Lustdorfskaya Doroga 6 (Люстдорфская
This huge cemetery, bigger
than most Odessa parks, has the most
interesting statues, sculptures, and
art work in the entire city. Being the
most prestigious and expensive cemetery
in Odessa, many of these gravestones
Ukrainian Graveyards are
incredibly different from Western cemeteries.
Contemporary western cemeteries tend
to be well kept, with perfectly cut
grass, few trees, a sense of strict
organization, and are quite boring.
In sharp contrast, many Ukrainian cemeteries
are disorganized, chaotic jungles. Plots
are fenced off with waist high, often
Instead of a central body in charge
of the upkeep of the cemetery plots,
each family who owns a plot is responsible
for its maintenance.
Many of the older plots
are in complete disrepair, tall weeds
and trees have grown over the gravesite,
and decayed flowers and trash litter
the plot. There are many overgrown,
winding paths among these gravestones,
often ending in a dead-end. Based on
the maintenance of the graves, a visitor
gets a sense with each gravesite whether
the deceased loved ones are still, and
if they are, whether they take the time
to visit and maintain the site.