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Historic Polish Cemeteries
November 29, 2012   
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Nekropolis, a new coffee-table book from the Bosz publishing house, introduces readers to the largest cemeteries in Poland. Along with the Powązki cemetery in Warsaw and Cracow’s Rakowicki cemetery, the book features two cemeteries of historic significance where Poles are buried though, after national borders shifted, they are no longer in Poland: the Lychakiv cemetery in Lviv, Ukraine, and the Rasos cemetery in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The book, which is in Polish and English, is illustrated with photographs by Adam Bujak, depicting magnificent statues over tombs, the graves of prominent figures and melancholic cemetery alleys photographed in different seasons. The history of the cemeteries is recounted in articles written by Prof. Jacek Kolbuszewski, an expert on the subject. In Nekropolis, kolbuszewski delivers an overview of the cemeteries’ history, showing how their social significance changed over time in sometimes surprising ways.

Bujak, mostly known for photographs he took of John Paul II during the pope’s pastoral visits, is the winner of many awards, including the Gloria Artis medal for his contribution to culture.

Nekropolis; Text by Jacek Kolbuszewski
Photographs by Adam Bujak; Bosz Publishing House
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