Two years ago I had the opportunity to take a tour of Green-Wood, which showed me aspects of the cemetery that I did not know about. On one of the highest points in the cemetery, we saw the Altar of Liberty. Here there is the Goddess Minerva, with her arm raised, facing the Statue of Liberty as if saluting her.
Slightly down the Hill is the monument to those who fought in the Civil War. The monument is 35 feet high. There are plaques on all four sides, which contain inscriptions. Most impressive to me are the four life-sized statues of represent the four branches of the military: infantry, cavalry, artillery and engineers.
As we drove through the cemetery we saw a number of mausoleums. Some of them contain the remains of people you may know—like Charlies Feltman, the inventor of the hot dog or Henry Steinway, the piano manufacturer. Many of these mausoleums have stained glass windows, statues, and furniture in them. One even has heat!
We also saw the graves of famous people like Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Leonard Bernstein to name a few.
I was particularly struck by the beauty of the statues that adorn various graves. The ones that appeal to me the most of those of angels. Here are three of my favorites.
|Angel of Grief|
|Angel of the Resurrection|
Should you ever be in New York City, I would highly recommend a visit to Green-Wood Cemetery. They have regularly scheduled tours--you will learn a great deal about the cemetery, but also enjoy a beautiful setting.