Rasu Cemetery (Rasu kapines), Vilnius

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Rasos Cemetery is the oldest and most famous cemetery in the city of Vilnius, Lithuania. It is named after the Rasos district where it is located. It is separated into two parts, the old and the new cemeteries, by a narrow Sukilėliai Street. The total area is 10.8 ha. Since 1990 new burials are allowed only to family graves.HistoryThe year 1769 is cited in many sources as the date when the cemetery was founded. However, some historians believe it is a typo and the real date should be 1796. On April 24, 1801 the new cemetery was consecrated. Two days later Jan Müller, the mayor of Vilnius, became the first person to be buried there. A formal document was signed in July 1801. It specified that the cemetery received 3.51 ha of land and that the cemetery will be free of charge to all city residents. It was the first cemetery in Vilnius not located next to a church.In 1802-1807 two columbariums were built. They reached up to five stories in height and were joined at a right angle. At the end of the 19th century the columbariums began deteriorating. In between the columbariums, a neo-gothic red brick chapel was built in 1844–50. In 1888 a matching belltower was added to the chapel. At first the cemetery was surrounded by a wooden fence, but it burned down in 1812. A brick fence was rebuilt in 1820 and portions of it survive to this day.In 1814 the cemetery was expanded as authorities bought additional land from a city resident. The addition is now known as the Hill of the Literaries (Lithuanian: Literatų kalnelis). In 1847, members of the Eastern Orthodox church opened their own cemetery next to Rasos. It was used to bury soldiers from a nearby monastery hospital and poor city residents. Therefore, it became known as the Cemetery of Orphans (Lithuanian: Našlaičių kapinės).
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  • Everything about this cemetery should encourage a visitor to view the beautiful hillside site, the elaborate headstones with individual sculptures. A very ennobling experience .  more »
  • Without doubt the most beautiful cemetery I have ever visited - set on terraced land, framed by tall trees - some superbly sculpted headstones, carefully tended & flowered graves.  more »
  • You can come up with Minsk-Vilnius bus opposite the cemetery. But this is not a Race, it's a Russian cemetery. The race got to go in the opposite direction, where a statue of Mary. There is a local guide-beggar, but will tell you all. Graves Belarusians tied Ribbon understand yourself what color. Although the Polish Cemetery. For lovers of Gothic-paradise, because the place is very mountainous and there is a panorama.
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  • One of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever seen in a nice foresty area. Shame about the road in the middle but if you go into the southern part and get further in you are barely aware of what happens outside the cemetery. Must see in vilnius if you like walks with a view.
  • Probably the oldest cementary near the center of Vilnius with great history.
  • Oldest cemetry in city.
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  • The most beautiful I have seen cemetery, located on the hills. A very atmospheric place to visit, the historical value of the giant.
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