Don’t be afraid of visiting a cemetery! Another one of Hermann Bolle’s masterpieces and to many, the jewel in the Bolle/Zagreb crown is the Mirogoj complex designed by the architect and constructed between 1883 to 1914.
More like a park than a cemetery, Mirogoj is Zagreb’s main cemetery with it’s arcades, domed gatehouses, pavilions and mortuary all designed by Bolle. It also happens to be his final resting place; a fitting tribute for the architect and town planner.
If you don’t want to spend too much time here, take a look at the arcades first, then wander down the main avenue behind the chapel starting from Dr Franjo Tudman’s gravestone – the first president of the Republic of Croatia.
Along with Tudman, you’ll find numerous graves of prominent Croatian figures, including writer Antun Gustav Matos – you can catch his sculpture near Lotrscak Tower, basketballer Drazen Petrovic and Marija Juric Zagorka, a female writer whose historical novels made her a celebrity. Her monument is on Tkalciceva street, as you go to the Stone Gate.