Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Beth Zeigler
Aug 7, 2008

Right in our backyard lies Glendale Memorial Park, one of six mortuaries associated with Forest Lawn with the Glendale location having quite a history. World renowned for its architecture and a museum, it might actually be the best kept secret on this side of Los Angeles.

Going for a visit, the first thing you notice is the enormous entrance gates (built in 1932 and are actually the largest wrought iron gates in the world). Your first stop along the way will be the information booth. There you'll pick up a detailed map of the grounds and start your way up a winding road.

A few places to stop and look around are The Great Mausoleum, inspired by the Campo Santo in Genoa, Italy and the four churches on the property (Church of the Recessional, Hall of the Crucifixion/Resurrection, Little Church of the Flowers and Wee Kirk o' the Heather).

Fun fact; Regis Philbin and Ronald Reagan were married at Forest Lawn in Glendale. And to boot there's a museum at the very top of the grounds with the most amazing view of Glendale and surrounding zip codes. And best yet, did we mention it's all free?!

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