RUSSIAN CEMETERY
The cemetery monument to soldiers who died liberating Chernivtsi from Nazis in 1944. The graves are on both sides. Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The cemetery monument to soldiers who died liberating Chernivtsi from Nazis in 1944. The graves are on both sides

Despite its name, the cemetery has always been used to give eternal rest regardless of the dead person’s ethnicity. Most probably, this was named after Ruska ("Russian") Street nearby and initially served for burying victims of epidemics rampaging in Bukovyna. Some time later its purpose changed to burying both eminent and ordinary citizens of the city. Some mass graves from the times of the World War I can be found here. Now the Russian Cemetery has been officially recognized a historical monument.

 

At the end XIX – beginning XX century Chernivtsi was a multinational and multiconfessional city, its population included Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, Rumanians, Moldavians, Germans, Poles, Hungarians, Armenians and some other ethnicities. This can be well tracked through epitaphs in different languages. Many gravestones have their makers' names. Now the cemetery has graves from three centuries.

 

Many tombs feature beautiful sculptures, true pieces of art.

Alley with graves of Austrian army soldiers died during the World War I. The text says: "Soldiers of Caesar's Royal Army Rest Here"

Graves of Austrian Army soldiers. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Both catholic and orthodox crosses

Catholic and orthodox crosses. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The stone between the crosses

Stone with years of World War I. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

World War II took yet many more lives...

Monument to World War II soldiers. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

This is how the cemetery looks from its front right-hand corner

Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Tomb from the years between World Wars. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A close-up to see the names

Names on a tomb between World Wars. Mogelnicki, Zacher. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A burial vault for two families

Burial vault for two families. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A catholic grave

Catholic grave. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Another family burial vault with graves from end XIX - early XX centuries

Another family burial vault with graves from end XIX - early XX centuries. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A close-up of its plaque

Family burial vault with graves from end XIX - early XX centuries. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The burial vault of a Polish family

Burial vault of a Polish family. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A masterpiece of burial art

Tomb statue, a masterpiece of burial art. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Another full of sorrow, but still lovely, tomb statue

Tomb statue. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The Russian cemetery view from Zelena St

As seen from Zelena Street. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A family grave from the 1930s

Family grave from 1930s. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Plaque close-up

Family grave from 1930s. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A grave in the cemetery's central part

Grave in the central part. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A closer look

Grave in the central part, close-up. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

A combined tombstone of stone and granite

Combined tombstone of stone and granite. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The grave of a German family

Grave of a German family. Russian Cemetery, Zelena St, Chernivtsi, Ukraine
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