March 28, 2019

ESJF starts survey works in Greece

Chief engineer of ESJF Grigoriy Arshynov and ESJF national coordinator for Greece Kostas Stathopoulos started ground survey work in Greece.

The Jewish cemetery in Chalkida is among the first locations they worked at. The Jewish community of Chalkida considers itself to be among the oldest in Europe, with written testimonies that testify Jewish presence in 700 AD. The first synagogue was built here in 1270. The cemetery is located in the centre of the city, maintained by the municipality. It is a large, fenced burial site with altogether around 750 matsevot, 500 in the old part and 250 in the new part. During the survey, the oldest gravestone we identified dates from 1716, the newest from 2017.

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