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Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski)

Ul. Okopowa 49-51, Warsaw, Poland
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Ranked #25 of 152 Attractions in Warsaw
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
Owner description: Established in 1799-1806, this scenic and nostalgic cemetery features marble and sandstone tombstones called masebas, which reveal delicately carved... more » Owner description: Established in 1799-1806, this scenic and nostalgic cemetery features marble and sandstone tombstones called masebas, which reveal delicately carved symbols and ornaments, and the symbolic grave of the famous writer and teacher Janusz Korczak (1878-1942) who died in the gas chambers of Aushwitz. « less
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Warsaw, Poland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe and was established in 1806. It covers 33 hectares (83 acres) of land. The cemetery contains over 200,000 marked graves, as well as mass graves of victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. It is a serene cemetery with the front gate/door on the corner of Okopowa and... More

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Haifa, Israel
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17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This cemetery is yet another example of the rich and amazing Jewish life and culture that used to exist in Poland. The cemetery itself is very interesting and beautiful. I recommend that everybody visits there.

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Bologna
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We found out late on that it was suppose to be for free. There are some cheaters I guess, that went directly in the office that is at the entrance and ask us money. Very very bad, it made our experience just not as it was supposed to be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

There was no charge. The atmosphere was peaceful, serene, and quiet. I would recommend everyone to go that wants a moment of reflection and silence. It's incredible that such a quiet and beautiful place exists inside busy Warsaw. I am lucky enough to live in Warsaw and today was my first visit in three years. I will return soon or... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This Cemetery is worth visiting explaining the times when Jews were confined to predefined areas of Warsaw. Principally I am against that a fee is charged to enter sacred/religious places.

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Ogden, Utah
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a very old jewish cemetery where most of the Jews were buried that died in Warsaw during the war. There are 250,000 people buried here. There are also some mass graves. Some of the headstones had bullet holes in them.

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Naples, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

See the grave sites and tombstones; learn about the cemetery and its history. Understand the Nazi persecution and why this cemetery is an example to all.

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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This cemetery which contains the graves of maybe 250,000 people making it one of the largest of Jewish cemeteries in the , is a reminder that three and half million Jews once resided in Poland while today there are probably less than 5,000. There is a fine memorial to the Holocaust within the cemetery where many who perished in the... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Amazing place especially if you like history. Some of the grave stones are so very old you can hardly read the etchings. A must if you have family that originated in Poland

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New York City, New York
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This cemetery represented the old Jewish community in Warsaw that was destroyed by the nazis. The scale of the monuments is phenomenal and suggests that the position of Jews in pre-war Poland was very substantial. (In the same vein, you should visit the Old Jewish Cemetery in Krakow.) This is a moving experience that you will not regret.

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