|SINAIA: Prahova County|
45°21' N, 25°33' E/ JewishGen Romania SIG. Sinaia: 2010 population:14,636. town and a mountain resort named after Sinaia Monastery around which it was built. King Carol I of Romania built his summer home, Peleş Castle, near the town. Sinaia is about 60 km NW of Ploieşti and 50 km S of Braşov, in a mountainous area on the Prahova River valley, just east of the Bucegi Mountains and a popular destination for hiking and downhill skiing. Among the tourist landmarks, the most important are Peleş Castle and website and website, Pelişor Castle, Sinaia Monastery, Sinaia Casino, Sinaia train station, and the Franz Joseph and Saint Anne Cliffs. 1890 postcard.
The cemetery location is Str. Bucuresti no. 1, Sinaia, judet Prahova. 4521 2533, 68.8 miles NNW of Bucharest and 90 km from Ploiesti. Present town population is 25,000-100,000 with no Jews.
The Jewish population by census was 23 in 1899 and 88 in 1930. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in the 19th century. Last known burial was 1948. The cemetery is 7 km from the congregation that used it. The suburban flat land, part of a municipal cemetery, has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is entirely closed. A masonry wall and a gate that locks surround the site.
The pre- and post-WWII size is 70 m x 80 m. 1-20 stones are visible. All gravestones are in original location. 50%-75% of the stones are toppled or broken. Location of stones removed from the cemetery is unknown. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a seasonal problem preventing access. Water drainage is good all year. The 19th and 20th century marble and granite, and limestone memorial markers are boulders, flat shaped, and smoothed and inscribed. Some have portraits on stones. Inscriptions are in Hebrew, German, and Romanian.
The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are recreational. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop at the never-vandalized cemetery. No maintenance. Current care is occasional clearing or cleaning by individuals and unpaid caretaker. No structures. No threats.
Lucian Nastasă interviewed Ene Vasile, Str. Republicii 51, Sinaia on May 2, 2000. [January 2003]
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