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Well worth a short bus trip.......
The huge Mirogoj cemetery, with its shady, tree-lined pathways, was first laid out in 1876 and not completed until 1929. It provided, and provides, a burial ground for all the city's residents regardless of religious faith. There are areas for Jewish, Muslim and atheist graves as well as for Christians.
The cemetery lies above the city on the side of Medvednika mountain. Its architect was Hermann Bolle and he, I think, set out to create a place of beauty and peace, somewhere that people could visit and sit awhile to remember their loved ones.
There's a huge wall on the main entrance side, interspersed with towers. Each tower has a copper (now green with verdigris) cupola and, over the years, climbing vegetation has enhanced the appearance. the wall is, in fact, one long, roofed arcade (opened in 1879), open to the air on one side and full of memorials large and small to those.
The vast open area is set out like a park, with straight pathways criss-crossing each other under a variety of mature trees.
The cemetery holds the burial sites of many famous Croatians, including a large memorial to Franjo Tudman (first president of the Republic of Croatia). Amongst its tombs and graves are some really beautiful examples of sculpture.
It was extremely hot when I visited the cemetery (along with a busload of nuns who, I think..but am not sure...were attending a funeral/burial ceremony). the heat meant that I did not explore the whole site, as I might otherwise have done. But what I saw of it was fascinating and, in many instances, moving. I think the practice of putting photographs on graves really does bring home the fact that these were once real people who lived, loved and were loved.
I made a travelogue to show some of the striking tombs and memorials within the cemetery. You'll find it here
I was particularly struck by the life-sized bust of a little girl who dies aged seven and by the tombstone covered in 'modern' mosaic art.
If you have time, take bus 106 from just up the road from the cathedral (same side). It runs about every 20 minutes and the journey takes about the same length of time. Just buy your ticket from the driver. You'll know when you've reached Mirogoj because the walls, and the entrance, are obvious...but beware! There is a stop a little earlier, when the walls begin. I got off there, as did one of the nuns, but it only took us a few minutes to follow the walls along and reach the entrance.
The bus back to the city goes from a stop (with a shelter) almost directly opposite the entrance. It really couldn't be easier.
Obviously the cemetery has no entrance fee. It's open from 0600 - 2000 in the summer months, 0730 - 1800 in the winter.
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This was the place that surprised me the most in Zagreb. The cemetery was created in 1876 and it has a beautiful architecture (on the inside and outside) and gardens. The arcades are the most interesting part because some columns are covered in Hera and you’ll find some amazing sculptures related to the people who are there (famous Croatians)
Is really a place that shouldn’t be missed and it is considered one of the most beautiful cemetery parks in Europe.
1st of November at Mirogoj
Though worth a visit by itself, its absolutely a must on November 1st - "All Saint's Day".
Tens of thousnads of Zabreb inhabitants are going to Miragoj, using free bisses, that shuffle people up there in 30 seconds rhythm.
Entering the cemetry after sunset surprises you even more than on daylight. Zillions of candles, on graves, along the way, forming a big cross etc, fill the mind.
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Groblje Mirogoj II
Most of the Croats are catholics and therefore the funeral procesion is in according to the traditional catholic code, even if one was atheist or agnostic in own beliefs. The funeral starts at the Mortuary where family and friend pay respect to the mortals. The funeral procesion could perfectly well indicate to which religion the mortal belonged. Croats have family tombs but not all of them are at Mirogoy, there are several other graveyards in Zagreb. It is matter of social prestige to have tomb at the Mirogoj and therefore certain newcomers will risk alot of money to buy resting place right here.
Croats highly respect their mortals, visitings graves several times during a year and inevitably for the memorial day. Thats the time of a year where Mirogoj looks fairytale. alike.
The Main Cemetery of Zagreb, a unique composition of impressive arcade architecture, artistically shaped graves and park-like greenery, is among the most beautiful resting places in Europe.
Mirogoj is huge complex divided in several sections and memorial grave-yards. Here you can see burried, side by side, catholics, ortodox, jewish and muslims. Don't miss walking along arcades where the tombs could tell you stories from the history of the town and its inhabitants.
When visiting Zagreb, it is a must see.
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A very pretty cemetery
And visiting Mirogoj is quite an experience - awe inspiring, a little bit amusing, and saddening too.
First off I was so impressed with the beauty of the ivy covered walls. And all the statuary on the older graves. These graves are out to impress. The 'deads' have all their achievements up there on their headstones. Professor of this, doctor of that, won this prize and ... oh well it went on and on. I am not used to bombast on a tombstone, I am more used to - Dearly loved and sadly missed - so I almost got the giggles.
Then we passed Tujman's grave. Which is a rather chilling, tilting sheet of dark green marble.
And then we were in the new part of the cemetery - and all the new graves. So many of them. There were a pair of aged parents at the water tip filling a vase for the flowers for their son's grave. And tears came into my eyes.
Mirogoj is a really nice and beautiful cemetery located to the North of the town. The arcade on the cemetery outside is really attractive and is covered in a series of vine covered cupolas. There are also some really well crafted tombs and graves dotted around tree-lined avenues in what is one of if not the most beautiful cemetery in Europe.
To get here it is about a 10-15min bus ride or a 30min walk. The bus (No. 106) leaves from outside the cathedral. To walk, head up Kaptol Street away from the cathedral until the end. You should see a convience store on the corner and a tram stop to the right of that. Walk over the tramstop and up the sloping road that leaves off the main road. After about 10mins up here you should see the cemetery off a road on your right - identifiable by a string of cupolas.
This cemetery must be one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Along the road there is a gallery of graves with statues. Then behind the church you will find the grave of Franjo Tudman, the first Croatian president.
The old cemetery
This cemetery is very interesting. Beside of the beautiful architecture and few famous that berried here I found it really interesting that Christians (Catholic, Orthodox etc) , Jews and Muslim are all berried here sometimes just next to each other. If only they could be that close when alive.
Zagreb's Main Cemetery
Even if most people would not have going to a cemetary as a must see, Zagreb's Mirogoj Cemetery has got to be an exception. It would have to be one of the most impressive cemeterys in Europe if not the world. Apart from many of Croatia's most famous people being buried here it's architecture, stonework and sculptures alone was enough for me to be impressed.
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Mirogoj, the central Zagreb cemetery, situated on the slopes of Medvednica, is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. Well-known architect Herman Bolle designed the shape of the cemetery, applying a monumental composition of arcades, pavilions and domes, intermingled with rich vegetation, and adding a gallery of sculptures by Croatian sculptors.
Mirogov Cemetery is one of the most beautiful graveyards I have saw together with the Vienna and Havana Cemetery. Althought as a rule, graveyards don't get much of a mention in city guides, in all Zagreb touristic guide it appear because the flickering candles, ornate stonework, flowers and all kinds of artwork make this cemetery a fine art work. Different religions, languages and cultures get the chance to express themselves within this beautiful tree-lined resting place. Many famous people has their garves there (as Drazen Petrovic, Franjo Tudman, Petar Preradovic, Ljudevita Gaja and Stjepan Radic).
MIROGOJ CEMETARY (GROBLJE MIROGOJ)
I love cemetaries and I try to visit old ones whereever I go. When I read about Mirogoj before going to Zagreb it was No. 1 on my Must See list. It's very impressive so even you normally don't go to cemetaries when you are on holidays you have to go!!! At the main entrance you will find beautiful arcades with artistic graves, wonderful floor tiles and lots of flowers and candles. Austrian architect Hermann Bolle designed the graveyard and the arcades and some of the graves are designed by famous Croatian sculptors.
visiting a cemetery?
many people will visit Mrogoj -- and some just to see this grave site. Famous basketball player Drazen Petrovic.
from www.drazenpetrovic.com: "With Drazen Petrovic we’d get exactly what we need to win the championship." - New York coach Pat Riley expressed his wishes to New York Times.
The city's main cemetery is truly a place for everyone! After all, we're all going to die. That's for certain. The thing I like about this cemetery is that it's an all-inclusive place. As you stroll around the enormous grounds, you'll notice Catholic gravestones topped by tiny crosses alongside graves adorned with the Muslim crescent or Orthodox graves with Cyrillic script engraved on the stones.
The cemetery was designed by Hermann Bolle in 1876 and its most striking and beautiful feature in my opinion, is the arcade located at the front (near the road) which contains some of the graves of Croatia's most important figures. The stonework and sculptures are very impressive. Also, take note of the wall that shields the cemetery from the road. It is topped by an impressive series of cupolas and makes for an interesting photo (see my travelogue, "Architectural Beauty").
Niksa and I spent a few minutes searching for the grave of the late, great basketball star Drazen Petrovic, but we had no luck. Anyway, rest in peace, Drazen.
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