Spent a pleasant afternoon in Northern London a few weeks back checking out Highgate Cemetery.  It's one of a series of seven large cemeteries constructed in the mid 1800s around London.  The idea was to move from burials in the crowded cemeteries clustered around central churches, by opening up large swaths of land in the outskirts for more elaborate plots.  Highgate thus became quite fashionable for Victorian burials and was filled with Gothic tombs and buildings, as well as strange symbols and statues, and when opened offered a fantastic and unobstructed view down into central London.  Now somewhat overgrown with wild flowers and trees, it makes for a fantastic and perhaps unique day out in London.  Here are few shots from the afternoon, including one of the most famous residents, Karl Marx.  For any Londoners, I can also recommended going to one of the other 7 locations, Nunhead Cemetery in Southern London, which offers more of the same, but having been abandoned and nearly completely overgrown for many years, an even more moody and decayed landscape....     

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