May 7, 2021 - The Mirogoj cemetery complex is a valuable example of European neoclassical architecture by the German architect Hermann Bollé, and also the most valuable monument of Zagreb architecture of the nineteenth century, which is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe.
Mirogoj is a beautiful park and open-air art gallery. In addition to confirmed architectural and aesthetic values, the cemetery has great historical, social and cultural significance as the first Zagreb multi-confessional cemetery and the last resting place of many historical figures and is also called the Croatian Pantheon.
Hermann Bollé completed the construction of the magnificent arcades in 1917. Bollé's initial idea was to surround the entire cemetery with arcades and pavilions with a burial chapel at the central entrance, which he failed to realize during his lifetime. So far Bolle’s arcades have never managed to surround the cemetery, but have remained a wall-portal between the world of the living and the dead.
With the realization of the project of building southern arcades at the Mirogoj cemetery, which is planned in the period from 2022 to 2026, one-kilometer-long arcade will separate the cemetery from traffic and public areas and residential buildings in the south.
In this way, the arcades continue to the southern part of the Mirogoj cemetery, partly with a fence wall in combination with Colombian niches, and partly with arcades that will separate the Mirogoj cemetery from traffic and public areas and residential buildings in the south.
New arcades at the Mirogoj cemetery will be built in the area of a protected cultural and historical unit which will be a spatial, visual and sound barrier of the cemetery to the outside and will create the necessary oasis of peace and meaningfully shape the never completed southern border of Mirogoj cemetery.
There are three types of burial places in the building, niches for four and six urns within the Colombian walls (3,462 places), tombs for 6 burial places within the arcades (440 places) and common tombs in the places of the arcade pavilion on floor -1.
The planned value of the investment is HRK 115 million plus VAT. Due to the complex project, the entire project is divided into four stages of construction, over a period of four years. Construction is expected to begin in early 2022.
The project of building southern arcades at the Mirogoj cemetery is of special importance for the citizens, the City of Zagreb, as well as the Republic of Croatia.
New arcades at the Mirogoj cemetery will be built in the area of a protected cultural and historical unit that will be a spatial, visual and sound barrier of the cemetery to the outside space. The planned value of the investment is HRK 115 million, while the realization of the project is planned in the period from 2022 to 2026.