Adampol-Polonezkoy Cemetery is situated in a peaceful environment with high trees, at the entrance of the village. According to the Church records, the first burial was on the 26th of June, 1848.
Michal Czajkowski (famous writer, have been sent to Istanbul for establishing a Polish Representative Office in 1841) have decided that this cemetery would not only be a place for only the village people, but also for the Polish travelers.
And although he wanted Adam Mickiewicz’s (a famous Polish poet, who died in 1855 in Istanbul) grave to be buried here, but it didn’t happen.
But Michal Czajkowski buried his wife Ludwica Sniadecka here, who died in Istanbul in 22nd February, 1866.
This grave is the oldest one at the cemetery with an epigraph on it. The emblems of the Poland Republic and Sniadecka-Czajkowski families can also be seen on the marble tomb of Ludwica Sniadecka.
Ludwica Sniadecka’s Tomb
“CORKA JENDRZEJA SYNOVVlCA JANA ZONA GENERALA DOVVODCY KOZAKOVVI DRAGONOVV OTTOMANSKICH ZMARLA LUTEGO 1866 ROKU NA DZEHANCIRZE W KONSTANTYNOPOLU POCHOVVANA NAZIEMIPOLSKİEİ VVADÂMKIOJ”
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
- Ludwica Sniadecka, 1802-1866
- Antoni Wieruski, 1804-1869
- Adam Michalowski, 1805-1869
- Karol Sobieszczanski, 1829-1873
- Jan Dochoda, 1820-1906
- Jan Krzeminski, 1818-1870
- Teodor Wilkoszewski, 1822-1899
- Ignacy Kepka, 1821-1923
- Wladyslaw Pagowski, 1827-1872
- Mateusz Biskupski, 1811-1896
- Mikolaj Marjanski, -1914
- Antoni Minakowski, 1868-1916
- Wincenty Ryzy, 1849-1927
- Pawel ziolkowski, 1878-1938
- Ludwik Biskupski, 1850-1932
- Ludwik Biskupski, 1906-1987
- Wincenty Nowicki, 1882-1945
- Zofia Ryzy, 1903-1986
- Edwin Ryzy, 1920-1980
- Heinrich Albertall, 1858-1941
- Halicz Halicka (Anna Maria Tekla Halicka), -1905