Podgaric Monument – Podgarić, Croatia - Atlas Obscura

Podgarić, Croatia

Podgaric Monument

This stunning, out-of-the-way Croatian monument commemorates a community's uprising against occupying fascist forces. 

The Podgarić Monument was erected in 1967 by Dušan Džamonja, as a memorial to a 1941 uprising in Croatia. A nearby plaque reads “Here are buried 900 soldiers from the wider area of Moslavine who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and independence of our nation during the National Liberation Struggle from 1941 to 1945.”

Atop a hill in the small town of Podgarić, the monument towers over an artificial lake below. The monument was commissioned by Tito, Yugoslavia’s long-time dictator, who commissioned a number of similar monuments to World War II sites throughout Yugoslavia. Most of the sites were former Yugoslav Partisan memorials, the party which Tito was involved and who took over after the war.

The abstract monuments were meant to symbolize power and triumph, but were poorly maintained after Yugoslavia fragmented. The Podgarić Monument receives occasional upkeep, but is doesn’t get much traffic.

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Accessible by car from Zagreb

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