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Rakowicki Cemetery, Krakow

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Rakowicki Cemetery is a cemetery in Poland, located in the centre of Kraków. It lies within the Administrative District No. 1 Stare Miasto meaning "Old Town" – distinct from with the historic Kraków Old Town further west. Founded at the beginning of the 19th century when the region was part of Austria-Hungary), the cemetery was expanded several times, and at present covers an area of about 42 hectares. Many notable Cracovians, among them the parents of Pope John Paul II, are buried here.HistoryThe Rakowicki Cemetery was set up in 1800–1802 at an estate in Prądnik Czerwony village, originally on an area of only 5.6 ha. It was first used in mid-January 1803. The new cemetery came into existence in relation to a public health-related government ban on burials in old church cemeteries within the city. The land was purchased for 1,150 zloty from the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites of Czerna, and built with funds from the city and the surrounding villages (including some future Districts of Kraków): Rakowice, Prądnik Czerwony and Biały, Olsza, Grzegórzki, Piaski, Bronowice, Czarna Village, Nowa Village, Krowodrza and Kawiory, all granted the right to bury their dead there. The first funeral took place on January 15, 1803, with the burial of an 18-year-old named Apolonia from the Lubowiecki family of Bursikowa estate.
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  • Most of my family is buried on this cemetery. I go there quite regularly (if only I manage to find the time) to visit my father, my grandma and others. It's the main one in Cracow, you can find graves...  more »
  • The main cemetery of Krakow, there are many famous Poles buried there. There isn't any super-spectacular tomb, maybe with the exception for Matejko's (the famous Polish painter) tomb. It is a good pla...  more »
  • I visited this amazing cemetery on a hot day and it was a place of cool respite from the heat and crowds of Krakow. The cemetery is huge and has some famous people buried here: Jan Matejko, Tadeusz Pa...  more »
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  • Really a must see in Krakow. Historical place. Specially in the all saints day place is really beautiful. Cementary in summer time closes at 8pm and mainly in winter time 6pm but be careful because you may get locked inside. Night time it is mainly dark and its pretty hard to find your way around but with candles it looks really calming.
  • Most interesting Cemetery for those with a fascination with WW2. There is a Polish WW2 plot, a German WW2 plot, a large Soviet WW2 plot and also a British WW2 War Cemetery. Plus numerous memorials throughout the cemetery. Well worth a visit and easy to get to on Tram Line 2 from central Kraków.
  • Excellent service in the Cemetery Office. There is a numbered queuing system so you need to take a ticket as you come in. The queue didn't take long and the assistant found my family's grave in seconds and drew a detailed map to help us find it. It was a thrill to know where my great grandparents and my great-great grandmother are buried. The Cemetery is peaceful, though well visited and tidy with many mature trees. An interesting and moving experience.
  • Heritage of Krakow. Place of peace ... specially in hot summer days
  • The national monuments of Polish Heritage. Never miss that place, while sightseeing tour CRACOW.

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Krakow ranks among one of Europe's increasingly popular tourist destinations, which is reflected in the rising costs of comfortable lodgings. The best hotels are concentrated in and around the historical old town, where five-star luxury comes at a very steep price. Old town hotels place you just steps from fine shops and restaurants, as well as the city's main museums and galleries. However, if your trip involves a tight budget, avoid the central district and check out mid-range hotels and economical hostels in one of the outlying neighborhoods.
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