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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse = cemetery
Jewish cemetery Worms.jpg
A place where people, or sometimes animals are buried that isn't part of a place of worship Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: landuse
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: de facto

This tag is used for a cemetery that isn't part of a place of worship. In most (European) countries, there is a difference between amenity=grave_yard and landuse=cemetery. Cemeteries are usually independent of places of worship (e.g. military cemeteries), while grave yards are usually the yard of a place of worship. Historically, grave yards are older, while modern cemeteries have been introduced during the industrialization in the 19th century.

How to map

Draw the outline of the area area which will include the graves, footways, service roads and even inner green spaces as it is very likely that they will be used for future graves. Do not include the nearby parking areas, but internal parking may be included if considered to be part of cemetery.

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See also

In discussion / in use

See also the German page of landuse=cemetery and the sections for natural burial grave sites (in discussion)(de) and columbarium (in discussion)(de).

Common/possible tagging mistakes

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