The cemetaries, Zagreb
The most peaceful place in town, Mirogoj is a beautiful cemetary surrounded by arcades where some of the most famous and prominent names of Croatian history found their peace. The parcel used to belong to a famous 19th century patriot Ljudevit Gaj, who donated it to the people of Zagreb at the turn of the century. Mirogoj is definitely the most fascinating cemetary in Zagreb and probably this part of Croatia as well.
Traditionally, on All Saints Day people remember those who passed away and go to visit their places of rest. The sight of thousands of alight candles after twilight is an overwhelming and deeply touching experience even to a non religious person like me... and my fondest memory of this place.
Zagreb's Mirogoj Cemetery is seen as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Central Europe.
I visited the place together with VT member diocletianvs (Niksa). He told me many interesting stories about the place and the people.
The impressive cemetery was built in 1876 and it is surrounded by a massive archway with cupolas. Several different religions and cultures have their own sections in the huge areal.
The cemetery is located about 4 km outside of the city centre and can be reached by bus from the cathedral. Get off at Mirogoj.
The central city cemetery, called Mirogoj, is situated on the hill in the northern part of the town and it is a must see when visiting Zagreb. It is considered as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in whole Europe.
The main entrance to the cemetery is in particularly beautiful with church and fine arcades on the both side of it where the most famous people who lived in Zagreb were burried.
Drazen Petrovic was a famous Croatian basketball player. He is burried at Mirogoj cemetry.
His story is very sad. He dies 29 years old. He was coming back with his tram from the World Cup and wanted to visit his girlfriend who lived in Germany. He was driving the high way and in the opposite side the truck driver fell asleep at the steering wheel. He broke the centre mall and bumped the car of Drazen Petrovic. He died immediately. Nobody else got any bruise. That's how Croatia lost one of the "Velikany Hrvatskiego sportu"
Mirogoj Cemetery is one of the most attractive cemeteries in whole Europe, and a must see. Lime-green cupolas top the wall that surrounds the beautiful three-lined park. Ornate and expensive stonework, flowers and all kind of artwork makes this cemetery as much as memorial as it is a sight-seeing destination.
It is the resting place for many famous artists and public figures, among them Dražen Petrovic, best known Croatian basketball player killed in the car accident.
Not everyone wants to go to a cemetery while they're on vacation, but this one is really worth a visit. This photo shows the huge arcade that forms the front wall of the cemetery--the interior is completely filled with plaques commemorating Zagreb's most illustrious former citizens. The grounds of the cemetery are huge, beautiful, filled with trees, and (of course) very peaceful. Many of the gravestone monuments are real masterpieces.
You'll want to take a bus to this cemetery. At the bus stop outside the Cathedral, you can get on buses heading there--look for Mirogoj on the bus signs. Our very friendly bus driver took a shine to my Bulgarian travel companion and gave us all a ride for free!
Mirogoj is not only our biggest cemetery, it's also a major sightseeing point. The work of famous architect Herman Bolle.
The most recent interest of visitors is grave of Drazen Petrovic, best European basketball player and one of the greatest Croatian athletes ever.
MIROGOJ CEMITARY- it's actually not 'off the beaten path' cause all of the tourist guides will surely take you there, but if you're 'a lonsome rider', trying to figure it out all of your own, then you'll probably miss it. But it's an AWSOME PLACE and you shouldn't. Many people come there to have a walk or just to have some peace and quiet(NOT ETERNAL!:-). SO, HOW TO GET THERE? You have to go to a BUS STOP in front of the CATHEDRAL(which you won't miss, cause it's very tall,visible and near the main square) and ask what bus number could take you there.Then go down on the last stop and that's it. Promise, promise, it's a wise thing to do. And no vampires or nasty undertakers either! ;-)