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Rakowicki Cemetery, Krakow

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
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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  • Beautiful, historic cemetery maintained as parkland. Beautiful tombstones, you can see that in the course of renovation and time on the wistful reflection. For this history lesson this later (monument "murdered in the East"), and a little earlier (for example, the tombs of the army with a distinctive mogiłą Lancers from Rokitnej). Many famous Poles. In the well-tended, surrounded by a park you can reminisce and think about things is important; slow down for a while.
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  • 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...  read more »
  • Good to know better how polish people care about your loved ones. Is a nice and well care cemetery. Visiting this cemetery it's like a visit to the past. I recommend. 
  • 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.
  • Very nice and calm place with a lot of very beautiful headstones
  • Beautiful
  • Piękne, historyczne miejsce.
  • Needs renovation
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