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Lake View Cemetery // on film

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I have more photos from Lake View cemetery to share today. (See the land camera photos here.) I'm still in complete awe of this place. I never expected it to be as incredible as it was. It made every other cemetery I've been to pale in comparison. I had read a few different places that it's like Cleveland's outdoor museum and now that I've visited I can agree, it most certainly is. There's so much to see. I spent a few hours and I'm more than positive I didn't see the majority of what's there.

President Garfield's monument was so much different than I had expected. I had seen pictures of it a while back and wasn't too concerned about visiting it but when I finally spotted it I had to take a peek inside. First of all, it's massive. Photos don't begin to do that place justice. There are stairs inside that lead you up to the balcony. You can't get too close to the rail, safety precaution I suppose, but even from the middle of the balcony you can see all the big buildings in Cleveland off in the distance and a bit of the cemetery. It was gorgeous. The main room you walked into had a huge statue of President Garfield and downstairs is where you can find his and his wife's casket. I took a quick peek downstairs but darted out of there in record time. Perhaps it was because I was the only person down there, since I don't even believe in ghosts and caskets aren't scary, but I was definitely a little unnerved.
 
The main reason I went to Lake View Cemetery? To look for the Haserot Angel or as I've also seen him called "The Angel of Death Victorious." He holds an upside down torch to symbolize a life extinguished. Due to weathering he has tear stains running down his cheeks. This is easily in my top three headstones I have ever seen in person. (Other two being the girl in blue and Home for the Friendless) It's breathtaking in person ...or maybe that was because I was sweating my butt off and absolutely exhausted from trekking around the cemetery all day. Hah! But seriously, it's a site to see for sure.
xoxo

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28 thoughts

  1. Such a lovely looking cemetery. That angel is so creepy... I love it :D

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  2. "Don't Blink!"

    Sorry, I can't see Statued/weeping/any winged figures without thinking of Doctor Who.
    But these photos are awesome! I always thought mauseleums (sp) were amazing.

    Thank you for sharing these! :)

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  3. Cemeteries are quite awesome. Living in Virginia we have some VERY old headstones, many nearly illegible. I used to take photos of many of them on for blog. This cemetery that you visited is gorgeous!

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  4. What a beautiful statue!!! It's amazing that the weather created statues.

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  5. The effects on 'The Angel of Death Victorious' are incredible. I do love that turtle though. Have you been to "Hollywood cemetery" in Richmond,Va? Not as cool as the one you just toured but somewhere to go if you're ever in Richmond.

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  6. Wow. Those photos are all incredible. They are all so different is partly what amazes me. So many different era tombstones and monuments. And the Angel of Death headstone... so very sad.

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  7. So beautiful yet so creepy! I'd love to visit that cemetery one day! :) x

    http://blueskygazing.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Creepy and interesting! is a great place
    your photos are so cool

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  9. I love the photos, the turtle was quite cute and different. I've never seen something like that at a cemetery.

    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

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  10. oh wow, what a gorgeous cemetery! diane sent me over because she knows my love of cemeteries! wow, that angel is scary and wonderful at the same time!

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  11. I went to visit Highgate Cemetery in London recently, and the tour guide said that tombstones feature items (such as the Angel's torch) upside down as a mark of respect. I thought that was really interesting.

    I cannot believe how beautiful the angel is! I can't imagine how stunning it must look in real life.

    Becky
    xx

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  12. All of the statues are so beautiful! I wish I could be buried in a cool little building. Definitely don't know what they're called lol

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  13. Woah, he is definitely a creep-tastic angel! So amazing! I'm just about to start a book about Garfield and his assassin (called Destiny of the Republic), so I'm sure I'll be interested in visiting his tomb next time I'm up in Cleveland.
    I love these cemetery photos that you share :)

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  14. If you ever happen to find yourself in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago (as people so often do haha), I think you'd like the Bettendorf Castle in Fox River Grove (my hometown!). Sadly, it's not currently open to the public, but it's pretty awesome when you get a glimpse of a tower from the highway. :)

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  15. Wow, such an amazing cemetery, the ones where i live are very ordinary sadly :/ I found something really cool that i think you'd love! http://www.etsy.com/shop/ConcaveOblivion?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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  16. Man I wouldn't want to mess with that angel guy, he looks like he means business. What great pictures!

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  17. These photos are stunning, I love all the details of the carvings, and the tears down the last statue are beautiful, if a little creepy! xx

    www.jessthetics.wordpress.com

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  18. Wow, what an amazing place. These photos are stunning!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  19. Amazing photos. That angel is just breathtaking.
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  20. I love Lakeview, I've lived in Cleveland my whole life and have been so many times, but I don't think I've ever seen that weeping angel! Now I'm curious and may be making a trip sometime this weekend. Though I'm not sure if I really do want to see it up close, it being a weeping angel and all!
    Amia
    www.teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com.

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  21. When I lived in Cleveland I loved Lakeview. In the spring Daffodil Hill is awesome.

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  22. WOW that Angel of Death Victorious is sooooo cool.

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  23. that turtle is so damn amazing, I've never seen one in a cemetery!
    thanks for sharing such amazing photos :)
    -
    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

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  24. Beautiful photos AND somebody already beat me to the Doctor Who reference, dang.

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