Klaipėda

Anaičiai Ethnographic Cemetery

  Anaičiai     14 Apr 2019
The region around Klaipėda features several old cemeteries, all of them rich in linguistic details that give clues to its former multicultural past. None of them however quite match the shocking magnificence of this one, where amongst the more conventional examples of the German and Lithuanian writing on the gravestones are a few that reflect not only the region’s mixed cultural heritage but that also illustrate how the Lithuanian language was deliberately cleansed of foreign words during the first half of the 20th century. Find bizarre examples of names featuring a jumble of the German, Lithuanian and the now extinct Curonian languages along with the addition of Polish spelling conventions that predate the introduction of the modern Lithuanian alphabet. Recommended visiting for anyone with even a passing interest in philology and/or vanished cultures, the place is far from easy to reach. Find it approximately 25km north of Klaipėda and 3km or so south of Nemirseta on Anaičių, an unpaved and unmarked road running parallel with the main A13 highway.

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