The local Moan Wall made from shatters of destroyed tombstones
The Jewish cemetery is a part of the Historical and Cultural Conservation Area of Cemetery in Zelena St. The facility was established in 1866 based on the resolution of Chernivtsi municipality.
Engineer Reli, the design author, wanted to make the Jewish cemetery a park monument. Its territory is broken into planned quarters making a single closed complex. The formation of quarters finished in late 1880s. Today this place of grief, history and aesthetics has 137 quarters.
The territory of today’s cemetery occupies about 14 hectares. It has two entrances, the main entrance from Zelena St and the secondary one from Lubenska St. According to some estimates, more than 50 thousand Chernivtsi residents rest in this monument’s territory. Many of them played an important role in cultural and economic development of the city and whole Bukovyna.
The cemetery's Beit Kaddishim (ceremonial building) building was erected in 1905 by architect Josef Funkel for the funds of the Jewish religious community. It includes four rooms: the ceremony hall, mortuary, office room and the ceremony store. The building is now heavily deteriorated and needs renovation.
The plaque on the Moan Wall (see above) naming its authors and other people who took part in its installation
The grave of rabbi Heim Flom
A grave from the period between the two World Wars
Explanations of symbols on Jewish tombstones (sorry for the quality, due to the nasty weather the stand fell down and I had to hold it with one hand keeping the camera in the other)
The Ukrainian version
A family burial vault
Some tombs look like houses
And many graves are literary architectural masterpieces
A close-up of the above grave
Another piece-of-art family vault
And the plaque mentioning its permanent residents
Graves from the early XX century
An ornamented tomb
A grave dated November 1941. A very meaningful year...
A tomb from the end XIX century
Graves with Yiddish text only. Although hard to read, they establish the sense of the place and the ancient culture
Some of destroyed tomb stones of this type were used building the Moan Wall in Chernivtsi
A mama rests here
The ceremonial building definitely needs renovation