Peace & Contemplation

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Alan Payling continues his occasional feature looking at tours with a difference, and finds that some excursions really are a matter of life and death

The month’s choice outing is a trip to a cemetery. However this is not just any old burial ground but a grand Victorian graveyard, Highgate cemetery. Before I outline what’s on offer in North London, it might be worth responding to the question that I suspect is on the lips of the reader: who would want to visit a graveyard? Well, actually, the evidence suggests that quite a lot of people do. Take the mother, father and granddaddy of all burial grounds just outside Cairo. That’s right, the Pyramids. That’s just what the three wonders of the world at Giza are: tombs for the Pharaohs.

The Circle of Lebanon at Highgate Cemetery. HERITAGEDAILY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

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