Belgrade New Cemetery

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New Cemetery
Crkva na Novom Groblju.JPG
Church of St. Nicholas at the cemetery
Established 16 August 1886[1]
Location Zvezdara, Belgrade
Country Serbia
Coordinates 44°48′34″N 20°29′14″E / 44.80944°N 20.48722°E / 44.80944; 20.48722Coordinates: 44°48′34″N 20°29′14″E / 44.80944°N 20.48722°E / 44.80944; 20.48722
Type Christian
Owned by City of Belgrade
Size 30 ha (74 acres)[1]
Website Guide through the New Cemetery

The New Cemetery (Serbian: Novo groblje/Ново гробље) is a cemetery complex in Belgrade, Serbia. It is located in Ruzveltova street in Zvezdara municipality. The cemetery was built in 1886 as the third Christian cemetery in Belgrade.

Except for the graves of ordinary citizens, the cemetery complex also includes special parts: military graves from Serbian-Ottoman War (1876-1877), Serbo-Bulgarian War, Balkan Wars and World Wars, the Alley of the Greats and Alley of Distinguished Citizens, where some of the most important persons of Serbian history are buried.


The cemetery is located along the Ruzveltova (official seat, at No. 50) and Mije Kovačevića streets, which divide it in two sections, left or western, which is in the municipality of Palilula and right or eastern, which is in the municipality of Zvezdara. Larger, eastern section is bordered by the streets of Mije Kovačevića on the north, Severni bulevar on the east and Svetog Nikole on the south. North of this section are the neighborhoods of Bogoslovija and Stara Karaburma, Zvezdara II is on the east, while Slavujev Venac and Bulbulder are on the south. Smaller, western section is marked by the streets Čarlija Čaplina (northeast) and Preradovićeva (southwest). It is situated next to the neighborhood of Hadžipopovac.[2][3]



As the city expanded, Belgrade’s old cemetery at Tašmajdan became inadequate. One the one side, it became too small for the function of the city’s main graveyard. On the other, once projected to be on the outskirts of the city, as Belgrade grew, Tašmajdan practically became downtown and close to the Royal court. As the city was in the financial crisis at the time and wasn’t able to buy such a large lot for the new cemetery, mayor of Belgrade Vladan Đorđević donated a patch of his land to the city for the purpose of establishing a new cemetery. In the next decades, the area, including the graveyard itself was known as the Vladanovac, after the mayor, but gradually was replaced with the name New Cemetery.[4][5] Mayors Živko Karabiberović and Mijailo Bogićević also worked on the establishment of the cemetery. Citizens originally disapproved the new location, as it was distant from downtown, so a horse-operated tram line was established, Terazije-New Cemetery. The adaptation of the lot was finished on 16 August 1886 and tomorrow the first person was buried in the new cemetery, Dragutin Dimić, son of the cemetery gardener Veljko Dimić. The graveyard originally covered 2 ha (4.9 acres), but by 2017 grew to 30 ha (74 acres).[1]

Period prior to 1945[edit]

New cemetery was charted into the city plans in 1884. First burials were held in 1886, but reinterment of the remains from the Tašmajdan dragged on in the several decades, being finished only in 1927.

Church of Saint Nicholas[edit]

The newly developed cemetery had no chapel or church, so by the endowment of Draginja and Stanojlo Petrović, a church dedicated to Saint Nicholas, projected by the architect Svetozar Ivačković was built in 1893. The iconostasis was painted by Stevan Todorović and the frescoes are work of Andrea Domenico, on the draft by Petar Ranosović. For a long time, the church also served for the parochial services, until the Church of Saint Lazar was built in the neighborhood of Bulbulder. In that period weddings and baptisms were also performed in the church, while the public fairs were held in fron of it. First memorial monument was built in 1907, when remains of the Serbian soldiers who died in wars against the Turks and Bulgarians in the 19th century were reinterred from the Tašmajdan. During the bombardment of Belgrade in the World War I, cemetery was damaged in 1915. In 1931 Valery Vladimirovich Stashevsky projected Iverskaya chapel, a replica of the original chapel which existed in the Moscow Kremlin which the Bolsheviks demolished that same year (it was rebuilt in 1994-95).In the Interbellum, seven military graveyards were also formed so as The Monument and Memorial Ossuary to the Defenders of Belgrade 1914-1918.[4][1]

Period after 1945[edit]

Cemetery of Belgrade Liberators, for the soldiers who died in 1944, extension across the Ruzveltova street to the west, was built in 1954. In 1959, a memorial cemetery for all the fallen fighters of the World War II was built by the architects Bogdan Bogdanović and Svetislav Ličina. Ličina also projected the Alley of Distinguished Citizens in 1965. By the 1983 decision of the National Assembly of Serbia, the New Cemetery was declared as the cultural monument of great importance.[1][4]


The first burials on the cemeteries that still exist today in the Belgrade's territory, were held in Zemun, at the end of the 18th century. However, the New Cemetery was the first which has been planned and projected specifically for this purpose, with all the infrastructure needed, so it is today considered to be the oldest of Belgrade's cemeteries. In 1886-2017 period, 340,000 people were buried.[1][4]

Among the headstones, there are 1,597 which are works of art by 130 Serbian sculptors, thus the cemetery is considered as the "museum in the open". Artists who contributed to this "museum" with their works include Ivan Meštrović, Đorđe Jovanović, Toma Rosandić, Sreten Stojanović, Petar Palavičini (sr), Nebojša Mitrić, Risto Stijović, Živojin Lukić (sr), Simeon Roksandić, Roman Verkhovskoy (ru), Olga Jevrić, Giovanni Bertotto, Oto Logo (sr), Petar Ubavkić, Lojze Dolinar (sl), Stevan Bodnarov (sr), Oscar Barbella and Nikola Janković (sr).[1][4]

The complex[edit]

The entire complex consists of a group of military graveyards, and a Jewish cemetery, on the left side of the Ruzveltova, while part on the right side of the street consists of three architectural and memorial sections: Arcades, Alley of the Greats and Alley of Distinguished Citizens.[1]

Western portion[edit]

Military graveyards[edit]

The oldest memorial at Novo groblje complex is the Serbian soldiers' ossuary built in 1907 which contains remains of the soldiers of Serbian-Ottoman War and Serbo-Bulgarian War that were transferred from Tašmajdan cemetery.[6] Another important part of the complex are the military graveyards with the remains of soldiers from Balkan Wars and World Wars. It contains remains of Serbian and other Allied soldiers, as well as Axis soldiers (there are French,[6][7] Russian (including White émigrés after the October Revolution,[1][7] British (Commonwealth, from World War II),[1][8][9] Italian,[6] German, Austro-Hungarian[7] and Bulgarian[7] military graveyards).[10] The complex of military graveyards also includes graves of those died in the 1941 and 1944 Bombing of Belgrade.

Cemetery of Belgrade Liberators[edit]

Liberators of Belgrade memorial

Part of the Novo groblje complex, but on the other side of the street from the main part is the Cemetery of Belgrade Liberators (Гробље ослободилаца Београда / Groblje oslobodilaca Beograda).[10] It contains graves of 2,944 National Liberation Army soldiers and 961 Red Army soldiers and the mass grave of 1,381 National Liberation Army soldiers and 711 Red Army soldiers who died during the Belgrade Offensive.

The cemetery includes Liberators of Belgrade memorial with the relief by sculptor Rade Stanković and the Red Army soldier sculpture by Antun Augustinčić. In front of the memorial is the sculpture of a Partisan holding a gun by Rade Stanković.

Jewish cemetery[edit]

Next to the Cemetery of Liberators is the Jewish cemetery with the remains of Jewish soldiers who died in the Balkan Wars and World War I, ossuary of Jewish refugees from Austria and the Memorial to the Holocaust victims and Jewish soldiers died in World War II by the architect Bogdan Bogdanović.[6]

Eastern portion[edit]


Though this section is today next to the wall, it was originally envisioned as a series of arches ("arcades"). It contains tombs of important public figures and wealthier citizens. Here are the graves of Nikola Pašić (1844-1926), politician, Milenko Vesnić, politician and diplomat, Janko Vukotić (1866-1927), general and politician, Sreten Stojanović (1898-1960), sculptor, Svetlana Velmar-Janković (1933-2014), writer.[1]

Alley of the Greats[edit]

Tomb of Jovan Cvijić at the Alley of the Greats

Alley of the Greats (Serbian: Алеја великана / Aleja velikana) was created in the 19th century with move of the greats from the Tašmajdan Cemetery to the New Cemetery. As an architectural unit, it was formed in 1926-27 as the first lot specifically designed for the nationally important people. It contains 25 tombs and 3 chapels with 113 buried people by 2017.[1] Some of the people buried at the Alley of the Greats are:

Alley of Distinguished Citizens[edit]

Tomb of Zoran Đinđić at the Alley of Distinguished Citizens

Alley of Distinguished Citizens (Serbian: Алеја заслужних грађана / Aleja zaslužnih građana) was formed in 1965,[6] and that alley is used since then for the distinguished and important citizens burial, after special procedure and approval of the City Assembly of Belgrade and Mayor of Belgrade. It contains single and group tombs of important writers, artists, actors, generals, people's heroes and other important persons. It occupied the central part of the cemetery and by 2017 there were 716 people buried in this section.[1] Some of the people buried at the Alley of Distinguished Citizens are:[19]



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  12. ^ Novo groblje official site: Kosta Hristić
  13. ^ Novo groblje official site: Stevan Hristić
  14. ^ "Slobodan Jovanović konačno počiva u Srbiji". 
  15. ^ Novo groblje official site: Stevan Kaćanski
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  17. ^ Novo groblje official site: Ilija Kolarac Milosavljević
  18. ^ Novo groblje official site: Kornelije Stanković
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  21. ^ "Zoran Đinđić". Official website of Novo Groblje. Archived from the original on 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
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