Dutch terms – begraafplaats and kerkhof

A begraafplaats or kerkhof is a cemetery. Kerkhof (literally meaning “church yard”) is a cemetery around the church, while a begraafplaats (literally: “burial place”) is a more generic term.

In the Netherlands, graves are routinely cleared after a few decades to make room for new graves. To see what graves still exist, check online cemetery websites in the Netherlands.

Cheryl near the Baard cemetery

Kerkhof in Baard, Friesland

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