A silent cemetery overlooking the sea
A cemetery which tells of the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body
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Candidates for a world heritageFormer Gorin Church
The cemetery attached to Gorin church sits on a mountain slope on land which has been cultivated. If you go up a hill with poor footholds, you will see an open space with two levels where a stone wall has been built. A large crucifix (known locally as a “kurusaado”) has been erected within the higher part of the open space. There exists a theory that this was once regarded as an altar. The deceased have been buried with their feet facing towards the crucifix. A possible reason they were buried this way is so that when the resurrection of the dead occurs, they will be able to stand up and immediately see the cross (belief in the resurrection of the body is one of the essential elements of the Christian faith). The gravestones have various different shapes. Some are rectangular-shaped stone tombstones which have had crosses engraved into them, while others are little more than a pile of pebbles.