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Polish Catholic Cemetery in Polonezkoy (Adampol), Istanbul...

Adampol-Polonezkoy Cemetery is at the entrance of the village surrounded with high trees. According to the Church records, first burial was on the 26th of June, 1848. Michal Czajkowski have decided that this cemetery would not only be a place for only the village people, but also for the Polish travelers. Although he wanted Adam Mickiewicz's (the most famous poet Adam Mickiewicz, who has died at Istanbul in 1855) grave to be buried at this place, it didn't happen.

Ludwica Sniadecka's Tomb

But Michal Czajkowski buried her wife Ludwica Sniadecka here who has died at Istanbul in 22ns February, 1866. This grave is the oldest one having an epigraph on it. Emblems of the Poland Republic and Sniadecka-Czajkowski families also took place on the marble tomb of Ludwica Sniadecka. The thin column on the tomb symbolizes the half lived life. Although Sniadecka has died as Catholic, the folks of the village commented the column as the symbol of a refraction on her believes. "From Sniadecks / Ludwica / Sadik / Jendrzej's daughter and Jan's nephew / wife of the Ottoman Dragons and Kazakh Commanding General / has died in 22nd February 1866 at Cihangir, Konstantinopol / buried in Adampol at the Polish lands" is written on the writings of the tomb. And this is the polish writings. Her husband have gone to the Russian lands (Ukraine today) and have committed suicide there in 1866.

The graves of the first settlers of Adampol also kept seen although they are mixed with the cemetery soil, hardly be seen on a very little hill, with the unknown owners...

"Many wooden cross with the writings of 'Fought a battle for independence' have dispersed due to being very old, but the sprits under them having an infinite rest lives on the lands of today's Adampol people and reminds them their responsibilities for the mother Poland." wrote Mr.Pawel Ziolkowski (teacher, Adampol settler) in 1922 and now he also lies here too.

Adampol lands were not only been for the village folks, but also for the people from different nationalities who have found their homes here by participating Polish Colony, such as Catholic Germans, Polish people living outside the colony in Istanbul and their children from a marriage with non-polish people, Russians who have captured during World War I and have settled to the village, and some unknown passengers who have settled here by destiny. With all the famous people we know from the encyclopedias and dictionaries such as Ludwica Sniadecka, Wladyslaw Jelenski and Antoni Wieruski; also Heinrich Albertall known as the Emperor Franz Joseph's son and the most mysterious man of Adampol; and like the "Great Prince Halicz Halicka", many unknown and mysterious people also lies here after their stormy lives. But besides all of them, the most important thing is that there are about 270 graves in this cemetery belonging to all Polish settlers, war veterans, officers and soldiers and their families. Actually it is impossible to estimate the number of the burials at the Adampol Cemetery. On the 31st of December, 1998, there were 229 graves with names at the cemetery. The official records of the Adampol Church covers the death of 334 people including the 15 people buried in Istanbul during 1848-1998 and 9 people who's burial place is unknown. But it is accepted that there have been hundreds more than that. Adampol-Polonezkoy Cemetery is a 5740 square meters area.

Some of the famous people lying there are below;

1. Ludwica Sniadecka, 1802-1866
2. Antoni Wieruski, 1804-1869
3. Adam Michalowski, 1805-1869
4. Karol Sobieszczanski, 1829-1873
5. Jan Dochoda, 1820-1906
6. Jan Krzeminski, 1818-1870
7. Teodor Wilkoszewski, 1822-1899
8. Ignacy Kepka, 1821-1923
9. Wladyslaw Pagowski, 1827-1872
10. Mateusz Biskupski, 1811-1896
11. Mikolaj Marjanski, -1914
12. Antoni Minakowski, 1868-1916
13. Wincenty Ryzy, 1849-1927
14. Pawel ziolkowski, 1878-1938
15. Ludwik Biskupski, 1850-1932
16. Ludwik Biskupski, 1906-1987
17. Wincenty Nowicki, 1882-1945
18. Zofia Ryzy, 1903-1986
19. Edwin Ryzy, 1920-1980
20. Heinrich Albertall, 1858-1941
21. Halicz Halicka (Anna Maria Tekla Halicka), -1905 - Travel Guide to famous & touristic Polish village, Polonezkoy (Adampol) in Istanbul, Turkey