Zagreb's Mirogoj cemetery is on the list of the seven most endangered cultural monuments in Europe this year, after suffering extensive damage in the March 2020 earthquake.
The Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the City of Zagreb, the City Institute for the Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, and the Zagreb Holding multi-utility conglomerate, nominated the cemetery for the European Seven Most Endangered Program, taking into account its specificity and value as the most important multiconfessional cemetery in Croatia and an exceptionally valuable cemetery at the European level.
The program, implemented since 2013 by Europa Nostra in cooperation with the European Investment Bank Institute, each year puts emphasis on seven European localities.
Culture Minister Nina Obuljen-Koržinek said that a number of European experts, notably earthquake reconstruction experts, had offered various forms of help over the past year and that they would all be involved, notably in complex reconstruction projects.
"The preliminary work on the Mirogoj complex alone, to be financed from the European Solidarity Fund, has been estimated at 97 million kuna," she said.
She noted that the renovation of Mirogoj would be a long-standing project requiring great professional engagement considering that the cemetery had not been renovated since its construction.
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