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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  • The first important in Rakowicki cemetery was 18-year-old mieszczka krakowska Apolonia with Lubowieckich Bursikowa, died of tuberculosis on January 15, 1803. Her tomb has not survived, but in the middle of the 19th century been deducted from it the inscription and restored in 2003, when the celebrated 200 years of the founding of the necropolis. The oldest part of the cemetery was designed as a park architect Charles Kremer. In the cemetery there are statues of nagrobkowe and monuments by m.in. Xawery Dunikowski, Anthony Madeyskiego, Francis Mączyński, Stanisław Odrzywolskiego and Bronislaw Lame. Some of the gravestones are fantastic-true works of art. Buried here are great artists, aristocracy, President of Krakow. The cemetery is beautiful, it's a real park. Subcooling is among the beautiful tombstones becomes great pleasure.
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  • This is a nice cemetery. Jan Matejko's and Japan's famous Wislawa Szymborska's also sleeping many famous people. Famous grave on a map at the entrance to the cemetery to show also. I want to stroll this cemetery, away from the usual tourist destinations. Go to the bus stop even if people ride the first tram tram Terminal, so your choices.
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  • A beautiful, atmospheric cemetery. Worth it especially to the old and historic gravestones, tombs; put a candle on the grave of someone famous.
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  • Beautiful place full of history and memories. Located in the centre of a busy city, although it's very quiet and carries some amazing, thoughtful atmosphere. It's full of very old graves (The cemetery was founded at the very beginning of 19th century, before Poland regained the independence.) Great place for photography amateurs as well, as there are many beautiful sculptures and burial vaults to photograph. A definite must see when you're visiting Kraków.
  • 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.
  • Polish cemeteries are worth visiting, a lot of monuments carry interesting design. It is very clean and silent here.
  • 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.
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