ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Kos Old Jewish Cemetery

Perimeter map:

Kos Old Jewish Cemetery map

South Aegean
Site Address:
15, Asklipioy Street, close to the Kos New Jewish cemetery.
GPS coordinates:
36.88704, 27.27529
Perimeter length:
235 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
The cemetery is slightly overgrown and many gravestones are broken.
Type and height of existing fence:
Yes. The cemetery is surrounded by a masonry fence with a grid, of up to 1.5 metres in height. The back of the masonry fence is partially destroyed.
General Site Condition:
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery. The back of the masonry fence is partially destroyed. The remaining gravestones are laid out flat, and are partially covered with earth.
Number of existing gravestones:
30. The remaining tombstones lie, part is covered with earth.
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
1741 (oldest gravestone found by ESJF expedition). Supposedly, there is also a gravestone from the 1690s, but the reading of the date is questionable.
Date of Newest Tombstone:
1897. One gravestone found in the new cemetery, dating from 5574/1814, is probably taken from the Old Jewish cemetery.
Urgency of erecting a fence:
It is necessary to clear the undergrowth from the graveyard and to restore the destroyed rear wall (around 100 metres of fencing).
Land Ownership:
Property of local community
Preserved Construction on Site:
In the north part of the cemetery there is a ruined building with graves inside.
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