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Zadar City Cemetery


Most vacationers aren’t exactly thrilled at the thought of cemeteries. However it does have to be mentioned some of the highest quality stonework is on display at these sites.


The City Cemetery, Heritage Monument

 


Cemeteries, most vacationers aren’t exactly thrilled at the thought of them. However it does have to be mentioned some of the highest quality stonework is on display at these sites. The city cemetery in Zadar is proof of that, and to be honest, when you visit on a sunny day it’s really not all that morbid.


The cemetery of Zadar was established in 1821 and in 1854 was partially enlarged according to the project of the architect Valentino Presani. In 1866 it became monumental and in 1932-1933 it spread outside the ancient enclosure walls. There are six neo-classic chapels with delicate sculptures, monumental family vaults in Istrian stone or stone from the island of Brač, enriched by statues in marble or in bronze, bas-relief medaillons and Byzantine crosses of the adjacent small orthodox cemetery. There are also the tombs of some Austrian Governors and of citiziens who have honoured the city in the fields of humanities, arts and politics. After the Second World War, the cemetery was greatly expanded following the development of the city over the last decades, but the old monumental cemetery enclosed inside the ancient walls represents its historic heart.