Restoration efforts for the “speaking stones” of the Beth Haim cemetery

The oldest cemetery of the Caribbean region, Beth Haim, “the House (abode) of the Living” located in Curaçao, anno 2013, sits there, rather disconsolate. The gravestones show many cracks and the concrete substrate upon which they are based is also heavily affected. What is even worse is that the images that often portray Biblical scenes have faded in such a way that they are barely distinguishable. Also the inscriptions on almost all the gravestones are mostly illegible. These religious scenes and inscriptions are of great cultural and historical importance, not to mention the very antiquity of the cemetery.

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