Kerepesi Cemetery

Budapest, Hungary

Kerepesi Cemetery is the most famous cemetery in Budapest. Founded in 1847, it is one of the oldest cemeteries in Hungary which has been almost completely preserved as an entity.

The cemetery's first burial took place some two years after its opening, in 1849. Since then numerous Hungarian notables (statesmen, writers, sculptors, architects, artists, composers, scientists, actors and actresses etc.) have been interred there, several of them in ornate tombs or mausoleums. This was encouraged by the decision of the municipal authorities to declare Kerepesi a 'ground of honour' in 1885. The first notable burial was that of Mihály Vörösmarty in 1855.

Until the 1940s, several tombs were removed to this cemetery from others in Budapest – for example, it is the fourth resting place of the poet Attila József.

The cemetery was declared closed for burials in 1952. This was partly because it had become damaged during World War II, and partly for political reasons, as the Communist government sought to play down the graves of those who had 'exploited the working class'. At one point it was intended to build a housing estate over the cemetery. Part of the grounds were in fact handed over to a nearby rubber factory and were destroyed in 1953.

In 1958, a Mausoleum for the Labour movement was created. During the Communist period (which lasted from 1948 till 1989 in Hungary) this was the only part of the cemetery highlighted or even mentioned by the authorities. After the fall of communism, Kerepesi was still considered by some as a Communist cemetery (for example a son of Béla Bartók forbade his father's ashes to be interred there).

The Salgotarjani Street Jewish Cemetery is actually the eastern corner of the Kerepesi Cemetery, but it is separated from it by a stone wall.

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Founded: 1847
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Hungary

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Miles Macdonald (2 years ago)
A Complete chance find for me as I was dining nearby, but sometimes the chance finds are the best. Beautiful cemetery with graves of many prominent Hungarian people. I could almost describe this place as a Museum of Sculpture, there are so many beautiful stone carvings adorning many of the Tombs. This place is free to visit, and do pick up the free Information Map (also in English) which indicates the location of the major mausoleums and Tombs. The area is so big you can find peace and tranquilty here. This IS a tourist attraction in it's own right with great artistic beauty and historical importance.
Deena M (2 years ago)
a great quite interesting place to visit
Márton Szijj (2 years ago)
Great place to rest.
Juyeon Kim (4 years ago)
Peaceful and beautiful.
Katarzyna Czekaj (4 years ago)
I have never been to such an unusual cemetery in my life. I recommend taking a map with marked graves/mausoleums at the entrance. It is available in Hungarian and in English. Graves are works of art! It is worth to spend a few hours exploring this cemetery.
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