Trip Planner Europe  /  Lithuania  /  Vilnius County  /  Vilnius  /  Historic Sites  /  Rasu Cemetery (Rasu kapines)

Rasu Cemetery (Rasu kapines), Vilnius

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
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).
Arrange your visit to Rasu Cemetery (Rasu kapines) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Vilnius using our Vilnius tour planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • Worth a look for the tomb of the Mother of Piłsudski and his heart, the tomb of Lelewel, the graves of Polish soldiers, beautiful sculptures. The sad fact that the Soviets were ordered out of the intersection of the necropolis.
    show original
  • Unfortunately, the cemetery is bisected by a 4-lane roadway, but both parts are characterised by a wonderfully peaceful mood. Scenic, beautiful, great tombs, beautiful chapels, thousands of subjects
    show original
  • Appalled to stroll through this bosque-cementerio, spacious and cosy. There are many tombs and statues that remind us all that here lie. There is a part dedicated to the remains of soldiers from more than 20 nationalities that were part of Napoleon's army, killed in Vilnius to return from the campaign of Russia in December 1812. Also there is an area for those fallen in the first war world. And also for those killed in the second war world. The memory of the massacred by the Russian dominance makes up a good part of the cemetery and is that appeals more to the Lithuanians.
    show original
  • Beautiful cemetery. Located near the city centre. It buried such well-known Polish and Lithuanian cultural and literary puoselėtojai. Unfortunately, the cemetery very compressed.
    show original
  • Nice place! Worth to visit.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 4​h
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m