Lapidarium – Guča, Serbia - Atlas Obscura

The Lapidarium is a small outdoor museum of tombstones and roadside stone monuments. In this unusual complex resides 33 tombstones and roadside monuments crafted by sculptor Radosav Čikiriz and other stonemasons from Guča.

The open-air exhibit is divided into three vaulted structures (sobrašice), which house some of the tombstones described as the most beautiful examples of “folk blue plastic.” Some of these monuments were created around the 1830s.

The tombstones (krajputaši) are highlighted by their authentic decorations and epitaphs. They depict warriors, pupils, women, trumpeters, harvesters, and artisans. In 2001, the museum was declared a cultural monument by the Republic of Serbia.

Krajputaš are best characterized as gravestones away from a graveyard. They often mark where a person may have died and usually contain written biographical information about the deceased.

The park next to the museum also has several interesting stone monuments. 

Know Before You Go

The museum is located in Pionirska street, not far from the Guča center.

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