Baikove Cemetery

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Baikove Cemetery (Байкове кладовище)
National Landmark of History
Baikove-cemetery-2008.jpg
Main entrance to Baikove Cemetery
Name origin: General Sergei Baikov
Country Ukraine
Region–City Kiev
Coordinates 50°25.00′N 30°30.35′E / 50.41667°N 30.50583°E / 50.41667; 30.50583Coordinates: 50°25.00′N 30°30.35′E / 50.41667°N 30.50583°E / 50.41667; 30.50583
Area 72.47 ha (179 acres)
Founded 1833
For public open
Burials 87 National Landmarks of History
Baikove Cemetery is located in Ukraine
Baikove Cemetery

Baikove Cemetery (Ukrainian: Байкове кладовище) is a prestigious and historic cemetery memorial in Holosiiv Raion of Kiev, Ukraine. It is a National Historic Landmark of Ukraine and is known as a necropolis of distinguished people. It was established in 1833. Among the buried, it includes Mykhailo Hrushevskyi, Lesya Ukrainka, Slava Stetsko, Viacheslav Chornovil, Oles Honchar, Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky, Olena Pchilka, Mykhailo Starytsky, Oleksandr Bilash, Ostap Vyshnya, Ivan Mykolaychuk, Volodymyr Shcherbytsky, Leonid Telyatnikov, Mikhail Vaschenko-Zakharchenko, Oleg Antonov and Valeri Lobanovsky.

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The cemetery was established in 1833. It has got its name from the nearby Baikovo estate. The oldest part of the cemetery is located south of the present vul. Baikova. The biggest part is located north of the street and was established in the 1880s. It is partly surrounded by a wall. Besides the Orthodox graves there are also Catholic and Lutheran sections.

In Soviet times the Baikove cemetery became the main necropolis of the Kiev's intelligentsia, middle and upper classes. Many of the headstones became pieces of monumental art. Also after the Ukrainian independence the cemetery has remained the most prestigious burial ground in the city. There 87 National Landmarks of History.

An Orthodox Church (Ascension of the Lord) in Byzantine style was built at the cemetery in 1884–1889. It was built on the proceeds from the sale of burial places. During the Soviet times it was preserved as a memorial hall for funeral ceremonies. Today it is again used as a church. In 1975 a new crematorium in modern style was built in the western part of the cemetery.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Ruta Malikenaite (ed): Touring Kyiv. Guidebook, p.153–157 (Baltija Druk 2002).

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