Heraklion Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Greece
Region
Crete
District
Heraklion
Settlement
Heraklion
Site address
Heraklion Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
35.33787, 25.11498 or 35.33888, 25.11405
Perimeter length
511 or 356 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
yes
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery was totally demolished and overbuilt from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s. Today, the OFI stadium and residential buildings are located on the former cemetery site. A small operating Armenian cemetery is located near the stadium.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved on the site itself. There are at least two Hebrew epitaphs from the Heraklion Jewish Cemetery in the Crete Archaeological Museum, dating from 1590 and 1645.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Private
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

The cemetery was totally demolished and built up from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s.

Survey teams learned of litigation procedures between an American Jewish organisation and stadium developers surrounding the destruction of the Jewish cemetery. ESJF’s local coordinator is gathering more information on the topic.