Monday, 2 November 2020

PHOTOS: Around Zagreb Mirogoj Cemetery On All Saints

November 2, 2020 - The city cemetery park is one of the Croatian capital's most spectacular landmarks. Take a look around Zagreb Mirogoj cemetery on All Saints.




It feels like there are as many candles around Zagreb Mirogoj cemetery on All Saints Day as there are graves. There are over 300, 000 people resting here. On 1st November, Catholics all over Croatia visit cemeteries to lay flowers, light candles and remember loved ones. As the largest burial ground in the capital, this is effectively the national cemetery. Walking around Zagreb Mirogoj on All Saints is a profoundly moving and spectacular occasion.





The great and the good of Croatia's last 150 years rest here, the first president of Croatia, Franjo Tuđman, among them. There are thousands of family plots. On All Saints, graves are cleaned, fresh flowers laid and Mirogoj burns brightly as those left behind light flames that are intended to pass not only through the darkened, autumn night.





Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims and Orthodox Christians are among those resting finally around Zagreb Mirogoj. The cemetery covers a vast area that stretches up almost as far as the start of the Medvednica mountain. At the main entrance, domed arcades set an imposing tone, the cupolas' copper turned green from oxidization. This makes them all the more striking next to the yellow structure which carries them. Vines hang from the vaulted walkways beneath.






Mirogoj was built on land owned by linguist Ljudevit Gaj, co-founder of the Illyrian Movement. It was purchased by the city in 1872, after his death. Gaj is buried here. Architect Hermann Bollé, who is responsible for how Zagreb cathedral looks today, was also the designer of Mirogoj's main building. He too is buried here.





Among the many incredible monuments that stand here, you can find around Zagreb Mirogoj works by some of Croatia's most famous sculptors including Ivan Meštrović and Ivan Rendić. The cemetery is a place where anyone can come for peaceful contemplation, to appreciate architecture and nature, and to sense the history of Zagreb over the last century and a half.


All daytime shots by Mateo Henec, all nighttime shots by Marc Rowlands

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