Merkine Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Lithuania
Region
Alytus County
District
Varėna
Settlement
Merkinė
Site address
Turn onto Gardino street from the Merkinė region museum/ Merkinė Church of the Cross of the Lord (No.1 S. Dariaus and S. Girėno square), From this point, continue going forward for 150m until you reach an intersection. At the intersection turn left onto Stangės street and continue forward until you reach house No.8 across the river Stangė. The cemetery is located in woodland behind No.8.
GPS coordinates
54.16028,24.19024
Perimeter length
705 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
There are masonry pillars, which are the remains of fencing, 1.5m in height at the front and the rear of the territory.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is located in woodland, it is overgrown with bushes and grass and the ground is covered with foliage, fallen branches and moss. There is a mass grave to the south-east from the cemetery, its perimeter is 419 meters. It is unclear whether it belongs to the cemetery or it is considered to be a separate cemetery/mass grave.
Number of existing gravestones
530. The gravestones are mossy, some are fallen and deeply immersed into the ground.
Date of oldest tombstone
1878
Date of newest tombstone
1932
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Municipality
Preserved construction on site
There are remains of a building, presumably of ritual purpose.
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview