Egypt’s Valley of Kings and Queens is arguably the most renowned ancient cemetery in the world, where Pharaohs were buried with their most prized worldly possessions, awaiting life and luxury in the afterlife. Yet there are plenty more incredible burial grounds you may never have heard of! Tana Toraja is one of Indonesia’s most alluring destinations and home to some of the most mesmerizing cemeteries in the world. The Toraja peoples’ dearly departed are buried in rock-hewn caves and a wooden effigy is carved to stand proud and watch over the remains. The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic is arguably one of the strangest burial places in Europe, with all the decorations and furnishings of the interior of a seemingly unassuming Roman Catholic Church, made entirely of human bones…over 40,000 of them in fact.

Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland

Newgrange, County Meath, IrelandFlickr: evocateur

City of the Dead in Northern Ossetia, Russia

City of the Dead in Northern Ossetia, RussiaFlickr: 5nap

Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand, UzbekistanFlickr: Fulvio Spada

Tomb of King Tongmyong, Pyongyang, North Korea

Tomb of King Tongmyong, Pyongyang, North KoreaFlickr: yeowatzup

Royal Tombs. Petra, Jordan

Royal Tombs. Petra, JordanFlickr: Polina Fatourou

Sedlec Ossuary – Czech Republic

Sedlec Ossuary - Czech Republic

The Catacombs of Paris, France

The Catacombs of Paris, FranceFlickr: tommiehansen

Tana Toraja, Indonesia

Tana Toraja, Indonesia

Tomb of Tu Duc emperor in Hue, Vietnam

Tomb of Tu Duc emperor in Hue, Vietnam

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