Grave sites are holy places where we pay respects to those whom we have loved and lost. But for some people, visiting the graves of people that they have never met is considered a pilgrimage of sorts, especially when it comes to celebrity grave sites. Here are five of the most visited grave sites in the world.
“Old blue eyes” was one of the most polarizing figures in entertainment, ever. His grandiose showmanship, his attitude and personal presence, his alleged ties to organized crime, and his passion for the opposite sex made him a true entertainment icon.
He is buried in Palm Springs, California, alongside a bottle of Jack Daniels and a pack of Camel cigarettes. His epitaph speaks volumes to the way he looked at life, “The Best Is Yet To Come”. Thousands of people visit his grave each year in order to pay homage to one of the best to ever do it.
Princess Diana was the people’s princess, and I could think of no better place to find her final resting place. She was interred on her family’s property in Althorp, North Hampshire, on Round Oval Island, in the middle of a small lake on the family land.
Her urn can be seen from the shore surrounding the island, and people are allowed to visit the site between July and September, but no one is allowed to step foot on the island itself. Four black swans live on the island and patrol the waters as beautiful sentries.
Samuel L. Clemens, or as is much more widely known, Mark Twain, is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York. Twain is famous for writing what is considered to be the quintessential American novel, Huckleberry Finn.
Thomas Henegar, the person responsible for overseeing Woodlawn Cemetery says that he would guess that nearly 3000 people come through the gates for a chance to pay their respects to, quite likely, the greatest American writer of all time.