City of the dead, feast on the bones, smiling skeletons: most bizarre cemeteries in the world

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade in fotoracconti the Church of All Saints in kutná HoraCity of the dead, feast on the bones, smiling skeletons: most bizarre cemeteries in the world© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade in photobacteria she said, RIA Novosti

The rite of burial for centuries was for all peoples of the world are sacred. Scattered around the world hundreds of thousands of cemeteries. But because of the differences in cultures to some they may seem blasphemous, if not a mockery of death. About the most unusual, terrible, and mysterious cemeteries of the world — in the material RIA Novosti.

Jerusalem «city of the dead»

In ancient Jerusalem, today home to hundreds of thousands of people, and the problem of shortage of space for burials here has always been very acute. Recently, the Jews found a way out: directly below the main cemetery of the city dug a huge underground gallery with a length of about a kilometer. Its walls consist of thousands of chambers of cylindrical shape, drilled into the rock.

To date, operation ready 22 thousand chambers, of which Jerusalem should be enough for the next decade. The relatives of the deceased will be able to visit them down in the «city of the dead» at the 50-metre escalator or the stairs. The builders claim that the new cemetery is reviving the ancient tradition of Jewish burials.

«Burial in caves was common about two and a half thousand years ago. On the territory of modern Israel often find this kind of burial. In the Talmud it is written that people were often buried sitting, because there was not enough place for burials. The Jews the land is rocky, so it was easier to bury in caves than to dig up the graves», — says the head of the public relations Department of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia (FEOR), Boruch Gorin.

According to him, this ancient tradition has departed because of the lack of the required number of caves. In addition, the Jews who settled in other countries have not experienced such problems, «because disposal is often carried out, as we are now accustomed in the land. The fact that in Jerusalem thus revive the tradition — a consequence of technological advances. But a significant difference from the point of view of Judaism is to bury the deceased in the ground or a rock — no,» — said the representative of the FJC.

CC BY 2.5 / Colegota / Mummies and archeological rest in the Cemetery of Chauchilla, 30 km away from Nazca, southern regularuse the Chowchilla near the city of Nazca in Peru,City of the dead, feast on the bones, smiling skeletons: most bizarre cemeteries in the worldCC BY 2.5 / Colegota / Mummies and archeological rest in the Cemetery of Chauchilla, 30 km away from Nazca, southern regularuse the Chowchilla near the city of Nazca in Peru
In the afterlife squat

In the early XX century in Peru was discovered cemetery Chowchilla. From ancient times until the IX century ad, the people of the Nazca culture buried their dead here — squatting and facing East. Many remains have been preserved clothes and hair. They seem friendly smile to visitors. Countrymen care about their afterlife, providing all the necessities: kitchenware and other household items. Sorry, the status of architectural monument of this cemetery was rated too late, looters have stolen almost all the «dowry» of the dead.

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Kirkeskatten All Saints Ossuary in the Czech Sedlec, near the town of kutná HoraCity of the dead, feast on the bones, smiling skeletons: most bizarre cemeteries in the world© RIA Novosti / Sergey Kirkeskatten All Saints Ossuary in the Czech Sedlec, near the town of kutná Hora
The interior of the bones

The Church of All Saints in the district of the Czech town Kutna Hora long been world-famous landmark. From the XV century to liberate a place on a cemetery of the Abbey for new burials, the monks removed the bones from the old graves and put them in a specially equipped ossuary. In the XVIII century the Church and the cemetery were bought by the Schwarzenberg family. In the late nineteenth century the new owners decided to bring the remains in order. Now the whole interior of the chapel lined with the bones of nearly 40 thousand people.

«The main idea of Christianity is the victory over death and the fear of it. This explains the veneration of relics. Therefore, for the monasteries had been normal practice for as there was no free space in the cemetery of the monastery, to collect the bones, put them in the ossuary» — says Director of information services of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, priest Kirill Gorbunov.

However, according to him, modern interior of the Church to Christianity is already irrelevant. It is a monument of neo-Gothic art spirituality of the nineteenth century, the mentality of the period, of the fascination with death. However, the Church is unlikely to insist on having to bury those bodies.

© Photo : Public domainКатакомбы of the Capuchins in Palermo, SicilyCity of the dead, feast on the bones, smiling skeletons: most bizarre cemeteries in the world© Photo : Public domainКатакомбы of the Capuchins in Palermo, Sicily
Corridors mummies

Another famous cemetery — the catacombs of Capuchin, located in the city of Palermo in Sicily. Since the XVI century, the monks of the Capuchins adapted the crypt under the Church of the monastery for burial. Gradually underground cemetery expanded, the monks dug additional corridors. And discovering that the soil and the atmosphere of the catacombs prevent decomposition of bodies, the dead began to embalm and hang or put on public display. Today, anyone can look at almost eight thousand mummies buried under the ground.

«Believers, too, are in the catacombs, pray for the souls of the dead. Many people of the past, today none of his contemporaries do not remember, and those who are there, continue to pray. This makes some sense,» said the priest Igor Gorbunov.

© AP Photo / Francois Magnatabasb ParisCity of the dead, feast on the bones, smiling skeletons: most bizarre cemeteries in the world© AP Photo / Francois Magnatabasb Paris
A pattern of skeletons

Since the ancient Romans mined the stone there, near Paris, a network of underground tunnels. Since the eighteenth century there were transferred the remains of nearly six million people — due to the lack of city cemeteries, it was decided to fill the corridors of the bones. Many of the remains to attract tourists stacked pattern. Today, however, this local oddity in danger: the groundwater gradually erode the Foundation and fastening of the catacombs.

© Depositphotos / flocutusВисячие coffins in Sagada, PhilippinesCity of the dead, feast on the bones, smiling skeletons: most bizarre cemeteries in the world© Depositphotos / flocutusВисячие coffins in Sagada, Philippines
Between heaven and earth

The people of Bo, tens of thousands of years inhabited Islands in the Indian ocean, chose to bury the dead in coffins hanging on the rocks between the earth and the sky. The residents of the province of Sagada in the Philippines still make this unusual burial. And, according to tradition, every person should prepare for himself a coffin in advance. Five days later, after the death of the embalmed body is placed as high as possible on the steep slope of the mountain. According to local belief, the mountain — ladder between the earthly and the afterlife. In addition, such a burial is protecting the dead from looters and animals.

© AP Photo / Ajit SolankiПосетители New Lucky restaurant in Ahmedabad, IndiaCity of the dead, feast on the bones, smiling skeletons: most bizarre cemeteries in the world© AP Photo / Ajit SolankiПосетители New Lucky restaurant in Ahmedabad, India
The feast on the bones

In the Indian city of Ahmedabad is located is probably the most extravagant cemetery in the world. It is located in the New Lucky restaurant. Visitors can enjoy food and refreshments at the tables adjacent to the coffins. However, their is why do not particularly mind: they joke that the tea and scones in the institution are to die.

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