When I started thinking about this new post, I got worried that I might be seen as a bit black if I wrote it; after already having written about little memorial cemetery Navje, the idea of writing about another cemetery didn’t seem so appealing. But, at the end, I decided that this is what I wanted to share with you.
More than a year ago, I moved into the vicinity of Žale – this is how we call this cemetery. Because of my medical condition I couldn’t really drive/bike anywhere so I was forced to walk a lot in the area. Apart from far emptier Šmartinski park, next to cemetery, the walk through the cemetery offered a nice shade and many interesting pieces of art. I have realized that Žale truly is an outdoor gallery.
The most spectacular is the first part, called The Garden of all Saints, designed by our most famous architect Plečnik. It has a monumental entry, an oratory and 14 little mortuaries and chapels, each of which presents typical architecture from one past time and/or location.