The Most famous Polish Necropolis; Polish Cemeteries - History, Styles and
Check the selection of information and photos related to All Saints Day in Poland, among them
All Saints' Day in Poland, November 1st - General Overview. Read also the earlier part of this text entitled All Saints' Day Celebration in Poland; Polish Cemeteries .
Polish cemeteries are unique. I did not see such a rich variety of graves' styles and care for the graves by alive family members
anywhere else in the world. This is partly due to the fact that Poles are Roman Catholic. For Roman Catholics the death is important part of
human existence. The death does not end human life since we all have eternal spirit. Y We all will meet there, on the other side. Poles also have a tendency to
remember past, history, not to live in the present time like people in other cultures.
For a long time Catholic Church was very skeptical towards
burning bodies, crematoria are still rare in Poland. Therefore the graves are large, since each person need to be buried in a
coffin which is of the size of a human body. Read The Hope of Universal Salvation.
People are buried in a single graves, in marriage graves or in the family graves or crypts. The cemeteries are divided into the community
include people of different beliefs and non-believers and in the parish cemeteries. The religious cemeteries are not all Roman Catholic,
Lutheran churches have their own
Lutheran cemeteries, Orthodox churches have Orthodox cemeteries. There are several Jewish cemeteries, in Krakow at least three. There are also military
There are regional differences in the outlook of the cemeteries. Polish highlanders are very skilled in wood carving, you can see it
on the old Zakopane cemetery - to the right, the complex sculptures are done from wood. Read about
Polish Mountaineers - Folk Costumes, Tradition and History
There are several old and historical cemeteries in Poland. These cemeteries have a unique atmosphere since there are filled with old trees or
bushes. They contain historical graves from different epochs built in different styles.
Two most famous old cemeteries are Powazki cemetery in Warsaw and Rakowice cemetery in Krakow. But there are much more. I personally always liked
a Salwator cemetery. Check here information (in Polish) and beautiful photographs of the
in Krakow and in Warsaw.
Rakowice cemetery is a main necropolis in Krakow. It is situated almost in the center of the
town. It was open in 1803 and it replaced several church cemeteries of the downtown. Its size was increase several times in XIX and XX century to the
current area of 52 hectares. It also encompasses a military cemetery.
Salwator cemetery is situated in a beautiful part of Krakow, on the hill. The
road to the Salwator is a beautiful old alley uphill surrounded by old trees, leads from the monastery of St. Norbert nuns, through the old St. Salwador
chapel near the St. Bronislawa hill with a beautiful panorama to Krakow downtown and to the nearby Salwator district, one of the nicest districts of our
Another old cemetery situated above the banks of Wisla river is a Tyniec cemetery, next to the old Tyniec Benedictines monastery from XI century.
My mother is buried here. Below is her grave from red sandstone (left) and the general outlook to the Tyniec cemetery. One can see many candles and flowers,
in spite of the fact that the photographs was done in summer, not even close to All Saints' holiday celebration. Click inside the photo to magnify it.
The most famous cemetery of Warsaw is Powazki necropolis.
Powazki necropolis consists of a whole complex of cemeteries. It has an old part with tombs of many famous and important people for Polish culture
and so called "Avenue of the Meritorious". It also contains a military cemetery with large number of those involved in the Warsaw Uprising against the
Nazis during World War II, the Battle of Warsaw, and the September Campaign.
Read the next part about Polish tombs and graves - overview of styles
written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn, article #446
I recommend two books: one written by Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, Mary Anne Knab (Illustrator). It is entitled Polish Customs, Traditions and Folklore
I recommend also The most famous book about Polish history is written by Norman
and it is entitled
God's Playground, Volume 1&
God's Playground, Volume 2
The SITE MAP
contains all articles classified according to the topic.