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The Colon Cemetery in Havana, Cuba, named after Christopher Columbus, is well known for its many elaborately sculpted memorials and mausoleums, but it is also notorious for overcrowding.

Since its opening in 1876, more than a million people have been buried here, and being an active cemetery, fresh bodies arrive here every day. To make room for the recently dead, old graves are dug up every three years and the remains are boxed and stored within the cemetery’s premises. But back in the late 19th century and the early 20th, the bones were most disrespectfully dumped out in the open.


American soldiers pose on top of nearly two hundred thousand skeletons at Colon Cemetery, Havana, Cuba. Circa 1899.

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