Žale Cemetery

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In 1936 a new design was commissioned from the architect Jože Plečnik. The new part, named Plečnik Žale cemetery, was completed in 1942. 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 is worthy of a good hour’s stroll. The final resting place of many Slovenian greats including Plečnik himself.

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    Buildings, Joze Plecnik

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