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Jewish Life in Historical Istanbul

Mandy Lender's blog post, "Jewish Life in Historical Istanbul - Hasköy Cemetery: Typology of Stones," provides a fascinating overview of the history and architecture of the Hasköy Cemetery, one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Istanbul.

Lender begins by discussing the history of the Jewish community in Istanbul, noting that the city has been a major center of Jewish life for centuries. He then goes on to discuss the Hasköy Cemetery, which he describes as "one of the most important Jewish cemeteries in the world."

Lender then provides a detailed description of the different types of tombstones found in the Hasköy Cemetery. He discusses the different materials used to make the tombstones, the different styles of engraving, and the different types of symbols and inscriptions found on the tombstones. Lender also provides some information about the meaning of the different symbols and inscriptions found on the tombstones.


Lender's blog post is an informative and well-written piece of work that provides a valuable overview of the history and architecture of the Hasköy Cemetery. It is a must-read for anyone interested in Jewish history or the history of Istanbul.

Here are some additional details about the Hasköy Cemetery:

  • The Hasköy Cemetery is located in the Hasköy district of Istanbul, which is one of the oldest Jewish quarters in the city.

  • The cemetery is thought to be over 600 years old.

  • The cemetery is home to the graves of many famous Jews, including Abraham Kamondo, a banker to the Ottoman court, and his wife, Rachel.

  • The cemetery is also home to the graves of many ordinary Jews, who lived and worked in Istanbul for centuries.

  • The cemetery is a popular tourist destination, and is open to the public.



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