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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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  • If someone likes to visit cemeteries or wants to light a candle on the grave of someone famous is the perfect place. A lot of soldier graves, a lot of interesting tombstones from different periods.
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  • A beautiful cemetery, filled with countless historic and one-of-a-kind graves. Very atmospheric place ideal for a walk, and a moment of reverie. I recommend you visit after dark in all souls ' day. An unforgettable experience.
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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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  • 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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