Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

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#3 of 6 in Historic Sites in Brooklyn
Green-Wood Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the city's famous personalities. A rural cemetery when it was founded in the 1838, the city now surrounds this National Historic Landmark. The entrance features ornate, Gothic Revival gates where a colony of monk parakeets perch. The highest point in Brooklyn, Battle Hill, is on the grounds and offers a view of the neighborhood. Here, you'll also find a Revolutionary War memorial statue, Altar to Liberty: Minerva. Purchase a self-guided walking-tour book or a mobile app on the cemetery's website, or join a trolley tour that's offered a few times a week. With our international travel planner, Brooklyn attractions like Green-Wood Cemetery can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Unlike the cemeteries-Park in the Brazil, this here is idyllic, has impressive tombs, also works of famous, dense vegetation at some points and even a lake. To access is very easy, there's a metro station right next door. A historical place worth visiting if you are in to visit cemeteries beyond the usual tourist places.
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  • We took the subway to Brooklyn from Manhattan and the stop is right around the corner from this beautiful cemetary. The gatekeeper was super helpful and gave us maps for a self guided tour. The cemete...  more »
  • We’re driving around sightseeing and came up one this cemetery. It was so amazing. Very clean, and it was huge. Loved it.  more »
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  • This is a beautiful cemetery. Even if you don't know anyone who is buried there, it's a lovely place to wander around. There are famous people buried there and some stunning buildings. The grounds are well designed and you can take a guided tour.
  • A great place to take a breath and relax (that is if you don't mind going to the cemetery). The scenery, trees, views (on the hilltop you can see the bay) and of you can stay until sunset... Just wow! You can drive into the park but it's best to drop the car somewhere in the park and either walk or ride a bike to different spots.
  • This is a truly beautiful gem to have in the neighborhood. I love coming here for a walk, alone or with friends, for photographs or sketches. As wonderful as the place is its far too limited for the locals to access. Transportation is limited to bipedal or cars (They won't allow bikes because they find it disrespectful and insensitive to the site, which I refer to again to cars...) People are respectful. This site needs to be made more accesible to the public.
  • Beautiful cemetery for peaceful walks. Good for relaxing, pondering, and, in general, good for just getting lost in thought. It's also huge. I've been there countless times and still haven't seen a third of it. If you're a fan of Radiohead, couple your lonesome walk with The King of Limbs.
  • Beautiful Cemetery. Its a nice and quite area. Away from all the noise of city life. Its a nice place to go for walks. It has lots of history and the place is huge you can get lost. Be sure to grab a map.

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