Beth Haim, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

4.2
#10 of 10 in Things to do in Amstelveen
The Beth Haim of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Netherlands. It was purchased for use as a burying ground by the Jewish community of Amsterdam in 1614 and is located in the village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, in the countryside near Amsterdam.In addition to its age, the graveyard is interesting because the tombstones have inscriptions in three languages, Portuguese, Dutch and Hebrew, and because, unusually for a Jewish cemetery, many of the tombstones are carved with elaborate scenes including human figures.There are two paintings by Jacob van Ruisdael that were inspired by Beth Haim. Although the paintings are usually called in English "The Jewish Cemetery at Ouderkerk", the artist felt free to add picturesque elements, and they therefore do not closely resemble the actual location.Famous people buried at the Beth Haim include: Samuel Pallache (ca. 1550–1616), Moroccan diplomat numerous Pallache family (later as "Palache") descendants of brothers Samuel and Joseph Pallache Menasseh Ben Israel (1567–1616), rabbi and friend of Rembrandt van Rijn Joseph Pardo (ca. 1561–1619), Italian rabbi David Pardo (ca. 1591–1657), Dutch rabbi and son of Joseph Pardo Eliahu Montalto (1604–1657), personal physician to Maria de Medici Joseph Pardo (ca. 1624–1677), English hazzan Baruch Spinoza's parents (16th–17th centuries) Maup Caransa (1916-2009), real estate developer The cemetery is open to visitors and is free of charge.
Make your Amstelveen itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
Source
Create an itinerary including Beth Haim

(Amstelveen is the nearest city to Beth Haim)

map
Beth Haim Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
12 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Within this cemetery in the Jewish community is known throughout the world. Cemetery is over 400 years old, there are ca 28000 Jews buried. On the oldest part of the cemetery are dazzling (lying) to admire gravestones with mostly biblical scenes. Many well-known Jews are buried here, including Sarphati, Caransa, De Castro, too many to name, you should go see it yourself. The painter Ruysdael has gained inspiration here, it is also unique that here a Jewish slave, called Eliezer is buried
    View original
  • Check opening times before you travel, but Beth Haim is worth a visit. One of the oldest jewish cemeteries in western Europe, some very remarkable tombstones and its relevance for Amsterdam history ca...  more »
  • This old cemetery has a history. This place is a little bit far from the Amsterdam City Centre. The location is near the Amstel river. I saw the graveyard self is a bit neglected but perhaps they just...  more »
Google
  • Once you go through the gate you come into a haven of peace. A worthy place with a very special atmosphere. Very beautiful.
    View original
  • Hello girl coin Kamo from the dash I can see the city graveyard Wahi Netherlands and seeing trees and cool like.
    View original

Plan your trip to Amstelveen

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Amstelveen

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Amstelveen by other users

12 days in Amstelveen, Paris & Barcelona BY A USER FROM TUNISIA November, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Amstelveen BY A USER FROM GREECE December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PERU October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Amstelveen BY A USER FROM BRAZIL February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM URUGUAY December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Amstelveen BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Amstelveen BY A USER FROM BELGIUM December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Amstelveen BY A USER FROM INDIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 39 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Amstelveen BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans