Sunday, June 19, 2005

Lake View Cemetery

When the library school friends came a while back, we decided to check out Lake View Cemetery over on Mayfield near Little Italy. It had been highly recommended as a place to take out of town guests, but we were skeptical. But I've never heard of a cemetery that's so much like a park and that has so much going on!

We went up in the Garfield Monument to see the view, which was nice, but would have been better if it had been less foggy and rainy. On a sunny day, I'm sure it's gorgeous. But the monument itself was pretty interesting, and the docent there was happy to tell us about the history of the monument. She also recommended we go to the Wade Chapel in the cemetery, which turned out to be an excellent idea.

The chapel has these fantastic Tiffany glass windows and mosaics, and, the day we were there, a fabulous docent who engaged us for a good half hour, telling us local history, the history of the chapel, explaining the symbolism of the murals in the chapel, and pointing out interesting details and technical points of interest about the chapel.

We hadn't planned to go to the chapel, but it turned out to be a highlight of the visit! It's free. I highly recommend it.


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