The Mirogoj City Cemetery (pronounced [mîr:j], Croatian: Gradsko groblje Mirogoj), also known as Mirogoj Cemetery (Croatian: Groblje Mirogoj), is a cemetery park that is considered to be among the more noteworthy landmarks in the city of Zagreb. The cemetery inters members of all religious groups: Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, Latter Day Saints; irreligious graves can all be found. In the arcades are the last resting places of many famous Croats.
Christ the King Church from inside the cemetery
The Mirogoj 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 6 November 1876.
The construction of the arcades, the cupolas, and the church in the entryway was begun in 1879. Due to lack of funding, work was finished only in 1929.
Unlike the older cemeteries, which were church-owned, Mirogoj was owned by the city, and accepted burials from all religious backgrounds.
On 22 March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zagreb was hit by a 5.5 magnitude earthquake that caused significant damage across the city, including the damage on the famous arcades of the Mirogoj cemetery.
- Zlatko Balokovi? (1895-1965), violinist
- Milan Bandi? (1955-2021), longest-serving mayor of Zagreb
- Ena Begovi? (1960-2000), actress
- Hermann Bollé (1845-1926), architect
- Ivana Brli?-Ma?urani? (1874-1938), writer
- Ferdinand Budicki (1871-1951), automotive and air travel pioneer of Zagreb, introduced cars to the city
- Kre?imir ?osi? (1948-1995), basketball player and coach, member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and FIBA Hall of Fame
- To?o Dabac (1907-1970), photographer
- Arsen Dedi? (1938-2015), singer-songwriter and composer
- Dimitrija Demeter (1811-1872), Greek-Croatian who played a major role in the movement for the national awakening of the Croatian nation
- Filip Deutsch (1828-1919), nobleman and industrialist
- Julio Deutsch (1859-1922), architect and co-owner of the architecture studio Hönigsberg & Deutsch
- Janko Dra?kovi? (1770-1856), nobleman, national reformer, politician and poet
- Rajko Dujmi?, songwriter and composer (1954-2020)
- Hugo Ehrlich (1879-1936), architect
- Aleksandar Ehrmann (1879-1965), industrialist, philanthropist and diplomat
- Ljudevit Gaj (1809-1872), co-founder of the Illyrian movement
- Leo Hönigsberg (1861-1911), architect and co-owner of the architecture studio Hönigsberg & Deutsch
- Hosea Jacobi (1841-1925), Chief Rabbi of Zagreb
- Miroslav Krle?a (1893-1981), writer
- Oton Ku?era (1857-1931), astronomer
- Zinka Kunc-Milanov (1906-1989), famous soprano
- Svetozar Kurepa (1929-2010), mathematician
- Ante Kova?i? (1854-1889), writer
- Vatroslav Lisinski (1819-1854), composer
- Vladko Ma?ek (1879-1964), politician
- Savi? Markovi? ?tedimlija (1906-1971), publicist
- Antun Gustav Mato? (1873-1914), writer
- Andrija Mohorovi?i? (1857-1936), seismologist
- Edo Murti? (1921-2005), painter
- Vladimir Nazor (1876-1949), writer
- Maximilian Njegovan (1858-1930), Commander-in-chief and admiral of the Austro-Hungarian Navy
- Slavoljub Eduard Penkala (1871-1922), inventor
- Dra?en Petrovi? (1964-1993), basketball player, member of both the Naismith and FIBA Halls of Fame
- Milka Planinc (1924-2010), first and only female prime minister of Yugoslavia
- Vladimir Prelog (1906-1998), Nobel prize-winning chemist
- Petar Preradovi? (1818-1872), poet
- Stjepan Radi? (1871-1928), leader of the Croatian Peasants Party
- August ?enoa (1838-1881), writer
- Ivica ?erfezi (1935-2004), singer and politician supporter of Croatian Peasant Party
- Ivan ?uba?i? (1892-1955), last Ban of Croatia
- Milka Ternina (1863-1941), famous soprano
- Franjo Tu?man (1922-1999), the first president of Croatia
- Vice Vukov (1936-2008), singer and politician
- Tin Ujevi? (1891-1955), poet
- Emil Uzelac (1867-1954), head of the Austro-Hungarian air force
- Ivan Zajc (1832-1914), composer
- Monument to Fallen Croatian Soldiers in World War I (1919)
- Monument to the children from the Kozara mountain
- Tomb of the People's Heroes (1968)
- Memorial Cross to Croatian Home Guard Soldiers (1993)
- Monument to the Victims of Bleiburg and the Way of the Cross (1994)
- German military cemetery (1996)
- Monument of the "Voice of Croatian Victims - Wall of Pain" (to Croatian victims of the Croatian War of Independence)
Location and access
It is located today in the Gornji Grad-Medveak city district, on Mirogojska road and Hermann Bollé street.
ZET bus line 106 runs between the cemetery and the Kaptol bus terminal in the heart of Zagreb every 20 minutes during the cemetery's opening hours.
A less frequent line, 226 (every 35-40 minutes), also starts from Kaptol by the same route, but continues further east to Svetice terminal, directly connecting to the Maksimir Park.