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“San Juan Cemetery”
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San Juan Cemetery
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Owner description: A seaside cemetery where a number of notable Puerto Ricans rest.
Panama City, Panama
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“San Juan Cemetery”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

FYI....the cemetery closes at 2:30 p.m. Most locals don't understand the attraction to the cemetery and will likely caution you about going for a visit. The neighboring La Perla is not a place I would consider visiting but the cemetery is amazing! Pristine, white headstones with a magnificent blue backdrop from the ocean. A photographer's dream location. Definitely worth the time.

Visited October 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Gorgeous, famous cemetery”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

This cemetery is beautiful, with white stone headstones. It's sits by the ocean, and the view looking down to it is gorgeous with the water in the background. Gomez from The Addams family is buried here. Nice place to stop!

Visited October 2013
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Cruz Bay, St. John
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“Breathtaking Cemetery by the Sea”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Between the two forts, El Morro and San Cristobal, lies the magnificent Santa María Madgalena de Pazzis cemetery, the final resting place for the country’s most notable figures since the 1800s. Accessible only through a tunnel under the fortress walls, the location is significant and based on the Puerto Rican belief of separation between death and life. The burial sites overlook the Atlantic Ocean, symbolizing the spirit crossing over to the afterlife. Monstrous white marble statues grace the landscape. Adjacent to the cemetery is La Perla, a slum community known for international drug trade and arms distribution. We weren’t aware at the time that visitors are advised to use caution when visiting this cemetery due to its proximity to La Perla but we were there during daylight hours and had no concerns.

Visited October 2013
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Fullerton, California
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“Headstones with a view”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is a very nice cemetery. The cemetery sits right on the coast. It was an easy walk from our hotel El Convento to here. Right next door is one of the forts as well. To get here you have to walk down a tunnel and the entrance follows. We walked through and saw some amazing headstones. To get out walk back to the way you came in, there is a not an exit on the other side. We spent maybe 30minutes here.

Visited October 2013
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Kent, WA
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“Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis: what a place to spend eternity!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

I must admit that when I saw the scary-looking tunnel that is the entrance to the cemetery I was a little intimidated, but my determination to see this beautiful place helped me to summon the courage to enter. It wasn't as scary as I though - it was a much shorter tunnel than it appeared to be from above.

Upon entering, my eyes were dazzled by all of the incredible white marble tombs and sculptures. They are so close-set that it is difficult to pick your way through them, but it is so worth the effort. A person in a wheelchair could enjoy the cemetery from the main path, but would be unable to wander between the tombs over to the walls. The views of the water from the walls are unbelievable, and there is also a good view into La Perla, the shanty town next door.

Most of the tombs are very well-kept and incredibly beautiful. There are a few that have fallen into disprepair but those are the exceptions. The fort of El Morro is right next door to the cemetery and makes for an imposing backdrop.

El Morro has a small gift shop and rest room (which at the time of my visit in September 2013 had a charge of 50 cents to use) and the facility is located about midway between the fort and the cemetery in the large field that separates them.

This cemetery really is a photographer's paradise - I highly recommend a visit!

Visited September 2013
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