Bernardine Cemetery: Wanders Around a Graveyard

Wednesday, February 18, 2015



Back in the fall, J and I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather to take a stroll through the Bernardine Cemetery. This cemetery is one of the three oldest cemeteries in Vilnius and is just gigantic (Wikipedia says it is 38,000 square meters). The cemetery was built in 1810 by the Bernardine monks (the same monks from the nearby Bernardine church). Restoration only recently began in the 1990s, and over the years many of the graves sunk into the ground.

This cemetery was so different than ones I've been to in the States, as the grounds are a bit unkept and the terrain was a bit crazy. I've also heard that sometimes in the spring you can find bones coming up from the ground. Creepy!










Just look at that sunny weather! I am so ready for that again. Have you visited old graveyards near you?

4 comments:

  1. I really do enjoy visiting old graveyards!

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    1. Me too! This one was lovely in the fall. I also hear that it is great when there is a festival where you light candles on all of the graves.

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  2. So eerily beautiful! The dappled sunshine is hauntingly beautiful - I'm not sure how I'd deal with bones either...

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    1. Creepy, right? It was a gorgeous day for the walk though!

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