Monday, 1 February 2016

Beth Haim Cemetery In Curaçao

Beth Haim is Curaçao's oldest Jewish cemetery. What's really curious is its location: right on top of the island's oil refinery. Only employees are allowed onto the grounds of the refinery, so for the rest of us, the Beth Haim is as close it gets.

The oldest identifiable tombstone is dated to the year 5428, which in Gregorian calendar years is 1668. Most of the tombstones are so old and weathered that it's nearly impossible to read any of the names or dates. There aren't any new graves because Beth Haim hasn’t been in use for a very long time.

(thanks Juergen)

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