Heřmanův Městec - Jewish cemetery

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The cemetery dating to the 15th century is among the oldest and best-preserved Jewish cemeteries in the country. The oldest legible tombstone is from 1647. A total of 1,077 tombstones are arranged in 21 rows of unequal length... Full description

The cemetery dating to the 15th century is among the oldest and best-preserved Jewish cemeteries in the country. The oldest legible tombstone is from 1647. A total of 1,077 tombstones are arranged in 21 rows of unequal length, including a tomb from 1844 and large tombstones from the mid-19th century. The last burial took place in 1940. The tombstones, especially the older ones, are mostly from sandstone; the newer stones are from marble. Inscriptions are in Czech, German, Hebrew, and their various combinations. A mortuary from 1838 is situated approximately in the middle of the cemetery. The mortuary holds a communal coffin, thanks to which Jews were able to circumvent the decree from Emperor Josef II that all individuals must be buried in coffins. The communal coffin was used only for transport; afterwards burials were conducted in the traditional shroud. The site also features a restored funeral vehicle and several display cases that inform visitors about Jewish ritual customs and symbols.
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268 m above sea level
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