Monday, June 6, 2011

Novodevichy Cemetery

Yuri Nikulin a famous clown and actor
 No, I am not gloomy, nor am I looking forward to dying  - I just enjoy visiting and walking in cemeteries. Most are in a beautiful park like setting, the plots are well maintained and many tombstones tell some story and then my imagination can fill the rest. There are always the names and the year of their birth and death. Then there is all the additional information like who remembers them,  the children they had, sometimes the work they did and often there is an engraving of a quote. Some memorials are sculptures of the person who died and others are more modest, but still very touching.

My first time visiting a cemetery, other than as a child escorting family members to their resting place,  was when I was an Au-pair student in Paris from 1963-1965. I used to take the stroller with the baby to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. It was a safe, quiet and a wonderful place to walk.
Anyway here are some more pictures from the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.

Galina Ulanova famous ballerina
One of the more unusual and controversial memorials is that  of Boris Yeltsin. Even though it is so striking one tends to walk by not expecting it to be Yeltsin's.
Boris Yeltsin

Nikita Krushchev
World War II veterans

Alexandr Bakulev famous surgeon

Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov's pretty traditional headstone.

Anyway, so much about my visit to the Novodevichy Cemetery.

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