Slovenia Plečnik's Žale

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Luka Esenko

About This Spot

Built on the site of a much earlier cemetery attached to the neighbouring Holy Cross Church, Žale, arguably Plečnik’s Ljubljana masterpiece, was completed in 1940. The grand arched entrance complete with stark white colonnades supposedly represents the gateway between the lands of the living and the dead. Between them and the cemetery itself are a series of peculiar buildings, chapels and monuments including the Žale funeral home. Architectural styles abound, reflecting Plečnik’s vision of equality among religions. The cemetery itself, once you get there, is a pleasure to behold and worth spending time here. The final resting place of many Slovenian greats including Plečnik himself, Žale also contains a small area given over to the Jewish population of the city.

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