Just like the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, Zagreb, the Croatian capital, also has its own celebrity cemetery. You can find great names of Croatian history such as politicians Franjo Tuđman or Stjepan Radić, but also former defenders of illyrism, an ideology dedicated to defending the Croatian culture and language. The cemetery is home to 60,000 graves and almost 5 times as many deceased.
The cemetery is a huge park where vegetation reigns. There is an imposing monument at the entrance of the cemetery which is covered by climbing trees. The cemetery’s alleys are covered with trees and made up of galleries in the antique style. Many graves are quite lavish and decorated with bronze mausoleums or colonnades. It is quite rare for a cemetery to have all religious faiths gathered there.
The atmosphere of the place is peaceful and nostalgic. A visit offers not only an opportunity to pay tribute to the deceased, but also to discover a place rich in heritage and symbolism.
The cemetery is located in the northern part of the city, in Gornji Grad – Medveščak, about 2 km from the city’s train station. You can use public transportation to go to the cemetery. Get off at Mirogoj (bus from Kaptol).