Bernardine Cemetery, Vilnius

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The Bernardine Cemetery (Lithuanian: Bernardinų kapinės, Polish: Cmentarz Bernadyński), is one of the three oldest cemeteries in Vilnius, Lithuania. It covers about 38,000 square metres and has an estimated 14,000 burial sites. It was established in 1810 by the Bernardine monks of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, just east of the city center in the Užupis district, and is situated on an embankment of the Vilnia river. Its development was a consequence of Tsarist authorities of the Russian Empire prohibiting burying the dead near churches. The residents of Vilnius moved the cemetery to what was then the outskirts of the city.

The Columbaria were built on the east and west sides of the cemetery. The cemetery was expanded in 1860. After the Second World War the cemetery was abandoned for the most part and began to deteriorate. It was closed in the 1970s and since then until recently it had remained almost unchanged. Many of the oldest graves had sunk into the ground and became covered in moss. The eastern columbarium had almost entirely disappeared. Restoration and reconstruction of its buildings and monuments, including the western columbarium, began in the late 1990s.
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  • A pretty and historic Polish cemetery about 10 minutes walk from the main square in Uzupis, this is worth visiting. It is quite well maintained with an attractive element of being overgrown. The...  more »
  • If your are walking around at Uzupis then spend 10 minutes in order to take some photos in this very old and strange cemetery. Free of charge.  more »
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  • One of the most awesome cemeteries I have been to. Beautiful place and hard to explain the feeling but I definitely think it's worth the visit.
  • Place to remember the 19th and the first part of the 20th centuries in Vilnius.

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