Ivan Meštović mausoleum - Church of the Most Holy Redeemer

  • Šibenik Region

The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer is the last resting place of the great Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović and his closest family members: mother Marta, father Mate, brothers Marko and Petar, son Tvrtko and wife Olga. With the construction of this building, he fulfilled his intention to build a tomb for his family, and to give his native land a church in which, according to his wishes, the holy mass shall be held in the language of the people. For its construction (1926 -1930) he chose Paraćeva glavica, a small hill in the northwestern part of Petrovo polje, which belongs to the village of Ružić according to cadastral data, and is only a ten-minute walk from the house of Meštrović family in Otavice. The architectural project of Ivan Meštrović was realized by architects Harold Bilinić and Lavoslav Horvat and builder Marin Marasović.

A massive cube is built on a 20-m high hillside from an indigenous type of stone – limestone and soft siltstone. The cube dominates Petrovo polje to this day, creating a spatial accent that is widely visible from a variety of views. The outer floor plan consists of a simple rectangular base with rectangular protrusions on all four sides, while the wall surface in the interior passes into an octagon. He finds architectural models in the ancient central buildings, such as Diocletian’s Mausoleum in Split, while the simplicity of the design of the outer shell and the purity of plastic forms are a reflection of Meštrović’s architectural considerations.


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