Mirogoj, Zagreb’s central cemetery, is known as one of the most beautiful resting places in Europe. It is built on the land of the famous linguist and leading person of the Croatian national reformation or the Illyrian Movement, Ljudevit Gaj. Renowned architect Herman Bollé designed the main building, leaving Zagreb with one more beautiful landmark. The arcades, cupolas and the church at the entryway are must-see sights. Also, some of the monuments throughout the cemetery are true masterpieces of art.
Walking along the paths of Mirogoj is very relaxing, especially if you are there on a warm, sunny day. You can soundly hear birds’ chirrup and feel gentle breeze among the densely planted trees. Thereby it’s easy to forget the clutter of everyday life. If you happen to visit Mirogoj during All Saints’ Day you’ll witness extraordinary lighting of the candles lit in memory of the dead.
It is easy to notice equally distributed graves of all religious groups, as well as get a hint of Croatian history by encountering the Monument to Fallen Croatian Soldiers in World War One, the Monument to the Yugoslav National Hero, Memorial Cross to Croatian Home Guard Soldiers, Monument to the Victims of Bleiburg and the Way of the Cross, German military cemetery and “Wall of Pain” (monument to Croatian victims of the Croatian War of Independence). Mirogoj is also called a Croatian Pantheon due to many famous people buried in its grounds.