Croatian Garden

1141 Martin Luther King Dr.
Dedication Date:
Sponsoring Organization:

Our Croatia Inc.

History & Design:

The lower plaza of the Croatian Garden is in the “licitar” or heart-shape, a significant motif in Croatian folklore. The upper level is meant to be a standard plaza shape, meant for gatherings and performances.

The baptismal font on the upper level is a replica of a Prince Viseslay font, and represents the conversion of Croatia to Christianity. The six benches are made from Brac stone imported from Croatia.

The waterfall leading from the upper level to the lower level recall the many waterfalls the country is known for, especially those at Plitvice Lake and Krka Falls.

The statue called “Immigrant Mother” on the lower level was created by noted Cleveland sculptor Joseph Turkaly. It is a powerful reminder of the experiences of immigrants who have come to America.

At the base of the statue is text in Glagoltic, the original language of Croatians. It includes a Grb, or Croatian shield, and is created in a Pletar motif, which represents the Trinity.