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The gravestone of Nikola Zrinski of Siget, the Croatian Governor and ruler of Medimurje. Cakovec Museum of Medimurje. | by Rosa Klein
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The gravestone of Nikola Zrinski of Siget, the Croatian Governor and ruler of Medimurje. Cakovec Museum of Medimurje.

The gravestone of Nikola Zrinski of Siget, the Croatian Governor and ruler of Medimurje who died in the battle at Siget in 1566, was carved out of Veronese red marble. It was originally housed in the mausoleum of the Zrinski family, built in 1559 within the Pauline monastery in Sveta Jelena, nowadays Senkovec, near Cakovec. Fragments of the gravestone were found in 1924 during archaeological excavations which were conducted by Emil Laszovski and Stjepan Savic-Nosan, members of the Brothers of the Croatian Dragon Association. The gravestone was damaged in the fire of 1695 which heavily damaged the monastery. Following the fire, the Zrinski family mausoleum was turned into the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary, while the fragments of the gravestone were built into the foundations of the new monastery church.

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Taken on May 24, 2008