Viktorovac City Cemetery (Sisak, Croatia)

Viktorovac City Cemetery (Sisak, Croatia)
Burial on hill Viktorovac began in 1878 when Austro-Hungary occupied Bosnia and brought its wounded soldiers to the temporary military hospitals in Sisak.

About the cemetery

Grave of Vlado Janić Capo

As a place of residence, Sisak has existed for over two thousand years. The Illyrians, then the Celts, then the Romans, and finally the Slavs, lived in this region. At each period, people lived and died, so all cultures had to have a burial place.

Burial on hill Viktorovac began in 1878 when Austro-Hungary occupied Bosnia and brought its wounded soldiers to the temporary military hospitals in Sisak. About a hundred wounded soldiers died in Sisak. The first deceased, Ladislav Barboc, a Vienna-based driver, died on August 29, 1878. He was buried near the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Viktorovac. This grave no longer exists.

Entrance to the German Military Cemetery

By 1891 the deceased Orthodox were buried in the cemetery in Petrinja. Due to the distance and poor traffic, in 1891 the Orthodox Church in Sisak purchased 2 acre from the Church of St. Mary as "the land for burial of Sishtians of Orthodox faith".  A fee was paid for each burial to the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From that year, the existence of a cemetery in Viktorovac is calculated.

In the Victorian cemetery, about a hundred meters northwest of the church of St. Mary, there was also an Orthodox chapel of Sts. Petka. Orthodox were buried in front of this chapel, which is still visible today from the old tombstones.

The completion of the first Sisak hospital building, on December 29, 1896, is of great importance in the expansion of the cemetery. In 1897, in order to have the dead buried, the city magistrate of Sisak bought most of the land of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary where the city cemetery was then founded. In the 1940s, a morgue was built, and a fence area was enclosed. At that time, part of the cemetery was arranged for the German soldiers (about 540 graves). Now there is a common ossuary at this place with the remains of German soldiers.

Grave of Janko Bobetko

With the end of World War II, cemeteries became "socially owned". The People's Committee of the Municipality of Sisak decided (May 17, 1960) on the expropriation of one acre and 1045 square feet of land from the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Viktorovac for the needs of the city cemetery. The Cemetery was initially taken care of by the City Plantation Company.

By the decision of the Sisak City Administration in 1952, burials in the cemetery of Sv. Kvirin could only be performed in the tombs, and since 1960 the burials in that cemetery has ceased altogether. At the end of the 1960s, the city government informed the public that they should exhume their dead and move their remains to the Viktorovac City Cemetery, as a park would be arranged on that part. Some of the graves were moved to a new location (Viktorovac), but most of the monumental (Jewish) tombstones were demolished.

Important monuments and parts of the cemetery

Monument to the Flag Monument to the Flag

The "Zastava" (Flag) Monument is a monumental work of the renowned academic sculptor Antun Augustinčić and has original function and design, as well as artistic, aesthetic, and ambient value. It erected in 1965 in honor of the fallen soldiers and victims of fascist terror in the Sisak municipality and it is located on the elevation of the central part of the Viktorovac City Cemetery in Sisak.

Viktorovac Children's Cemetery
Viktorovac Children's Cemetery

The memorial site for the Children's Cemetery is located in Antun Kovačić Street in Sisak, opposite the Viktorovac City Cemetery. The monument at the site of the Sisak Children's Cemetery was erected in 1974 in honour of the children who died in the Sisak Children's Camp during the World War II. The monument is authored by academic sculptor Milena Lah. The conceptual design of the children's cemetery was designed by landscape architect Mira Wenzler.

German Military Cemetery
German Military Cemetery

Near the cemetery Church of St. Mary, the old part of Viktorovac is dominated by a façade brick, lined with high concrete pillars at the entrance to the German military cemetery - "Militaerfriedhof". There are six stylized German military crosses and a Book of memories that contains the names of dead German soldiers killed in II World war.

Sava Victims Cemetery
Sava Victims Cemetery

Sava Vistims Cemetery is a common burial ground for the inhabitants of Sisak and the surrounding area, who were killed by the Germans and Ustashas just hours before the Partisans entered, on May 5, 1945. The monument, the stylization of dead bodies floating on the water, was made by an academic sculptor Siščanin Želimir Janeš, who also designed the conceptual and artistic design of the whole complex. The monument was erected on November 29, 1956.

Important personalities at the cemetery

Grave of Miroslav Knight Mlikowsky De Lhota

Some of the important personalities buried at the Viktorovac City Cemetery are:

  • Aleksandar Vernak - pharmacist who opened first pharmacy in Military Sisak in 1864 
  • Miroslav Knight Mlikowsky De Lhota - doctor and ranger
  • Franjo Lovrić - first mayor of Sisak
  • Family Šipuš Sisački  (Nikola, Milan, Matija, Marta)
  • Mr. Ph. Romeo (Romualdus) Pl. Renaldy - one of the oldest pharmacists from Sisak
  • Ferdo Hefele - educator and ethnographer 
  • Vlado Janić Capo - activist, member of the Central Committee of the KPH and the Central Committee of the KPJ
  • Slavo (Slavoljub) Striegl - Croatian painter
  • Marijan Glavnik - Sisak academic sculptor and painter
  • Tea Benčić Rimay - Croatian poet, essayist, and literary theorist
  • Franjo Medricky - composer and choirmaster 
  • Janko Bobetko - member of the KPH, General of the Croatian Armed Forces, and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia from 1992 to 1995


Viktorovac City Cemeteries d.o.o.
Antuna Grahovara 2


Srđan Marić
Phone: 0038544531426


Basic data

Ownership: City of Sisak, Croatia
Cemetery size in m2: 124.970 m2
Number of graves:11.852