Orhei Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Moldova
Region
No administrative division by regions
District
Orhei
Settlement
Orhei
Site address
Located between Strada Unirii Street and Strada Tudose Roman Street. The entrance is next to 32, Stradela Unilirii Street.
GPS coordinates
47.38597, 28.81711
Perimeter length
1,110 meters
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is surrounded by an old and partially ruined masonry wall between one and 1.5 metres height.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is operational. Some parts are well-maintained, and some are very overgrown. The local Jewish community takes care of the site. On the western side, the wall is broken, the territory is littered and there are gas pipes which run through the cemetery’s territory.
Number of existing gravestones
Around 10,000 - 15,000
Date of oldest tombstone
1778 (oldest tombstone found by ESJF expedition). Supposedly, the oldest tombstones date back to the 17th century.
Date of newest tombstone
2018
Urgency of erecting a fence
Low
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
The cemetery site includes a house near the cemetery gate. Reconstructed after WWII, it may have been used as a beit-tahara.
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

According to the local community of Orhei, this cemetery was used by Jewish communities from the surrounding areas, and each shtetl had its own plot.

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