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“Not your common cemetery”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Allegheny Cemetery

Allegheny Cemetery
Ranked #48 of 166 things to do in Pittsburgh
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Owner description: Instituted in 1844, this 300-acre cemetery is the final resting place of such notables as Lillian Russell, Stephen Foster and General John Neville.
Elkins, West Virginia
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70 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Not your common cemetery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

Everyone has visited at least one cemetery even it it is only because a relative is buried there, but not all cemeteries are the same. Homewood and Allegheny Cemeteries, both in the Pittsburgh area, are unique cemeteries referred to as "Victorian Garden Cemeteries". This type of cemetery was created during the 19th century as a place to permanently bury loved ones outside the city limits rather than in the over-crowded church yards within the city. Winding paths were laid out and a variety of trees, scrubs and flowers were planted to add beauty. People were encouraged to erect monuments, mausoleums and rod iron benches in family burial plots. Victorian families believed that your status in society was reflected by how much money was spent on their wedding and funeral ceremonies. Homewood and Allegheny cemeteries are excellent samples of this type of cemetery. Visitors can spend days roaming the paths and observing the mausoleums that resemble Greek, Roman and Egyptian buildings, the monuments of individuals, angels, little children, lambs, etc. and the many symbols associated with death. You can observe squirrels and a variety of birds, a wide variety of flora and fauna and mass plantings of seasonal flowers. Either cemetery is an ideal place to relax, walk or jog and get away from the day's stress. Allegheny Cemetery is one of the oldest of the US Garden Cemeteries and is the eternal resting place of numerous famous Pittsburghers who you may only know by the name of a street, building or product. America's first professional composer, Stephen Foster, slumbers with his parents within its grounds.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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338 reviews
163 attraction reviews
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“Lots of history here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

This old cemetery has a lot of Pittsburgh's historical figures buried here. The grounds are lovely, and it's a nice place for a walk, although a bit steep in places.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“If you like cemeteries.. This is a great place to visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

Very cool place to visit if you like to stroll around and check out tombstones, crypts, statues, spires, and much more. They have a section for soldiers/military graves, which is actually pretty cool. There are some angels on statues that have started to corrode.. also very cool.

Headstones from the 1800's are worn and pretty cool. A visit in the fall with all the fall colors was super fun.

My wife and I are new to the area and wanted to take pictures here for our Christmas card because we're strange like that. It turned out to be a really fun way to spend a couple hours here in Pittsburgh. I loved it and would go back just to wander around.

Visited November 2011
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Mass
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498 reviews
436 attraction reviews
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“Neat if you like this sort of stuff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2009

This cemetery was a very interesting place to check out. There are some neat headstones to check out as you drive or stroll around. The scenery is really nice as the grounds crew does a great job.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“a fascinating place for a stroll”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2006

I'm not really "into" cemeterys, but the Allegheny Cemetery is an exception. If you're looking for something cheap (free) to do on a beautiful afternoon, this is a great place to take a walk. There are some relatively famous people buried here - stephen Foster and many Pittsburgh noteables. The cemetery itself is beautiful - varied trees and plants, ponds, fountains, and rolling hills. The headstones and mausoleums come in fascinating varieties - from small and brokendown to impressively large and ornate. A great place for a date - it provides a lot of conversation starters.

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