The bizarre history of the hearse
How the dead are driven to their graves
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Traveling in a hearse is very likely the final journey a deceased person will take. Indeed, a hearse is among the most identifiable symbols of death and examples of this mode of transport date back to antiquity. But it's in Europe during the 14th century that the bier, an early type of hand-drawn hearse, first appeared. The horse carriage was later adapted for the task, before the motorized hearse became popular in the early 20th century. Truly, the history of the hearse is a fascinating and sometimes macabre one. So, are you interested in finding out more about the vehicles that transport the dead?
Click through and follow them to the grave.
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