Symbolic Cemetery under Ostrva

If you choose to walk to the Popradske Pleso, we make a detour to this, we recommend to see this special place. It’s really only a 5 min byway, we can guarantee that you spend a few tens of minutes. It’s popular and often visited corner of the mountains, which is located in an altitude of 1,525 meters. Symbolic resting place is not only those whose lives have retained in the High Tatras, but also some major Tatra´s inhabitants, who has missed back home.

The original memorial tables were scattered on the specific locations of mountain tragedy. The idea of ​​”… focus depressing operating table placed victims Tatra summits in different parts of the Tatras one accessible, dignified place.” came in 1936, painter Otakar Stafl from Prague, who along with his wife and a few friends embarked on the implementation of this idea. Their efforts culminated in making this work to the general public in 1940. At Sunday in August 11, 1940 under the Tatra festivities after the formal speeches President of the Slovak Republic became symbolic cemetery officially opened.

In 1970 was a symbolic cemetery under Ostrva included in the list of cultural monuments of Slovakia. Currently, there are 313 memorial tables installed with 450 names, of which 39 are women. The oldest of them is a table from 1911 and it is the silent memory of Jeno Wachter, who died in 1905 at roping horse from Zabi kon. He was one of the first victims of the Tatras back to the beginning of sport climbing.
Integral part of the Symbolic cemetery are roods from Detva. They are installed 77 roods, of which 47 indigenous and 30 later. Two large roods are planted at the entrances to the cemetery. “In memory of dead – live on alert” motto carved on the door of the chapel highlights Genius Loci of this amazing place.


GPS: 49°08’56.3″N 20°04’48.1″E

Zobraziť Symbolický cintorín pod Ostrvou na väčšej mape


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