Arkhangelsk Cemetery of Kazan: Experience of Historical Research
The article describes the transformation of the Arkhangelsk cemetery from the graveyard of a suburban village into a large urban necropolis. The cemetery existed from the middle of the 18th century at least. Originally it served the village of Arkhangelsk and the nearby area villages, which belonged the parish of the local MichaelArkhangelsk church. However, starting from the 19th century it was used as a place where the dead of the urban Sukonnaya Sloboda had been buried after that it was included in the city territory. Until the middle of the 19th century, the state of the cemetery was hardly taken care of, and often funerals were committed without any regard for and compliance with sanitary regulations. Only upon the transition to the jurisdiction of the Kazan City Council, the affairs of the cemetery began to be put in order. In the Soviet years it becomes the last refuge for the repressed and dead Soviet servicemen during the Great Patriotic War. Its territory expands, but the terrain and the nearest buildings do not allow this process to move on. Currently the cemetery is one of the largest necropolises of Kazan. The author justifies such increased significance of the cemetery by its favorable location and by the fact that it became a memorial for the repressed and dead soldiers of the Great Patriotic War.
Keywords: Kazan, Arkhangelsk cemetery, necropolises, Arkhangelskoye village, Mikhailo-Arkhangelsk church, the repressed
For citation: Mironova Ye.V. Arkhangelsk Cemetery of Kazan: Experience of Historical Research. Istoricheskaya etnologiya – Historical Ethnology, 2018, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 137–148. DOI: 10.22378/he.2018-3-1.137-148
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About the author: Yelena V. Mironova is a Candidate of Science (History), Research Fellow, the Department of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of Tatarstan, Sh. Marjani Institute of History, Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (7А, Baturin St., Kazan 420111, Russian Federation); email@example.com