Places where the souls of the city are put to rest, Rijeka's cemeteries Kozala and Trsat are protected historical and cultural wholes and unavoidable sightseeing points of the city. Thanks to their valuable heritage, they are part of the Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe.
Since the second half of the 18th century the former city administration purchased land for the oldest and the most beautiful monumental city cemetery Kozala, whose history goes back to 1856, while at the same time recording funerals in the Burial Records since 1872. Having in mind that in 1885 a Jewish cemetery was established here as well, it is the right place to point to a long tradition of Rijeka’s multiculturalism. Wealthier citizens, rich industrialists, seafarers, ship owners and bankers ordered lavish tombs which were made by the recognised local and foreign sculptors of the time.
The most elite place at the cemetery from which a beautiful view stretches over the whole Kvarner Bay is taken by one of the greatest tombs in Croatia from the Art Nouveau period, the one owned by the industrialist and torpedo inventor – Robert Whitehead, built in 1904, which can be reached by Pergolli’s steps. Apart from this one, the List of Protected Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia includes the Gorup Mausoleums and the Manasteriotti tomb.
In Kozala, as well as the Trsat cemetery, built in 1901, there are a number of tombs of important persons from the Croatian history. Both cemeteries are adorned by extraordinary horticultural facilities and landscape architecture.
Rijeka is the only Croatian city with a pet cemetery, for which the protectors and lovers of our four-legged friends say that it is, along with the Paris and London ones, the oldest cemetery in Europe. This cemetery is also located in Kozala. There are tombstones dating back to the mid 1930s, which indicates that this cemetery was built in the period between the two world wars, and not before. It is interesting that not only pets have been buried in this cemetery, but also animals that won awards at exhibitions and competitions all over Europe for the Croatian Kennel Club. This is a resting place for animals from Croatia as well as from the neighbouring countries, Germany and Italy.