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May 16, 2016

Discover Egyptian influences at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Walking tour will highlight ancient symbols in graveyard

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Laurel Hill Cemetery R. Kennedy/Visit Philadelphia™

Laurel Hill Cemetery does not conform to the typical “spooky” graveyard stereotype thanks to its green landscape, breathtaking views and beautiful sculptures and architecture.

Laurel Hill Cemetery will host a walking tour May 21 that links ancient Egypt to Philadelphia. The tie might seem far-fetched but American cemeteries founded in the 1800s tend to have noticeable Greek, Roman and Egyptian influences on monuments and mausolea. 

Beth Savastana, who will guide the tour, will point out some of the cemetery's historic tombs that have ancient symbols and architectural styles that have survived from the time of the pharaohs.

Attendees will also encounter special guests along the walk. Indiana Jones may even make an appearance in the graveyard.

At the end of the walking tour, there will be a Mediterranean-inspired fare and the "drink of the Gods" for guests at Laurel Hill's Gatehouse.

Tickets are $12 each, but members, seniors and students can receive discounted prices.

Cryptic Crypts: Egyptian Symbolism at Laurel Hill

Saturday, May 21
1-3 p.m. | $12 general admission
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave.