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Racic mausoleum in Cavtat by Ivan Mestrovic. For this Mausoleum in 1925. Meštrović was given  Grand Prix of  the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes ( there were  15,000 Exhibitors). | by Rosa Klein
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Racic mausoleum in Cavtat by Ivan Mestrovic. For this Mausoleum in 1925. Meštrović was given Grand Prix of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes ( there were 15,000 Exhibitors).

The mausoleum of the well-known ship-owners family Račić from Cavtat was built on St. Rock's cemetery. Its construction took place in 1921, on the place of St. Rock's church from 15th century, following the will of the testatrix Marija Račić. It was built from the white stone from Brač in the form of cupola. In the whole building no other

material but stone was used, except bronze for the door, the bell and the Angel. The whole mausoleum is full of symbolic representing three basic stages of human fate: birth, life and death. This is contained in the ornaments like the heads of angels on the vault; the symbols of four evangelists on the floor, the main alter and the lateral naves.

On the bell founded by Meštrović's design we find his beautiful reflection: "Comprehend the secret of love, you will solve the secret of death and believe that the life is eternal.

"Mausoleum of Račić Family is a unique beauty that seems to sail above the sunny sea and pine, cypress and palm lines, like a white swan of eternity.

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Taken on October 1, 2008