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Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

One of the finest Cemeteries of Europe

See also: FAM (Familiarization) tour of Croatia

Mirogoj Cemetery (Pronounced: Mih – rah – goy) is locted on the northern outskirts of Zagreb and on the foot of the Medvenica Mountains.

Church of Christ the King, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

Church of Christ the King, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

Often considered as Europe’s finest cemetery and is a virtual who’s – who of Croatioan history as it contains the graves of many rich and famous Croatian.

Church of Christ the King and the entrance of Mirogoj Cemetery

Church of Christ the King and the entrance of Mirogoj Cemetery

The Mirogoj Cemetery was built over a huge plot of land, which once served as the garden house of the famous Croatian linguistic Ljudevit Gaj.

After the death of Ljudevit Gaj in 1872 his land was taken over by the Zagreb town authorities, who decided to built the Mirogoj Cemetery in 1876.

Mirogoj Cemetery was designed by the famous Austrian Architect Hermann Bollé, who also left his mark on most iconic structure of Zagreb, the Zagreb Cathedral.

The actual construction construction started in 1879 with the construction of the northern ans southern arcades, later Hermann Bollé went on to design the cemetery’s morgue.

The grand entrance of Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

The grand entrance of Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

Hermann Bollé died in 1924 when the construction of the Church of Christ the King, which joined the two arcades, was still on. The construction of the Mirogoj Cemetery was finally completed in 1927.

Decorative graves along the arcade, Mirogoj Cemetery

Decorative graves along the arcade, Mirogoj Cemetery

Consisting of domes, arcades and pavilion the Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb serves as an open air museum.

Mirogoj Cemetery is a secular cemetery and houses bodies of different sects of Christianity (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Later Day Saints) but also of other religions including Muslim, Jews and even atheist.

The Mirogoj Cemetery, covering an area of 7 acre, is fronted by a 500 meter long Neo Renaissance arcade, with the gigantic dome of the Christ the King Church, in the middle.

Several hours are necessary for exploring Mirogoj Cemetery, but for tourist with limited time can walk along the arcade and admire the intricate details of the sculptures and epitaph.

Scattered Graves, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb

Scattered Graves, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb

The chequred black and white floor, the tall arches and with the butter yellow walls covered with the leaves of the climbing plants makes Mirogoj Cemetery a must visit for tourist visiting Zagreb.

Tourist with more time can make their way through the  tree lined walkways past elaborately decorated graves and memorials surrounded by beautiful landscaped garden.

The secular nature of the Mirogoj Cemetery has a special flavor. One can walk past gigantic statues of Moses with Hebrew inscription or past simple Islamic graves with beautiful Arabic calligraphy.

Collage of elaborate epitaphs, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

Collage of elaborate epitaphs, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

From simple graves of atheist to Roman Catholic graves with elaborately sculptured statues of Christian saints creates an unique sense of harmony. Considering Europe’s or Croatia’s fraught religions history, it was refreshing to see.

Sculptures, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb

Sculptures, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb

Mirogoj Cemetery and contains work of famous sculptors like Ivan Mestrovic and Mihanovic.

Many of Croatian elite lies in eternal rest in the Mirogoj Cemetery. The most well known grave at the Mirogoj Cemetery is the grave of Franjo Tudman, the first president of independent Croatia. The list is pretty long and includes Vladimir Prelog (Nobel Prize winning chemist), Krešimir Ćosić (Croatian and NBA basketball player) and many more including Hermann Bollé, the architect of the Miragoj Cemetery.

On Nov. 1, during the All Souls’ Day, the people of Zagreb visit Mirogoj Cemetery to pay respect to their dead. They light candles and offer flowers and the view of the Mirogoj Cemetery, in night, with the lit candles is something to be remembered for a lifetime.

Note: I visited Croatia on the invitation of Zagreb Tourism Board (ZTB) and tour was organized by Celabrations!

  1. pareshkale
    November 26, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Superb !

  2. indrani
    November 26, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Glad to see the pics of this country.

    • November 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Thanks Indrani, Croatia is an amazing country, sadly it is hardly visited by Indian tourist.

  3. November 26, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Nice pictures and an informative account🙂

    • November 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Thanks Maniparana for the comment and keep blogging.

  4. Lola
    December 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Thank you, Rangan, for visiting Croatia, and nice information you write about.🙂

    • December 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Thanks Lola for your comment. Croatia is a beautiful country I visited only Zagreb, Zadar and Plitvice Lakes, hope to come back again.

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