Highgate Cemetery, opened in 1839, is London’s most famous and exotic burial ground. The magnificent graves and tombs perfectly reflect high Victorian taste.
For many years the cemetery lay neglected but was rescued from further decline by a voluntary group known as the Friends of Highgate Cemetery.
The West Cemetery, which can only be visited on one of the excellent guided tours, has many fine restored tombs.
Highlights of the romantic wilderness of catacombs and monuments include the Egyptian Avenue, a street of family vaults based on the style of ancient Egyptian tombs, and the Circle of Lebanon, a ring of vaults topped by a cedar tree.
Amongst the eminent Victorians buried in the West Cemetery is the chemist Michael Faraday. The East Cemetery is rather drab in contrast but is still notable as the final resting place of Karl Marx, who lies beneath a vast black bust of himself.
The novelist George Eliot (real name Mary Ann Evans) is also buried here
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