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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Family Travel
Flickering candles, ornate and expensive stonework, flowers and all kinds of artwork make this cemetery as much a memorial as it is a sightseeing destination. Notice the way different religions, languages and cultures express themselves here. Lime-green cupolas top the wall that surrounds the beautiful tree-lined park. It is the resting place for many famous artists and public figures: Drazen Petrovic (basketball player), Franjo Tudman (first Croatian president), Petar Preradovic, Ljudevita Gaja and Stjepan Radic and others you've never heard of.
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.
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).
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.
- Arts and Culture
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.
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.
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.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
You catch the local 106 bus to Mirogoj cemetery from a stop on Kaptol, just north of the Cathedral. You pay the driver when you board. The bus will be crowded with Zagreb residents taking flowers to the graves of their dead; we did not see any other tourists when we made the trip and were content to stand for the short twisty 10 minute journey. Arrival at Mirogoj is announced by the appearance of the imposingly high cemetery wall on the right hand side of the road. There is more than one bus stop at the cemetery. Few people alighted at the first, so we carried on and disembarked at the second, which is by the impressive and ornamental main entrance gate. The cemetery is more beautiful than many parks, with mature trees and a great variety of different ornamental headstones and grave sculptures, arcade and cupolas, sun and shade, songbirds and woodpeckers. As a tourist I recommend wandering around slowly as the whim takes you but discreetly and respectfully, as others will be here for an entirely other purpose. The draw of the place, apart from its beauty and tranquillity, is its cross-section of history – the vestiges of Austro-Hungarian empire and Yugoslavian communism – the gravestones are raised above the remains of Croats, Serbs and Bosniaks, Jews, Hungarians and Austrians, Italians, communists and war dead. Even if one understands none of the languages etched into the memorials, both individual inscriptions and the humanist message become clear. This is another of the many corners of Central and Eastern Europe impoverished by the loss of greater ethnic diversity. There is also a grand memorial to Franjo Tudjman, which may or may not be to everyone’s taste, depending upon one’s politics, but which leaves no doubt as to his and the country’s perception of his importance in the state’s nation-building in the 1990s.
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