Žale Cemetery, Ljubljana

Roberta Wilde © Art in Death 2015

Žale Central Cemetery (marked in Slovene Language: Centralno pokopališče Žale) is the the central cemetery in Ljubljana and the largest in Slovenia. Built in 1906 behind the Holy Cross Church, in 1936 a new design was commissioned from the architect Jože Plečnik whom we due the marvellous propylaea entrance. The Cemetery is more like a garden,where the green spots are often visited for a run, walking the dog or enjoying the cool of the evenings besides visiting the departed. It is crossed by a cycling path. Žale Central Cemetery is member of the “European Cemeteries Route” which collects the major and most valuable and interesting burial grounds throughout Europe. About 2,000 prominent people are buried here. Definitely worth a visit, to be kept if possible until sunset (in summertime the gates close at about 9:00 pm).

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