Mausoleums have been in existence for over 3,000 years. The Taj Mahal, originally constructed as a mausoleum, is the most extraordinary mausoleum in the world. Bonaventure Cemetery is located in Savannah, Georgia and is a former plantation whose name means good fortune. Most people are aware of this cemetery due to its prominence in the book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Taphophiles and cemetery explorers know Bonaventure because it is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in America. Large live oak trees swathed in Spanish moss fill the cemetery giving it that quintessential southern feel.
I made my first visit to Bonaventure last month and was mesmerized.
Sharing all that Bonaventure offers would take a really long blog
posting, so for this first one featuring Bonaventure I want to focus on
the fabulous mausoleums that dot the landscape throughout the cemetery.
This mausoleum belongs to John Ernst. The doors are adorned with
wreaths, which commonly symbolize victory. The size of the mausoleum
indicates that the Ernst family was well to do.