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Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
As the largest of its kind in the city and home to a multitude of Victorian-era graves, Cave Hill Cemetery is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally begun in the late 1840s, the cemetery features an array of decorations and tombs constructed in the grand Corinthian style. You can visit the cemetery and wander its plots, replete with local legends and ordinary citizens alike, including a number of tombs dedicated to both Union and Confederate soldiers from the Civil War. Admire the intricate designs of many of the statues and obelisks that dot the area and mark the entrances to the cemetery. This is the final resting place for former mayors, civil servants, soldiers, and even Colonel Sanders of "KFC" fame. Use our Louisville trip builder to arrange your visit to Cave Hill Cemetery and other attractions in Louisville.
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  • This would probably be last on our list to visit anywhere! A cemetery? Boy, was I very, very, wrong! Awesome landscaping, ponds, trees, statues and monuments of many famous people. It is the burial si...  more »
  • When my new husband said he wanted to take me to and show me a beautiful cemetery, at first I thought it sounded kind of weird. That feeling faded fast shortly after we entered Cave Hill, the most uni...  more »
  • The caretaker, tour guide (I don't know what to call him) took us all around explained the history of the cemetery. You could hear the passion in his voice when he spoke about Cave Hill.  more »
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  • It was our first time visiting any cemetery and, with a little amusement, it was great. It's a beautiful place with thousands of graves - some of them of famous personalities like Muhammad Ali. Quite an art involved when it comes to graves and you realize it when you visit this place. Very peaceful - for obvious reasons - and you get to see the messages and memories people leave behind when they are buried under the ground. It is quite interesting to read them. We went to see Muhammad Ali's grave - great experience. There is parking inside the cemetery near the office but, if for few minutes, you can stop by anywhere and then carry on.
  • Love this cemetery every time I visit I see something new. They have maps of where famous people are buried. Rows of our soldiers both known and unknown. It's an awing sight to see all the soldiers that have sacrificed their lives for our country!
  • I don't personally have many family or friends that are buried there...HOWEVER. - I just learned (due to Mohammad Ali's death date "anniversary") that you HAVE to make reservations on this Sat. - What if you have a loved one that just passed away on the same day?? HOW RUDE! C Palmer
  • Huge beautiful cemetery. Colonel Sanders, Ail, and Mia Zapata rest here, among many beautiful monuments to others who once called Louisville home.
  • Very old cemetery that houses some of Louisville's most famous historical figures including Colonel Sanders and Muhammad Ali. The monuments are beautiful.

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