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cemetery: Powązki, Warszawa
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Cmentarz Powązkowski w Warszawie

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Powązkowski Cemetery, customarily Stare Powązki - a historic necropolis in Warsaw. Located in the present Wola district, between Okopowa, Powązkowska, Tatarska and Jana Ostroroga streets. The Metropolitan Curia of Warsaw supervises it, which is represented by the cemetery management. The social guardianship committee is the Social Committee for the Care of the Old Powązki. The whole area of the cemetery - a treasury of sculpture and small architecture - was strictly conserved, subject to the Warsaw Monument Conservator. The cemetery is located on the odd side of ul. Powązkowska, at number 1, and its administration is opposite, at number 14. [source: Wikipedia, 44149]
type of the cemeteryreligious
state of the cemeteryactive
[source: Wikipedia, 44149]
Poland
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area where services are not available
History
The cemetery was founded on November 4, 1790, on a plot of land donated by the Szymanowski family. It was devoted to May 20, 1792 and initially it occupied an area of about 2-2.5 ha. In 1792 the construction of the church of St. Charles Boromeusz, founded by the clergy of Warsaw, and designed by Dominik Merlini. Even before the dedication of the cemetery, so-called catacombs. The cemetery was enlarged many times and today it occupies 43 ha. During World War II, the necropolis itself did not suffer too much, but at the end of the war, the church and the buildings of the chancellery burnt down (including a cemetery archive). During the occupation, the Home Army was active in the cemetery - there were weapons depots, military lectures were held, food was smuggled through the cemetery wall into the Warsaw ghetto. Among the buried about 1 million people, there are many well-known and distinguished people, including soldiers of national uprisings from the Kosciuszko Insurrection to the Warsaw Uprising, independence activists, outstanding writers, poets, scholars, artists, thinkers, doctors, lawyers, clerics. Some of them rested in the Avenue of Meritorious Persons founded in 1925. After 1945, a mausoleum was organized in the catacomb building, where the ashes of the murdered in the concentration camps were laid. In 2012, a brick wall separated the Old Powązki from the Jewish cemetery in Wola; about 70 gravestones were destroyed. In July 2014, the cemetery, along with five other necropolises forming a complex of historic religious cemeteries in Powązki, was considered a historical monument. [source: Wikipedia, 44149]
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Nina Andrycz
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Władysław Bartoszewski
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Hanka Bielicka
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Joanna Chmielewska
1932-2013
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Wanda Chotomska
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Edward Dziewoński
1916-2002
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Bronisław Geremek
1932-2008
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Janusz Głowacki
1938-2017
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Stefania Grodzieńska
1914-2010
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Gustaw Holoubek
1923-2008
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Irena Jarocka
1946-2012
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Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka
1950-2010
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Bogusław Kaczyński
1942-2016
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Jan Kobuszewski
1934-2019
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Krzysztof Kolberger
1950-2011
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Tadeusz Konwicki
1926-2015
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Andrzej Kopiczyński
1934-2016
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Jerzy Kulej
1940-2012
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Maciej Kuroń
1960-2008
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Irena Kwiatkowska
1912-2011
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Andrzej Łapicki
1924-2012
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Wiesław Michnikowski
1922-2017
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Wojciech Młynarski
1941-2017
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Czesław Niemen
1939-2004
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Jan Nowak-Jeziorański
1914-2005
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Józef Oleksy
1946-2015
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Bronisław Pawlik
1926-2002
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Marek Perepeczko
1942-2005
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Tadeusz Pluciński
1926-2019
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Ewa Sałacka
1957-2006
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Irena Sendlerowa
1910-2008
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Wojciech Siemion
1928-2010
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Krystyna Sienkiewicz
1935-2017
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Andrzej Stelmachowski
1925-2009
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Jan Suzin
1930-2012
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Irena Szewińska
1946-2018
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Jolanta Szymanek-Deresz
1954-2010
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Zbigniew Ścibor-Rylski
1917-2018
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Daria Trafankowska
1954-2004
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Violetta Villas
1938-2011
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