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Old Rhenish Cemetery
Erongo Region
Erongo  Namibia

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This cemetery was started in 1871 when the first Christan missionaries from Germany came to Omaruru which was then called South West Africa and settled. This was the Christian cemetery. It is on the C33 Wilhem Zeraua Street (the main street of town) behind the Old Rhenish Lutheran Church and across the street from the Old Mission House which is now a museum. There are 18 tribes and nations buried in the cemetery.
There are mass graves here from the Germany/Oveherero war. All the Christian Ovehereros were buried here and the "heathen" Overhereos were buried in a cemetery across the river across from S I !Gobs High School on Ian Sheepers Road.
Elevation 1219 meters.

Lives are commemorated - deaths are recorded - families are reunited - memories are made tangible - and live is undisguised. This is a cemetery.
Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched.
Testimonies of devotions, pride and remembrance are carved in stone to pay warm tribute to accomplishments and to the life - not death - of a loved one. The cemetery is homeland for family memorials that are a sustaining source of comfort to the living.

A cemetery is a history of people - a personal record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering - ALWAYS.
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Contact: Omaruru Municipality P O Box 14 Omaruru, Namibia
or or (264) 64+ 570277
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