Historical Data: The Jewish Cemetery of Ioannina includes tombstones dating back to the 13th century. It has been neglected over the years due to a lack of funds and man-power.
Area/Capacity: 25,365 sq. m.
Actual Condition: Some years
ago, the local Jewish Community transferred an area of 6,000 sq. m. of
the cemetery to the Municipality of Ioannina. the Municipality (claiming
the change of the city plan) has trespassed on a large part of the cemetery,
trying to expropriate the area. The Central Board of the Jewish Communities
of Greece, with the cooperation of the local Jewish Community, has strongly
reacted to the Municipalities actions. The case is still open.
The surrounding wall of the cemetery is not high, making it an easy target for vandals. It was vandalized in 1992.
Necessary Restoration Works: Reconstruction of hte surrounding wall, cleaning of the area, conservation works of 1,000 tombstones. The tombstones of historical interest need to be recorded. The cemetery must be graveled as well.
Estimated Cost: 15 million drs. ($43,000 US)
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