Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Mostar
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (December 2011)|
|Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Mostar|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|For the Yugoslav Partisans of Mostar|
|Unveiled||25 September 1965
9 May 2005
|Location||Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Designed by||Bogdan Bogdanović|
The Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Mostar is located in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was built in 1965 in honor of the Yugoslav Partisans of Mostar who were killed in the Yugoslav Front of World War II. It's located on Bijeli Brijeg and displays all the features of a complex architectural, aesthetic and landscape design. It is a unique monument in the urban scale of the city of Mostar, and is of particular ambient value.
At the initiative of Džemal Bijedić, the Serbian architect Bogdan Bogdanović was put in charge of the design. The Municipal Assembly passed the decision in 1960 and was carried out by Mostar's Parks and Plantations Corporation. Preparation for the cemetery began in October 1960 and work started on 1 December 1960. Ahmet Ribica, a civil engineer, was in charge of drilling and dynamiting works on the hill and constructing the monument. On 25 September 1965, the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Mostar and the formation of the Mostar Battalion, it was opened by Josip Broz Tito.
In 1992, the cemetery was badly damaged by war and dynamiting. After the war, the cemetery deteriorated due to severe neglect, vandalism and devastation.
On 31 January 2003, a committee composed of Bogdan Bogdanović, Boris Podreka, Amir Pašić, Darko Minarik, Ekrem Krpo, Zdravko Gutić, Tihomir Rozić, Alija Bijavica, Milica Dogan, Florijan Mičković, Milivoj Gagro, Radmilo Andrić, Mumin Isić and Mustafa Selimović was created in support of renovating the cemetery. By the end of 2004 an operational programme of measures was created.
In 2005, works were fixed and various parts of the complex and greenery were reconstructed. On 9 May 2005, the cemetery was formally opened.
In 2006, the cemetery was proclaimed a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since then however, the cemetery has once again fallen victim to neglect, heavy vandalism and rubbish dumping.
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- "Decisions on Designation of Properties as National Monuments: Partisans' Memorial Cemetery in Mostar". Bosnia and Herzegovina Commission to Preserve National Monuments. 24 January 2006.
- "The Forgotten". Bosnia and Hercegovina: Twenty Years Later. Institute for War and Peace Reporting. 24 April 2012.