Cities of the Dead - Heaven or Hell

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This documentary, in the form of a satellite map, examines the Cities of the Dead and the weird ways we paid respect to our dead. These places are either heaven or hell depending on how one lived his or her life. These are the necropolises, cemeteries and other mass burial sites that represent how mankind showed its respect, or lack of respect, for its dead. With this map you can zoom in on the some of the oldest, and some of the largest. Some are fascinating, others represented a pure state of nirvana, while others are just plain creepy. For example, south of the former city gate (the “Barrière d’Enfer”), the ossuary holds the remains of about six million people in what are remains of Paris’s stone mines. Others contain only royalty and the elite.

The locations plotted in this map were obtained from the following sources:

• Wikipedia’s List of Necropolis • BBC Travel’s article “Exploring the History of Catacombs” • Wikipedia’s page on Mass Graves