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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.
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Binnen Joodse gemeenschap is deze begraafplaats in de hele wereld bekend.Begraafplaats is ruim 400 jaar oud, er liggen ca 28000 joden begraven.Op het oudste gedeelte van begraafplaats zijn schitterend... more »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
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 »
Once you go through the gate you come into a haven of peace. A worthy place with a very special atmosphere. Very beautiful.
Hello girl coin Kamo from the dash I can see the city graveyard Wahi Netherlands and seeing trees and cool like.
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