Cypress Lawn Cemetery is a spectacular cemetery located in Colma, California. Many industrial titans who lived in San Francisco are buried here, along with publishing giants and people who made this area (and the country in some cases) what it is today.
The entrance looks like the entrance to a medieval castle. The back gate continues the medieval theme:
In between these structures is a cemetery filled with monuments, crypts, mausoleums and graves that are so spectacular that very few people could afford them nowadays.
There are very old tombstones, some from as early as the 1800s…
Man’s best friend can be found in this cemetery, apparently waiting for his master.
Photographers use the beautiful, gothic atmosphere for photo shoots.
My favorite crypts are the ones buried in a small hill. The monument is on the top, the crypt is in the hillside.
Colma, known as “the city of the silent,” has 1.5 million residents underground in 17 cemeteries and about 1700 above ground… all in less than two square miles. Colma’s motto: “It’s great to be alive in Colma.”