I find old cemeteries to be serene places for reflection and contemplation, and Halifax’s historic St. Paul’s Church Cemetery, also known as the Old Burying Ground, which dates back to the 1749 founding of the city, is one of the most gorgeous green spaces of this type. Its many weathered gravestones hint at stories of lives both brief and long — and all so long ago. The Burying Ground’s charm is evident by, among other things, the numerous times I’ve seen it used as a backdrop for wedding group photography or a leisurely setting for those simply enjoying a good book.
These photos are from an early Fall trip to Halifax a few years ago. [Click images to enlarge.]
Absolutely beautiful! I really want to visit Halifax again. Thank you for sharing!
Carrie, thanks. Looking forward to my next visit there as well.
Nice images; peaceful, full of lives past.
I love roaming around old old graveyards.
Ain’t that the truth!
Cemetery… I find it a peaceful place.
I’m with you!
I have to agree with the other comments, old cemeteries are amazing
I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who thinks cemeteries are peaceful. A few years ago I went to my nephew’s wedding in Kauai and opted not to go sightseeing on a boat (I get seasick!) and went on my own adventure with camera in hand. I came across a church and cemetery sign and got off road a mile. It was a very old church and the grounds were empty. A little scary but decided to explore. Went to the cemetery where some headstones were unreadable but the date, which went back over 150 years! I sat and reflected. I wondered what life was like on this island back then. It was very “serene”.
Thanks for sharing that memory. I wonder the same things.
I spent a summer in Nova Scotia about 12 years ago and one of my main memories was a night tour of the Annapolis Royal Cemetery – complete with lanterns. Annapolis Royal was the first (I think) capital of Nova Scotia – beautiful little town (under 1000 I believe) – but I never forgot that tour. Just beautiful – if your Nova Scotia travelling ever gets you out that way.
A cemetery tour by lantern light sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing that memory. I’ve been to Annapolis Royal, which is a lovely place, especially the old fort area but not to the cemetery so I’ll seek that out when next there.
Wow, amazing, inspiring pictures. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Did you come across Mary Magdalene’s grave when you were there? (No, I’m not kidding – there’s a gravestone with that inscription!)
That’s interesting — I’ll make sure to look for that one the next time I’m in Halifax.
Would this be one of the cemeteries where some of the Titanic passengers were buried? By the way, my yard backs to a cemetery. Best neighbors you could ask for:)
Joseph, your yard has a peaceful site as a neighbor! I believe all of the graves in Halifax’s Old Burying Ground pre-date the sinking of the Titanic. However, there are three cemeteries in Halifax where some Titanic passengers are buried. Here’s a link to a helpful post that describes those locations with images: http://www.nejman.com/todiefor/halifax.htm
Brett, that was an informative link. The headstones for the Titanic victims are unmistakable. Thanks very much!
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