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Dutch Cemetery Ahmedabad

Cities like Cochin and Surat are famous for influences from their Dutch past, but little do we know that Ahmedabad too has a piece of Dutch hidden amidst the hustle bustle of Kankaria Lake. We are talking about the Dutch Cemetery located in the heart of the city.

Ahmedabad is home to the Dutch people who have been buried here away from their homeland. This Dutch Cemetery is a representation of the Indo – Dutch trade relationship that was initiated centuries ago. These Dutch traders from Holland traded in cotton cloth, yarn and indigo in Ahmedabad and they made this city their home for life. Thus, they never returned, and that’s why they were laid to rest here itself.

The cemetery was built on a hill back in 1700 AD and has 49 Dutch and Armenian graves with cenotaphs in Indian and Western styles. The inscriptions on some of the tombs are in Dutch and Latin. The tombs represent four types: domed tombs, pyramids, walled tombs and plain gravestones.

Unfortunately, the tombs were badly damaged by the earthquake of 2001. But the Archaeological Department with the support of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation restored them to original shape.

 Today, this cemetery may not be a popular tourist place, yet it is of great historical importance as it has captured a bygone era of time that was once the essence of Ahmedabad.

 

 

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Hemal Mehta

Hemal is the Editor and Blogger-in-Chief of TheAhmedabadBlog.com. She handles the content strategy and development side of the blog and coordinates with contributors and interns.

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Hemal is the Editor and Blogger-in-Chief of TheAhmedabadBlog.com. She handles the content strategy and development side of the blog and coordinates with contributors and interns.

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