CNN Travel has designated Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah among the world’s ten most beautiful cemeteries.
In its introduction, CNN writes, “To some, it may sound like a strange way to spend a vacation.
But for many visitors, the carefully manicured grounds of cemeteries can provide beautiful moments to remember history’s fascinating figures.”
As for Bonaventure itself, the description reads:
“Located on the site of a former plantation, Bonaventure was established as a public cemetery called Evergreen in 1847. It became Bonaventure when the City of Savannah bought it in 1907. It’s now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
“Notable people buried here include Confederate general Hugh Mercer, novelist and poet Conrad Aiken and singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer, who wrote lyrics for Hollywood movie songs, including “Moon River.”
The Jewish section has a memorial to victims of the Holocaust, whose ashes were brought here from a Nazi labor camp.
Bonaventure’s fame grew when a sculpture of the so-called Bird Girl from the cemetery was featured as the cover of the 1994 book, ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.’
330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, Georgia, United States”
Other cemeteries on the list are located in such places as New Orleans, London, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Moscow, New York and Chile.