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Mount Calvary Cemetery – Resting Grounds for Gentle Spirits

May 15, 2012 by  


Dramatic crucifix

Dramatic crucifix

While it’s not Richmond’s most famous or oldest cemetery, Mt. Calvary is certainly one of the most visually interesting.  Geographically, it bumps up to Riverside and Hollywood Cemeteries.  Stand right at the corner and look north and it’s ornate graves, monuments, and mausoleums for as far as the eye can see.

While you’re looking, you’ll notice the large and awe-inspiring crucifix at the center of the cemetery.  Surrounding it are many monuments of different styles – Celtic crosses, religious statuary, and cherubim, mostly, but also some pretty interesting unique pieces as well.

Another thing you’ll notice is a large amount of graves for reverands, priests, and nuns dated from the late 1800’s to the present.  This is because the cemetery was originally founded to act as resting grounds for a Richmond Catholic population that was outgrowing Holy Cross Cemetery in North Richmond.

People of many other religious backgrounds are also buried in Mt. Calvary, and some of the statuary is very interesting:

The Weight of the World

The Weight of the World

Since not much historical data is posted about Mt. Calvary, if you have more information, please post it in the comment section so that we can all learn more about one of Richmond’s treasure troves of history.

Likewise, if you’re a cemetery buff, or a seminary scholar, this is definitely a place worth visiting.



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