|When I visited during this year’s Open House New York, I have to admit I only had one thing in mind: going to see the catacombs!|
|Back in the early days of the cemetery, the grounds were actively mined for gravel. The resulting open-cut pits were converted into what was described as “apartment buildings for burials.”|
|This type of burial facility had the main benefit of eliminating the possibility of being buried alive in the ground – something that was not all that uncommon.|
(this is what an empty burial slot looks like)
The “apartments,” or catacombs, consist of 30 vaults, each of which was usually owned by a separate family.
|After touring the catacombs, we had the chance to enter several mausoleums and admire the amazing craftsmanship that was employed in building these final resting places. But that is for a new post. Check back soon!|