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Rakowicki Cemetery

Address: Rakowicka, 42, Krakow 31-511, Poland
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Ranked #32 of 119 Attractions in Krakow
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Owner description: The parents and older brother of Pope John Paul II rest in peace at this centuries-old cemetery.
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Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Owner description: The parents and older brother of Pope John Paul II rest in peace at this centuries-old cemetery.

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Krakow, Poland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Me and a friend went there to see the graves of the famous Polish poets that are buried there. There are many flowers placed at these graves. Many of the graves at this cemetery are very old. The oldest me and my friend found was from 1801, but there are many too weathered to read, so it could well be... More 

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A visit at night time on November 1st is not to be missed. On all saints day literally thousands of beautiful coloured candles adorn the graves and it's quite breathtaking

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Bimingham
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31 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We went to visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery over the road (my husband has a research interest) I found the memorial to the Polish soldiers who died defending the city from invasion very powerful But this older cemetery, which we walked back through, is fascinating-in the way Pere Lachaise in Paris is . The section with 'artists' in I found... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I've never seen a cemetery like it. This fantastic cemetery holds a memorial for the Holocaust victims, so it's great for anyone who is interested in this. Also contains some amazing tombs, crypts and very grand Graves and head stones as well as war Graves. This cemetery is beautifully maintained and peaceful. Definitely worth visiting while in Krakow.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

While visiting a cemetery is probably not at the top of a tourist's list of things to do in a new city, Krakow provides the exception. Poland has a long history of honoring one's deceased loved ones on All Saint's Day with families flocking to cemeteries with grave decorations that include elaborate flower arrangements and candles to light at night.... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

If you are a person who finds cemeteries interesting then this one is a must see. It is easy to get to on the #2 tram line.

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Fife, Scotland
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We had a very nice weather when we went in April to visit the Commonwealth War Graves and spent far longer than anticipated wandering round this fair sized cemetery (100 acres). Cemeteries are not for everyone but this one is well worth a visit and was very colourful with all the flowers and lanterns and there are a lot of... More 

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Nashville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

are buried here. Both sides of his family...the Wojkyta and the Kaczorowscy families. His brother that died in 1932 is here. The Pope would visit here each time he was back in Krakow.

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Doha, Qatar
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156 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

For those who like to visit cemeterys this one is well worth seeing. Not as beautiful as some Austrian or French cemeteries it still has a large number of older large tombstones and Crypts with quite a bit of sculpture. There are some nice Gothic revival crypts and the cemetery does have a haunting quality. In the middle is an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Not everyone will enjoy visiting a cemetary, but if you're that sort of person then this is a beautiful and peaceful place to spend an hour or so. There are some particularly moving monuments dedicated to the holocaust and and World War II, and also one for those who died during Communist rule.

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