The Mirogoj Cemetery in Zagreb, capital and largest city of the Republic of Croatia, is considered to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world – and thus despite the fact that it is well… a cemetery full of graves and tombstones, it is one of Zagreb’s more interesting (and popular) tourist attractions!
Established in 1876 at the base of Mt Medvednica, with the main building being designed by Austrian-born architect Hermann Bolle, the Cemetery with its arcades, cupolas and ornate artisan workmanship was finished in 1929.
What makes the Mirogoj Cemetery particularly interesting is that it inters members of all religious groups, meaning that you can stumble across Catholic, Muslim and irreligious graves all next to one another!
Because of this, many notable and famous Croatians have their final resting place here, including the likes of musicians, poets, artists, industrialists, politicians, sportsmen, and even the first president of the Republic of Croatia himself.
There are also many memorials and monuments within the large, slightly fortified cemetery, a lot of which pay homage to Croatian losses suffered during times of war.
The grounds of Mirogoj are lush with beautifully composed and established vegetation, which works in synergy with the beautiful works of art and sculpture, as well as the classic architecture, in order to create a visual spectacle of tranquil beauty and history.
The cemetery also doubles as a public park and as an open art gallery, which obviously then further increase its attractiveness to visitors, both foreign and local alike.
In other words, if the thought of visiting a cemetery as a tourist isn’t too macabre for you, then the Mirogoj is definitely worth the trip if you find yourself in Zagreb.
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