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Cities of the Dead
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer
I try to visit New Orleans at least once a year. Last year I took the short walk from the French Quarter to the most famous cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery #1.
This year I ventured out by car to the Greenwood and Cypress Grove Cemeteries at the end of Canal Street. Both of these cemeteries are very large. As most know, New Orleans is built on a swamp and the deceased have to be buried above ground. The cemeteries take on the look of small villages with their elaborate sculptures and other decorative artwork embellishing the tombs. They even have street and speed limit signs. Just one more reason the cemeteries of New Orleans are known by the nickname, “Cities of the Dead.”
I should add, and with all cities, some parts are in better repair than others.