Serafimovskoe Cemetery

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Serafimovskoe Cemetery

Serafimovskoe Cemetery (Russian: Серафимовское кладбище) is a historic cemetery in northwestern Saint Petersburg, in Primorsky District.

It was established to meet the need for the growing population in the early twentieth century. The first burial took place in 1905, and the cemetery church, the Church of Seraphim of Sarov in the Serafimovskoe Cemetery, was consecrated in 1907. The cemetery was primarily a burial place for the poor, until the Second World War. During the siege of Leningrad, from 1941 to 1944, it was one of the main sites for burying those who were killed, or died of cold or starvation. At least 100,000 people were buried during this period, mostly in mass graves.

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