Polish Tombs and Graves - Overview of Styles

Check the selection of information and photos related to All Saints Day in Poland, among them All Saints' Day in Poland, November 1st - a general overview. Read also the earlier part of this text entitled All Saints' Day Celebration in Poland; Polish Cemeteries and The most famous Polish Necropolis; Polish Cemeteries - history, styles and regional differences.

Although death makes us all democratically equal, Polish burial sites may differ in looks and value a lot. The difference depends mainly on finance. The bigger and more ostentatious the grave or tomb, the more affluent the family is. The sites range from simple earth graves for 100$ to giant double tombs for 5000$. The chosen material matters a lot. The typical materials for the graves are sandstone, marble or granite, the cheaper graves are made of wood. The quality, color and type of the chosen material depends also on the availability of the material in certain geographical region and also on the fashion and style in the time when the grave was built. The earth and semi-earth graves (which has a rock material as a grave frame) allow to plant flowers and plants on the top of the grave. So, only families or widows who live in the neighborhood can affort to take care of the earth or semi-earth grave. Below are photographs of a variety of graves found in Polish cemeteries (click inside to magnify the photo):

We start with the cheaper or more fresh graves. On the left you can see the earth grave. This earth grave may be temporary, eventually it may be replaced with a more firmly contracted rock frame - like the grave to the right, which are just a semi-earth grave, allowing for planting flowers but also solidly build in stone. On the right below there is a wooden fence grave, standard design.

Polish earth graves

Polish wooden grave
Wooden fence grave, custom design

Concrete terrazzo tomb

Polish terrazzo grave
Concrete terrazzo tomb partly open for growing plants

Grey granite tomb

granite grave
Red granite with colorful strikes - quite rare

Black granite

granite grave
Black granite grave - November 1st

Green granite is more expensive than other types

Text and photographs by Jerzy (Pawian) during All Saints' Day in Krakow, 2007. See more articles and photos by Jerzy

Read the earlier parts about The most famous Polish Necropolis; Polish Cemeteries - history, styles and regional differences and All Saints' Day Celebration in Poland; Polish Cemeteries .

I recommend:
The overview of Polish history was written by Adam Zamoyski and it is entitled: The Polish Way: A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and Their Culture
I recommend also a book written by F. C. Anstruther, J. Sekalski, F. C. Anstrother (Editor), entitled:
Old Polish Legends

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