Katura (katura) wrote in abandonedplaces,

Rookwood Necropolis

These photos are from Rookwood Necropolis in Sydney's west, Australia. This is said to be the largest cemetery in the Southern Hemisphere. It dates back to the 1870s, and people are still buried there today. The entire cemetery is not abandoned, but there are large areas that have been left to wear away and be overtaken by nature.

This peeling paint and rust covered the entire crypt:

There were large areas where this dry grass had grown waist-high, and you could see the tops of the headstones peeking out above them. It made me wonder who decides which graves will be left to be hidden away by nature and whose should be upkept.

The structure in the background looked like it was undergoing some restoration; perhaps this whole overgrown area will be changed.

This beautiful statue was hidden very far into the overgrowth beneath it.

The side of a crypt. We peered inside but it was too dark to see anything.

The door of a crypt.

I think this must have been a chapel? The windows were all smashed out.

The only area where there were bright, flowering plants overtaking everything. I couldn't even get to the area you can see behind this.

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