Račić Family Mausoleum – Cavtat
The Mausoleum of the famous Cavtat shipbuilding family, Račić, (the sculptor Ivan Meštrović 1883 – 1962), in the cemetery of St Rocco in Cavtat, was built in 1921 on the site of the former 15th century Chapel of St. Rocco, according to the will of the testatrix, Marija Račić. It was built from white, Brač stone in the form of a dome and throughout the building there is not a single piece of wood or any other material besides bronze used to make the door and the bell.
The entire mausoleum, from the entrance on which there are two caryatids, through to the vault covered with angels’ heads, the oor containing its biblical history symbolised by the four evangelists, the main altar and side naves, is full of symbolism representing the three basic stages of human destiny: birth, life and death. On the mounded bell created according to Meštrović’s design, is an engraving of his most wonderful thought: “Discover the secret of love and you will solve the secret of death and believe that life is eternal.”
The Račić Family Mausoleum is a unique beauty, which like a white swan meditates eternity, oating above the sunny seas of Cavtat and the alley of pines, cypresses and palm trees.