Pele Demise: Inside The World’s Largest Tomb Where The Brazilian Was Buried In A Gold Coffin

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Pele died at the age of 82 on December 29, 2023 after a battle with cancer and was buried in world’s largest tomb in a gold coffin.

Pele Demise: Inside The World's Largest Tomb Where The Brazilian Was Buried In A Gold Coffin
The mausoleum of Pele is now accessible to the general public.

After his death, thousand of mourning fans lined up on the streets to bid farewell to the footballing legend.

He was given a burial fit for a king, with the three-time World Cup winner being laid to rest in a golden coffin.

He was laid to rest in the world largest and tallest cemetery after a public funeral at Santos’ stadium in January.

On Monday his mausoleum on the second floor of the 14-storey tall Ecumenical Memorial Cemetery in Santos, Brazil, was opened for the general public.

In the entrance of his tomb, there is a two life-size golden statues of Pele at the door.

The statue in the cemetery are both flanked by the flags of Brazil and Santos.

There is also an artificial grass as substitute for a carpet once you step inside the cemetery.

The walls of the 200-square-metre space are also plastered with pictures of fans in a stadium, and a soundtrack of cheers being played.

Pele Demise: Inside The World's Largest Tomb Where The Brazilian Was Buried In A Gold Coffin
On January 3, Pele was buried in a golden coffin.

The celling is having an exquisite decorative touch with a touch of sky blue colorations.

Pele’s Golden Coffin – which is in the center of the room – is the most striking and attractive feature in his tomb.

The centre-piece is topped with a cross and has black etchings on the side which depict his 1000th goal and iconic raised-fist celebration.

Edson Cholbi ado Nascimento, Pele’s son told reporters in an interview that: “This was made with a lot of love by people who knew him, who lived with him. It has the essence of what he was.”

Pele Demise: Inside The World's Largest Tomb Where The Brazilian Was Buried In A Gold Coffin
The cemetery is in the Brazilian city of Santos.

A 44-year-old businessman Ronaldo Rodrigues, who was the first fan to visit told Citizen Digital that: “It surpassed my expectations. It’s a really beautiful place.”

The tomb itself can only allow a limit of 60 visitors a day, which is done via a sign-up form on the cemetery’s website.

Pele has amassed an astonishing goal record during his playing time and also won the World Cup trophies three times.

Pele himself claimed he had scored 1,283 goals, which would put him on top of footballs all-time scoring charts.

A crucifix is placed above the tomb..

Guinness World Records however reduced his tally down to 1.279, while RSSSF (Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation) has his tally down with a still impressive 778 strikes.

Pele

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who is also known by his nickname Pelé was a Brazilian footballer who played as a forward and lived between 23 October 1940 – 29 December 2022.

Pele is considered as one of the greatest players of all time. He was among the most successful and popular sports personnel of the 20th century.

The late Brazilian was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee in 1999 and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

His playing career is depicted in vivid detail on the side of the coffin.

In the year 2000, Pele was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century.

Guinness World Record recognizes his 1,279 goals in 1,363 games tallies which inluded friendlies matches.

It was “the essence of who he was,” according to Edson.
The world’s tallest cemetery is where Pele’s tomb is situated.
The world’s tallest cemetery is where Pele’s tomb is situated.

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