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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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  • A very good place to visit, you can know too much, the traditions and especially visit the tombs of great characters of Krakow
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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 »
  • This can someone would have offended mahakassapa's but it is best to come to Rakowice ... a walk in the sunny afternoon. Quiet, green, some trees are very picturesque. In different species of birds are hiding crowns gained-Jays, woodpeckers, gile and others. You can come across squirrels, hedgehogs, moles. Autumn colors leaves can enchant. In winter, the architectural details. At night during the All Saints day light. Worth a wander into the old part of the wall where the old boards. You can reach the grassy path to the left of the main entrance. Here on the alleys we go back in time and we have the opportunity to think about.
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  • The national monuments of Polish Heritage. Never miss that place, while sightseeing tour CRACOW.
  • 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
  • Very nice and calm place with a lot of very beautiful headstones
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