Monument of Four Religions - the most important information
This memorial ossuary was erected in 1934 at the City Cemetery, only 3 km from the center of Cacak. It was built in memory of the warriors who died during the First World War and the Balkan Wars in the area of Cacak and its surroundings. Today, it is in this place thanks to the brave women led by Milica Obradovic, who advocated for the transfer of the remains of the soldiers to the common ossuary. We suggest that you include the memorial ossuary in your visit during your stay in Cacak.
History of the Monument of Four Religions
Primarily, fallen soldiers were buried in two locations, depending on which army they belonged to. The women's section of the "Association of Reserve Officers and Warriors", committing itself to keeping and promoting world peace, advocated for the creation of a joint memorial ossuary in which all the remains were later moved. Their initiative was helped by the Ministry of Justice, and it led to 914 soldiers from 15 countries being buried in the newly built memorial ossuary. Following the conceptual design of Isidor Janjic a blue stone pyramid was erected above the ossuary. Orthodox and Catholic crosses, an Islamic crescent and a Jewish six-pointed star were made of Jablanica granite and put on its sides, which shows respect for soldiers of all faiths. The ceremonial opening of the monument in 1934 gathered numerous representatives of the embassies of European countries, as well as clergy representatives of these 4 religions. During World War II, the Nazis removed the Islamic and Jewish symbols, but they were restored by the artist Irena Kelecevic and returned to the monument in 2007.
Significance of the Monument of Four Religions
- The memorial-ossuary to the fallen warriors was declared a cultural monument.
- The symbols of the 4 religious communities engraved in the monument honor the fallen warriors without exception, and it calls for tolerance and compassion, in war and in peace.
How to get to the Monument of Four Religions?
You can reach the City Cemetery in Cacak by your own vehicle, and it takes no more than 10 minutes. You can take the same route for walking, or call one of the taxi services in the city.
- By car: From the city center, follow Kuzeljeva Street to Devet Jugovica, from where you will cross to Kursulin at the roundabout. From there, through Bishop Nikofor Maksimovic, you cross into the Balkanska, which leads to Loznicka and Milosa Obilica streets all the way to the City Cemetery.
- On foot: Follow Milosa Obilica and Balkanska to Loznicka from where the cemetery is not far.
- Taxi stations: Mega Taxi 032 340350, Pink Taxi 032 320640, Ca taxi 032 320032, As taxi 032 320333