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Obj. ID: 40129
Jewish Funerary Art
  Jewish cemetery in Sofia, Bulgaria

© Shalom Association / U.S. Commission for the Preservation of American’s Heritage Abroad, Photographer: Geron, M., 2006

The report "Jewish Historic Monuments and Sites in Bulgaria" published by The United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad in 2011 states the following:

Sofia is home to approximately 2,500 Jews, which is roughly half of the entire Jewish population of Bulgaria. The Jewish cemetery is a part of the Central Sofia Cemetery, which is maintained by the Municipal Cemetery Parks Company. The cemetery is 50,000 square meters in size and it contains about 7,000 gravestones, most of which are toppled or broken. The stones are made of granite, marble, and limestone, and engraved in Bulgarian, Hebrew, and Ladino. Most date from the 20th century. The cemetery is divided into numbered groups and lots. It contains a pre-funeral hall, several ohels, a pre-burial house, and a memorial grave for Jews killed by fascists during the Holocaust. The cemetery is surrounded by a stone wall with a gate that is locked at night and is also guarded around the clock. The site is maintained by the Central Israelitic Spiritual Council, but the Jewish community lacks sufficient funds to hire enough caretakers for regular maintenance of such a large site. Therefore, vegetation overgrowth and water drainage are year-round problems.

“Jewish Historic Monuments and Sites in Bulgaria.” The United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, 2011, Part 2, p. 61.

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Name/Title
Jewish cemetery in Sofia | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
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Congregation
Unknown
Location
Bulgaria | Sofia
| Central Sofia Cemetery 14, Zavodska Str.
Site
Unknown
School/Style
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Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
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Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
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Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
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Full Name
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Page
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Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Language Editor
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.