Nearly 300 Mennonite gravestones displayed in Zaporizhzhia

Nearly 300 Mennonite gravestones displayed in Zaporizhzhia

Archaeology gravestone Zaporizhzhia Mennonite Chortitza Colony inscription
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ZAPORIZHZHIA, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 12, 2019 - An inscription has survived on one of the Mennonite gravestones that were used as building blocks in the foundation of the abandoned Soviet warehouse, Zaporizhzhia, southeastern Ukraine. In summer 2019, local archaeologists began excavations to find the tombstones that were taken from the destroyed Mennonite cemetery on Khortytsia Island and used in construction in the 1930s some 80 years ago. So far, nearly 300 gravestones have been unearthed. The first German Mennonites settled on the territory of present-day Zaporizhzhia in 1789 and formed a colony which became known as the Chortitza Colony. Ukrinform. /KDR/

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