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California, U.S.A.
Welcome to Colma, California.
Colma is a small city in San Mateo County, with a tiny population of nearly 2,000 residents. Colma is a so-called necropolis, meaning that comprises the grounds of a large cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments. The word necropolis comes from Greek necropolis, meaning city of the dead. Since Colma's lands has been dedicated to cemeteries since 1924, there are actually more people buried here than are living in the city. This has caused the city to be called The City of the Silent, and the city website sarcastically states: It's great to be alive in Colma. The reason for the many burial grounds here, is that San Francisco is not allowed to bury people. It sounds odd, but there was in fact an ordinance in the 1900s that prohibited any type of burials in the city, and existing graveyards had to be moved. Hence, Colma is home to two thousand living and over two million dead people! The commercial buildings in Colma have a distinguished architecture with Spanish-Mediterranean motifs. The small city has an old-world atmosphere with antique street lamps adorning the brick-paved residential streets. As far as museums go, there is the Colma Historical Association, which is largely dedicated to the many cemeteries. But there is more to this city than just tombstones like two shopping centers with plenty of stores and restaurants, as well as one of Northern California's most complete collections of car dealerships!
"Colma" by Tom Hilton as licensed under CC BY 2.0
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