Katargam, Surat, India
Dutch Cemetery Surat Reviews
Dutch Cemetery (Surat)- One of the oldest historical sites of Gujarat May 14, 2011
The Dutch cemetery is located on the main road in Katargam area. The first tombs of this cemetery were laid down in around 1650 AD. The tombs are that of the Dutch who lived here and worked for the English factory in the pre-independence era. Several tombs are built here in various shapes and sizes but the biggest and most grand tombs are that of the Presidents of the English factory. Large, beautiful, decorative stone structures, with domes and pillars are built over their tombs as a tribute to them.
My guess is that no one really goes there, except photography and trave; enthusiasts and old architecture lovers like me and my friends. The gate of the cemetery is often locked and you may have to hunt for the caretaker (yes, there is a caretaker to take care of the premises, which are quite clean) to get the gates opened.
The cemetery is located right on the main road with lot of traffic outside the walls and residential buildings on 3 sides. Still, there is some silence that hangs over the place. One of my friends has visited here earling Sunday morning and I am told, the place felt so eerie, that she couldn't sleep at night! The gate had been locked and they had to jump over the wall to go in, right on to .... a tomb. Pretty scary, huh.
Well, I chose, very smartly, to go there on a Saturday afternoon at around 4:00 pm. The day was sunny, lot of crowd around and there were boys playing cricket at the back of the cemetery! Looks like they are used to the tombs by now. Apart from us, there was no one else to look at the tombs.
The structures are beautiful but worn out. They are not broken and are very much upright. Sentimental verses are engraved on the tombs. Tombs of soldiers, commanders, English factory staff and their families lay here. The verses are quite touching and some of them are quite sad.
The structures are a photographer's delight. do visit here if you are in Surat.
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