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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  • I took the guided Trolley Tour and it was so much fun, I can't wait to book another tour, there are a variety of tours to choose from so it's entirely possible to go back and see something new and hav...  more »
  • Of course, the beauty and serenity of Green-Wood makes it one of the most amazing cemeteries in the world. We already knew that. What made our visit to Green-Wood phenomenal can be summed up with one ...  more »
  • We walked through the cemetery on a snowy day. Very beautiful and peaceful. We even went inside some of the buildings which housed the cremains of those who had been cremated, and were surprised at ho...  more »
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  • This is seriously one of the most beautiful places ive ever been to, and also a large learning experience. Some of the architecture is so incredibly interesting because of the mixture of religion. Beauty
  • This cemetery has fascinating monuments and mausoleums, several bodies of water, huge old trees, and a maze of winding paths. There is a map which can be used as a guide to find the graves of a number of famous people.
  • Historical site where battles were fought and people were buried. The cemetery design was so popular it inspired the designs of Central Park and Prospect Park. They are some famous people buried here and it continues to be the largest cemetery in Brooklyn, but with a touristy feel to it. They give tours here and even have a trolley ride if you're don't like walking.
  • Brooklyn's Cultural and Historical Crown Jewel. Surprisingly unknown to many New Yorkers Green-wood Cemetery is unsurpassed in beauty, serenity and historical richness. It is a very rare place of respite from the maddening pace of modern life, many times I have visited and literally have the place to myself with only the sound of rustling leaves and singing birds. Truly a magnificent place to visit and experience.
  • Although I went here to locate my ancestors' graves, I would go back again to walk the grounds in a more leisurely fashion. The varied styles of memorials and the nineteenth-century feel make for an interesting afternoon outing.

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