Located in the northern part of Chicago, the Graceland Cemetery has become one of the most well-known and historic cemeteries in Chicago, Illinois.
The cemetery was first established back in 1860 in an area that at that time sat outside the Chicago area. As Chicago grew in size, the cemetery became a part of it.
The cemetery dates back to the years where graveyards didn't take much consideration for the dearly departed. Tombstones weren't well kept and bodies were sometimes buried on top of each other. Despite this, Graceland was different. Each grave site is properly maintained with headstones and a beautiful landscape. The well kept and maintained look of Graceland made it a historical landmark in its own right.
Individuals can visit the cemetery and see the tombstones that bear historical significance. There are also grand examples of architecture dating back hundreds of years. There are many monuments and tombs that were constructed in such a beautiful way that they reflect the history of architecture during the Victorian Era. These tombs and monuments include the Getty Tomb, and the unique Schoenhofen Pyramid Mausoleum. Besides the historic tombs there are also amazing sculptures such as The Eternal Silence and The Crusader, both of which were sculpted by Lorado Taft.
The Graceland Cemetery well worth a visit when in Chicago. No doubt the thought of visiting a cemetery as part of a tour of a city isn't the first thing that will come some anyone's mind, but at a closer glance, a cemetery such as Graceland holds much historical significance.