Saturday, 13 June 2009

Another Bone Yard

Sent to me from New Zealand, this grainy postcard [circa 1900] shows bones and skulls in the bone yard of Paco Cemetery in Manila, Philippines. The cemetery was opened in 1820 for victims of Cholera and was closed to burials in 1913. A short term rental system for burials operated here, too, and I imagine these bones are the remains of those who relatives failed to renew the lease. The cemetery became a national park in 1966 and is a popular location for weddings!. I don't believe the bones are on display today.


  1. Unbelieveable the things you turn up (not turnip). Strange image though, a photo ? A drawing ? I forget whether you said whether you'd ever been to the Paris Catacombs ?

  2. What an interesting photo! Egad. Very strange, as Owen says. Thank you for sharing!