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Wroclaw has two Jewish cemeteries. The older one is located in the south east part of Wroclaw. The cemetery covers the area of 4.6 ha and its origins go back as far as 1856 when the first burial took place. However, some of the tombs come from earlier times. The oldest matzeva dates back to 1203 and is regarded as the oldest tomb plate in Poland.
The cemetery contains a variety of tomb architecture. The tomb monuments range from small forms like columns, steles, sarcophaguses to large ones such as mausoleum chapels and sepulchers with portals and canopies, etc. This necropolis is also noted for the rich collection of cemetery art symbolic decoration of the graves and the matzevas (some Mauretian or Egyptian in style).
More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Jewish_Cemetery_in_Wroclaw

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