Bernardine Cemetery

  • Žvirgždyno g. 3, Vilnius

The Bernardine Cemetery is one of thBernardine_Cemetery1e three oldest cemeteries in Vilnius, Lithuania. It covers about 38,000 square metres and has an estimated 14,000 burial sites. It was established in 1810 by the Bernardine monks of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, just east of the city center in the Užupis district and is situated on an embankment of the Vilnia river. Its development was a consequence of Tsarist authorities of the Russian Empire prohibiting burying the dead near churches. The residents of Vilnius moved the cemetery to what was then the outskirts of the city.

Numerous famous scientists, painters and Vilnius University, intellectuals, professors and other renowned people are buried there including:

Helena Dzierżyńska (1849–1896), Felix Dzerzhinsky’s mother
Stanisław Fleury (1861–1915), Polish artist and photographer
Stanisław Bonifacy Jundziłł (1761–1847), Polish botanist and florist, professor of Vilnius University and head of the Botanical Garden
Kazimieras Kairiūkštis (1886–1918), engineer
Vytautas Kairiūkštis (1890–1961), Lithuanian painter
Włodzimierz Mazurkiewicz – Polish pilot and engineer
Franciszek Narwojsz – Polish matematician and engineer
Valdas Herkus Neimantas (1963–2006), the main designer of Užupis Republic
Zachariasz Niemczewski – Polish professor of mathematics
Antanas Ramonas (1946–1993), writer
Stanisław Rosołowski (1797–1855), Polish writer and doctor
Bolesław Rusiecki – Polish painter
Kanuty Rusiecki – Polish painter
Ludwik Sobolewski (1791–1830), Polish writer and historian, prefect of the Vilnius University Library
Józef Szeliga-Bieliński (1848–1926), Polish physician and historian, the first honorary professor of Stefan Batory University

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