If you’re followed my blog much, you probably know I enjoy visiting cemeteries. So when I decided to travel from Cartagena to Mompós, the local cemetery was on my list of things to see. In fact, it’s often listed as one of the main attractions in Mompós — so not such a strange thing to do afterall!
I tried to visit the cemetery on my first day in Mompós, heading that way around dusk. Unfortunately, it was already locked for the night. No hours were listed, so I decided to come back the next day. I showed up around 7:00 a.m., and the cemetery was open. It’s a beautiful place with many large monuments dedicated to Mompósinos of days past. A small chapel sits in the middle, with a path leading up to it.
The cemetery is infested with stray cats — they are everywhere. Apparently the story goes that someone who was buried here loved cats, and that friends or family of that person keep cat food around which has attracted the cats to the cemetery. I have no idea if this is true or not. Many of the cats are black, which provides an interesting contrast to the white stones in the cemetery.
After taking quite a few pictures, I headed back to the hotel for breakfast. Later in the day, I decided to return to the cemetery to take a few more pictures with the sun directly above, as opposed to the early morning shots. It’s really a beautiful place, and certainly worth a walk through if you are ever in Mompós. I’ve linked quite a few more of my photos below, please click the smaller images to view larger versions.