Fantastic 250 year old cemetery - Kolkata, India
The South Park Street Cemetery in central Kolkata is one of the earliest non-church cemeteries in the world. It opened in 1767 and was in use until about 1830, despite the plaque on the entry gate claiming it closed in 1790. Although Europeans started not to use it as much after that time. 1600 grave sites or tombs are located there with a vast array of fascinating architecture. Many of the tombs and monuments are of a size rarely seen in more modern cemeteries. The oldest grave is of Mrs. S. Pearson who died in 1768. Many of the markers are touching, especially of young women and children who most likely followed their husbands and fathers to India and then met with premature death from tropical diseases.