Toronto Tuesday 03.08: Necropolis

Famous people buried in a historic cemetery

This post is part of the weekly Toronto Tuesday series

The Necropolis cemetery is a historic cemetery in Toronto. Located on the west side of the Don Valley near Riverdale Farm, the cemetery is the final resting place for several famous Torontonians and Canadians. I went to two cemeteries that day: Necropolis and St. James cemetery.

What’s the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard?
Well, a cemetery has a church or a chapel next to it while a graveyard doesn’t. This church was small, humble, and looked like it was in an eternal state of mourning and sorrow.

I find it fascinating how some religions and cultures maintain a physical location with tombstones setup to remember their loved ones. It’s a sweet thought.

I thought that the sculpture above was very touching. It’s simple dark profile is capable of telling so many stories…

  • Maybe it was a small family and they were being separated. Perhaps the men were being asked to go and labour in the factories, or perhaps the family was escaping and the woman simply couldn’t walk any further. And it was the last time they saw each other.
  • tell me what other story did you think…