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Ukrainian cemeteries can teach you a lot about the ever shifting tides of power, war, language and religion that come together to form the country’s history. In one cemetery, you may see graves written in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, German, and Hebrew. There are many, many war cemeteries. There are mass graves from the Holocaust.
The graves are often completely different to that which is typical in the English-speaking world: often there are busts, etchings or photographs of the deceased; sometimes there are stark metal crosses with varying levels of ironwork detail. Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv is famous for being one of the world’s oldest ornamental cemeteries. Chernivtsi Jewish Cemetery is famous as one of the most intact Jewish Cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe.