The main characteristic of the Jewish cemetery is burial by interment, which is permanent. Traditionally, the graves should not have an excessively monumental appearance and are usually without images of the deceased. Instead of flowers, it is customary to place stones on the grave. The headstone usually bears the inscription ת.נ.צ.ב.ה. (‘May his/her soul be bound up in the bond of life’).
Since the 19th Century, in addition to the diffusion of monumental graves representing the status of certain families, the cemetery also includes chapels for performing the funeral ceremonies and buildings for the ritual washing and composition of the bodies.