The Cemetery at Morne A L'Eau
Morne A L'Eau, Guadeloupe
The Cemetery at Morne A L'Eau Reviews
Did know that a cemetery could be impressive Apr 29, 2012
There were few things that really stood out from my wonderful visit to Guadeloupe and the 1400 km that we drove around it but one of the things that really did was a cemetery in Morne A L'Eau. That one of the most interesting thing would be a cemetery might sound odd, but just as the Hill of the Crosses in Lithuania it was something that I hardly can explain.
The day before I had passed this place just noticing that there was something here that I had to come back too. The cemetery is located just next to a heavy trafficked roundabout in the center of Morne A L’Eau that is an important town at the crossroads of the Le Moule, Les Abymes and Anse-Bertrand.
Having visited the town more than a couple of times since it is evident that Morne-à-l’Eau’s principal sights is its cemetery. The playground for the dead with its lines of tombs symbolizes a kind of transcendence of the burial practices of the slavery period, when slaves were usually interred at the periphery of graveyards exclusive to whites.
The most amazing thing about this place is the fact that the black and white colored grave tombs are built on a steep hill and the sheer look of this mini replica of a town is totally impressive as it looks like a miniature white village from Andalucía.
We parked the car just next to the roundabout that was under reconstruction and walked in to the cemetery in the most fantastic light as the sun was going down. I was just amazed by the constructions and I could not imagine how this place would be looking like on the day in November when they celebrate the dead with lighting the whole cemetery and the tombstone with candlelight.
Part of the Gaudeloupe 2012 travel blog
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