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World's Most Historical Cemeteries (PHOTOS)

10/11/2011 07:27 am ET | Updated Dec 11, 2011

Exploring history can take on many guises, from dusty tomes to cinematic recreations, lecture halls to physical monuments. Yet one of the most basic ways to feel a tangible connection to the past can be to explore the very places where the giants of history were laid to rest.

For the truth is that history’s most famous names — some of whom have become more legend than fact — were all just people like us. And it is by standing at their grave sites, that allows us to feel a real link to these colossal figures from the past.

From city-like cemeteries to grand mausoleums, modest grave sites to vast cathedrals, the great and the good are interred in a variety of places around the world.

We asked our friends at history-themed travel website Historvius to highlight some of history's most famous resting places and their renowned residents.

Herewith, their list.

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