Rakowicki Cemetery in Krakow


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Rakowicki Cemetery is the biggest and the best known cemetery in Krakow, located 3 kilometers northeast from the city centre. It is surrounded by a beautiful park. It was built in 1803 when Krakow was under rule of Habsburg Empire. It filled up quickly and was doubled in size by 1836.

Reason why it was filling up so quickly was city’s fast growing population and a new burial law brought by Emperor Joseph II’s. Under new law people of Krakow could not bury their family members right next to local churches as they had used to do in the past. Today there are many sculptures in the cemetery by the best artists of their time like Xawery Dunikowski, Tadeusz Stryjenski and Teodor Talowski. Here rest those who contributed enormously to Polish science and culture: painter Jan Matejko and Wojciech Kossak, ethnographer Oskar Kolberg, actresses Helena Modrzejewska and Barbara Kwiatkowska-Lass, theatre director Tadeusz Kantor and actor Piotr Skrzynecki.

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