Zagreb’s Mirogoj: An Unusual Masterpiece of Architecture and Art

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Cemeteries are rarely one of the most visited landmarks worldwide, but Mirogoj is worth visiting, especially if you’re an architecture fanatic. The cemetery was built on a plot of land owned by the linguist Ljudevit Gaj, purchased by the city in 1872 after his death. Architect Hermann Bollé designed the main building. The new cemetery was inaugurated on November 6th, 1876. The reason why I’ve put Mirogoj on this list is the fact that it is a beautiful park and sort of an open gallery. You first notice the enormous arcades, seen even from Medvednica Mountain. The most attractive part of this cemetery are arcades, pavilions, and promenades spread throughout the entire cemetery. Some of the most famous Croatians are buried here, which is why many call it the Croatian Pantheon. 

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