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“Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park”

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Ranked #3 of 30 things to do in Glendale
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Owner description: This famous cemetery has dozens of fancy Hollywood tributes and exhibits, and it attracts over one million annual visitors.
Ventura, California
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“Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

Mediocre rating due to the misinformation provided by the uninformed or uncaring staff.

Be sure you have arrived at the correct Forest Lawn since there are many in Southern California. AND arrive early to see the interior exhibits because the buildings CLOSE AT 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, although the Park is open until 6:00 p.m. The information given by the staff and literature is confusing since they both indicate that the "grounds and mausoleum are open until 6:00 p.m. daylight saving time," but when we arrived at the Great Mausoleum to view the La Pieta & Moses Statutes and the Last supper Window at 4:20 p.m. we were told they were closed and we were not allowed entry. We would have visited earlier had the staff at the Museum and/or Crucifixion & Resurrection Paintings had answered correctly when we asked what time the exhibits closed. We were also misinformed that the Wee Kirk o' the Heather chapel would be open, but we found it locked.

But we saw the aforementioned paintings and they are really neat. And the David was surprisingly authentic ad would be a treat for children and less travelled adults (we've seen the original in Florence). The grounds are beautiful and we will return with friends in tow.

We also visited the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn which is approximately 15 miles west of Glendale. There we saw the beautiful mosaics depicting the Birth of Liberty and scenes fro early American History and the bronze Abraham Lincoln. Sadly the main interior exhibits in the Hall of Liberty are closed on the weekdays. I think creator Hubert Eaton would be disappointed to know that access to his wonderful exhibits is limited during summer weekdays (especially in August when most Europeans vacation. Lastly indoor photos are strictly prohibited.

Visited August 2014
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“World's Largest Paintings of Jesus & Last Supper”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

I think this is the only place where one can see the largest paintings of Jesus' crucifixion and the last supper in a well guided presentation. In addition, an exhibition of classic motor bikes and serene gardens. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2014
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Proctorville, Ohio
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“Relaxing and Beautiful”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

We drove up on the Hill to look out over the mountains and the city, beautiful view. The stain glass window of The Last Supper is very nice to see at Forest Lawn and the Museum is nice. They also have a small gift shop. I enjoyed seeing the Song of the Angels painting and the many statues. This is a nice place to go for a quiet relaxing walk while looking at the art. There is no charge to see the Window or the beautiful reproductions. The 16' 9" tall statue of David stands on top of the hilltop. It is an exact reproduction of Michelangelo's masterpiece. There is a motorcycle museum there also.

Visited July 2014
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Summerville
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“Peaceful and Beautiful”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Museum and the Last Supper exhibit are sites that are very unique to any cemetery. The views of the valley between Glendale and Los Angeles are worth the visit in and of themselves.

Visited July 2014
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“Visiting a Friend”
Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

We departed from Alameda Naval Supply Depot in 1964 aboard the USS Zelima AF-49. I came back in 1966, he didn't. I often wondered to Jack. I recently discovered that he was killed in Vietnam in 1966. His parents buried him here, at Forest Lawn, Glendale. His grave is just down the slope from the statue of David. Having never been here before, I was struck the sheer beauty of this cemetery. It's a very peaceful place. R.I.P. Jack.

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