Monday Window – 12
For my final installment of my short series of stained glass windows we will go to – where else – a cemetery. Not just any cemetery but Atlanta’s oldest, Oakland Cemetery. This historic place of final rest was founded in 1850 and today is just “a skip and a holler” from the tall buildings of bustling downtown Atlanta. Some 70,000 people are interred at Oakland Cemetery and there are still burials there these days although the last plot was sold in 1884.
Many of the grave sites are impressive mausoleums that feature marvelous art and stained glass windows. Since these windows are for the dearly departed they are not readily accessible to visitors. I have just one seen through a wrought iron door. The other is as seen from the outside.
The “consolation” photo shows windows of the Bell Tower Building which serves now as the visitor center and offices of the Historic Oakland Foundation. Yes, your read correctly, visitor center. This is a joyous place to visit and there are periodic bashes of revelry. On quieter days of contemplation you can follow up with a visit to Six Feet Under for a pint or two.
For some additional views see my Thursday Doors post on Oakland Cemetery.
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