Surveys in Moldova

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Kishinev Skulyanka Jewish Cemetery (Preserved part)

Drone survey :
Kishinev Skulyanka Jewish Cemetery

Perimeter map :
Kishinev Skulyanka Jewish Cemetery

Country:
Moldova
Region:
Kishinev
District:
Kishinev
Settlement:
Kishinev
Site Address:
1, Milano street.
GPS coordinates:
47.03676, 28.7979 (gates)
Perimeter length:
1400 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
No. The old part was demolished and overbuilt.
Type and height of existing fence:
Type of the fence. There is a masonry wall, partially constructed from broken matzevot.
General Site Condition:
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery. The site has recently been cleaned up, and is in the process of restoration.
Number of existing gravestones:
About 23,500 (23.430 counted in 2003)
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
1903
Date of Newest Tombstone:
2018
Urgency of erecting a fence:
Fence is not needed. Already fenced.
Traces of Vandalism:
Yes. By the end of 2018, the cemetery was not properly maintained. It was overgrown, with some traces of vandalism: numerous matzevot are broken (intentionally or otherwise), and there is graffiti, some of it Anti-Semitic.
Land Ownership:
State
Preserved Construction on Site:
The site contains the ruins of Beit-Tahara
Specific Threats:
The cemetery is listed as a nationally protected monument. Restoration is in process, with plans to create an open-air museum.
Drone surveys:
No. Permission has not yet been granted. Once it has been, we will return to conduct the survey.

The preserved section of the “Skulyanka” Jewish cemetery dates back to the early 20th century, and is marked on maps of the region from the 1930s. The cemetery is still in use. The older section was constructed in the early 19th century, and is marked on maps of the region from 1817. It was demolished and built over in the 1950s.