The Old Cemetery of Podgorze (Krakow, Poland)

The Old Cemetery of Podgorze (Krakow, Poland)
For over a hundred years it was the main necropolis of the Free Royal City of Podgorze (which has become part of Krakow in 1915).

About the cemetery

The Old Cemetery of Podgorze is the oldest municipal cemetery in Krakow. It was established shortly after the city of Podgorze itself (most certainly between 1786 and 1792) because by the law, cemeteries had to be outside the city confines for sanitary reason.

By the end of the 19th century the cemetery was reached its full capacity and it was closed in 1900. A rapid devastation process began. Partly destroyed during the WWII and in 1970. during the constructing of the new road.

Old Podgorze Cemetery is the resting place of artists (painter Aleksander Kotsis), national heroes (freedom fighter Edward Dembowski) and other distinguished citizens (Wojciech Bednarski). It remains an island of tranquility and place for reflection.

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The Board of Communal Cemeteries in Krakow
Rakowicka 26
31-510 Krakow


Opening hours

April - September 7.00 - 20.00
October - March 7.00 - 18.00