Varaždin cemetery is considered to be the most beautiful cemetery in Croatia but also in Europe. It’s the fantastic example of landscape architecture and natural monuments begun to look like today more than hundred years ago when established in 1773. In 1905, Herman Haller began to arrange about 7,000 cypresses, maple, ash, red beech, boxes, magnolia…. Clipping Thuja in geometrical bodies made the cemetery more similar to the French fleet. One of the most valuable monuments in the Varaždin cemetery is the “Angel of Death”, the work of Sculptor Robert Frangeš Mihanović, which symbolically shows the farewell of the living with the dead. It is an ideal, restful place for visitors due to the botanic composition of birch, flowers, grass and tall cypress trees, which allows for the delicate play of light and shadow…
Sculptor Frangeš Mihanović managed to turn peaceful resting place for dead in a nature park and beautiful spot for tourists. Numerous monuments are works of other famous Croatian sculptors. Astonishing chapels and graves with artistic value will leave visitors speechless. The cemetery is divided into new and old and has the characteristics of a French park. The cemetery is part of a mosaic of different customs and funerary art in Europe for last 200 years. It belongs to the Italian project from Verona “European Cemeteries Route”. It is definitely a must see!
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