations of everyone from poets to filmmakers throughout the past century.
According to the Bonaventure Historical Society, this cemetery is also historically significant “as a reflection of changing views on death and dying in the Victorian era. As death became more romanticized and ritualized during this period, cemeteries became lush, beautiful ‘cities of the dead.'”
“City of the Dead.” A haunting phrase, but one that I think describes Bonaventure perfectly.
All of these photos were taken in the oldest sections of the cemetery — towards the back, closest to the river. (If you go yourself, stop in at the visitor’s center and ask for a map before you drive or walk around.)
Visiting Bonaventure Cemetery would probably be my top suggestion if you’re planning to go to Savannah.
Do YOU visit cemeteries when you travel? Which is your favorite photo in this bunch?