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“Lots to see & great spot for photographers”
Review of Allegheny Cemetery

Allegheny Cemetery
Ranked #47 of 170 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Instituted in 1844, this 300-acre cemetery is the final resting place of such notables as Lillian Russell, Stephen Foster and General John Neville.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Lots to see & great spot for photographers”
Reviewed 14 April 2012

I've never been one to tour cemeteries but Allegheny Cemetery is something different and unique. It is worth a visit.

There are many different sculptures, gravestones, and mausoleums. You could spend hours here just exploring and be charmed with the different scenery. This is the best cemetery in Pittsburgh and photographers will enjoy capturing the different architecture and designs.

Visited April 2012
5 Thank mojo324
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Pittsburgh, PA
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Quiet within a city”
Reviewed 11 February 2012

A walk around the cemetery might not be for everyone but it is very interesting. This old cemetery has lots of unusual monuments, and the setting is spectacular. The big old trees, the pond, the huge family monuments, all make you forget that you are in the middle of a city.

2 Thank Pandora715
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A great place to stay.... forever!”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

We've checked out a number of the classic park cemeteries in the Pittsburgh area and have found the Allegheny Cemetery located in arsenal, pa to be the most peaceful.

We purchased a home last year and now decided as a family to purchase a "forever home".

The Allegheny Cemetery was extremely helpful in selecting our family's resting place. The site was secluded near very old lovely trees. In the winter crows use the area as a hunting ground and they roost just a couple of hundred feet away in the tree line. The staff showed us a number of different places and gave us a ton of options.

It was a truly customized experience. No cookie-cutter plans here!

As a family we hope to rest here peacefully for generations to come.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank mburiak
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Elkins, West Virginia
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70 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Not your common cemetery”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

Everyone has visited at least one cemetery even it it is only because a relative is buried there, but not all cemeteries are the same. Homewood and Allegheny Cemeteries, both in the Pittsburgh area, are unique cemeteries referred to as "Victorian Garden Cemeteries". This type of cemetery was created during the 19th century as a place to permanently bury loved ones outside the city limits rather than in the over-crowded church yards within the city. Winding paths were laid out and a variety of trees, scrubs and flowers were planted to add beauty. People were encouraged to erect monuments, mausoleums and rod iron benches in family burial plots. Victorian families believed that your status in society was reflected by how much money was spent on their wedding and funeral ceremonies. Homewood and Allegheny cemeteries are excellent samples of this type of cemetery. Visitors can spend days roaming the paths and observing the mausoleums that resemble Greek, Roman and Egyptian buildings, the monuments of individuals, angels, little children, lambs, etc. and the many symbols associated with death. You can observe squirrels and a variety of birds, a wide variety of flora and fauna and mass plantings of seasonal flowers. Either cemetery is an ideal place to relax, walk or jog and get away from the day's stress. Allegheny Cemetery is one of the oldest of the US Garden Cemeteries and is the eternal resting place of numerous famous Pittsburghers who you may only know by the name of a street, building or product. America's first professional composer, Stephen Foster, slumbers with his parents within its grounds.

7 Thank Richard E
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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343 reviews
167 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Lots of history here”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

This old cemetery has a lot of Pittsburgh's historical figures buried here. The grounds are lovely, and it's a nice place for a walk, although a bit steep in places.

1 Thank andyhg
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