ŽALE Javno podjetje, d.o.o.
Med hmeljniki 2
Ljubljana

tel: +3861 420 17  00
faks: +3861 420 17 02

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History of the Company

2016 – The company ŽALE, d.o.o. becomes the finalist for the Republic of Slovenia award  for business excellence, for which it receives a diploma. At the same time, it also receives the international certificate ‘Recognised for Excellence – 4 star’. The website of the Plečnikova cvetličarna florist shop is launched.

2015 -  For its innovative ‘find-a-grave search engine’, ŽALE, d.o.o. receives the bronze award of the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia – the Chamber of the Central Slovenian Region. This is an enhancement of the possibility of visualising cemeteries in the Municipality of Ljubljana – a virtual tour and discovery of cemeteries. As the first funeral service provider in Slovenia, the Company includes in its offer a new funeral service dubbed the White Flame, actively participating in its development for a whole year. In the same year, the Company also receives the information security management certificate (ISO/IEC 27001) and the full family friendly company certificate. BISNODE, a decision support company, awards it the highest credit worthiness certificate AAA– gold excellence. It also submits its application to qualify for the Republic of Slovenia business excellence award.

2014 – As the first company of its type in Slovenia, Žale sets up a mobile version of the find-a-grave search engine and upgrades the desktop online version of the search engine. Its mobile guide ARtour is upgraded with three new theme-based search parameters: Writers and Poets, Actors and War Cemeteries. This year, the cemetery marks its 100th anniversary. On the occasion of the jubilee, the Chamber of Municipal Economy at the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia commends the Company with its ZKG-GZS Award for 100 years of operation benefitting the citizens and responsible care of preserving cultural heritage. The Municipality of Ljubljana awards the Company its special charter for 100 years of operation benefitting the citizens and responsible care of preserving cultural heritage at a solemn ceremony. To honour its 100th anniversary, the Company publishes a book entitled ‘100 years of the Life of the Company Žale’, which may be borrowed from Ljubljana’s municipal libraries or viewed online at the Company’s website www.zale.si.

2013 – Transfer of support processes onto Javni Holding Ljubljana, d.o.o. (finance & accounting, human resources and IT fields) and introduction of the SAP information system. To mark the days of the heritage of European cemeteries, the visitors of the Žale Cemetery were offered two free mobile AR tour guides: mobile guide Plečnik’s Žale – the Garden of All Saints and mobile guide Park of Peace – Žale Cemetery.

2012 – Robert Martinčič, Msc. becomes the new General Manager of the company ŽALE Javno podjetje, d.o.o. (= public company). The Company is awarded the basic ‘family friendly company certificate.

2011 – The classic part of the Žale Cemetery is enlarged (the D sector) according to the designs of architect Marko Mušič.

2010 – The ŽALE stonemason’s workshop opens on the location of the western part of the sales outlet pavilion at Plečnik’s Žale. The PST florist shop opens at Kerševan’s Žale.

2009 – The Company is entrusted the management of eight cemeteries, namely: Črnuče, Šentjakob, Šmartno pod Šmarno goro, Janče, Prežganje, Javor, Mali Lipoglav and Šentpavel. The expansion of the urn burial fields of Žale Cemetery (‘the D sector’) designed by architect Marko Mušič is underway. Plečnik’s Žale complex becomes a cultural monument of national importance.

2008 – For the innovation of online live stream of funerals, the Company is awarded a bronze medal of the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia.

2007 – The Company is granted the OHSAS 18001:2007 occupational health and safety international standard. It is the first funeral company in the world to offer online live streaming of funerals. Its website is enhanced by a find-a-grave search engine. The European Heritage Board composed of ministers of culture and heritage from EU member states awards the European Heritage Label to Plečnik’s Žale complex.

2006 – The Company receives the ISO 14001:2004 international environmental protection certificate.

2005 – The fourth cremation furnace with an exhaust smoke cooling system enters into operation. The Company starts using an electric vehicle to transport the deceased and people with reduced mobility during funerals. The country’s first two interactive information systems are installed at the Žale Cemetery. Also installed is a candle vending machine. The Company’s website allows for a visualisation of the Žale Cemetery with spatial snapshots of its key location points.

2004 – The first Days of the Heritage of European Cemeteries in Slovenia are organised, within the framework of the Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe – ASCE.

2003 – Bojan Lepičnik becomes the new General Manager of the Company ŽALE, d.o.o. A renovated farewell hall is inaugurated at Kerševan’s Žale, which also allows the mourners to be present at the cremation of the deceased.

2001 – The Snowdrop Park is opened, the first cemetery sector in Slovenia intended for the burial of deceased and stillborn babies. A new sales pavilion is opened at Plečnik’s Žale that houses the Plečnikova cvetličarna florist shop. A third cremation furnace becomes operational. The Cemetery becomes an active member of the international Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe.

2000 – The Company is granted the international certificate of quality ISO 9001:2008 (then ISO 9002).

1994 – The Company’s professional services move to the renovated premises at Plečnik’s Žale.

1992 – On 11th February funeral services recommence at the renovated Plečnik’s Žale.

1990 – The company Žale is transformed into ŽALE Javno podjetje, d.o.o.

1988 –The construction of a new sector of the Žale Cemetery (‘sector D’) based on the designs of architect Marko Mušič begins and is completed in 1989. This sector also features Remembrance Grove as the first place in Slovenia where cremated ashes may be scattered.

1982 – architect Marko Mušič designs the new part of Žale.

1979 – the headquarters of TOZD Žale were officially moved to a new building on Tomačevska Road.

1978 – The crematorium of Ljubljana, the only in Slovenia, equipped with two TABO furnaces, becomes fully operational on 26 December.

1975 – Accelerated activity begins to build a crematorium in Ljubljana. The City’s council appoints a self-initiative board for the construction of the crematorium, and a construction board, which decides that the investor in the crematorium, farewell halls and administration offices built alongside Tomačevska Street will be the (public utility) Komunalno podjetje Ljubljana or TOZD Žale.

1974 – The company Žale is transformed into Komunalno podjetje (= public utility company) Žale, Ljubljana.

1973 – The company Komunalno podjetje Žale becomes a member of the European Burial Union (EBU). At the time, the Komunalno podjetje Žale is actively involved in contact with European funeral service providers.

1969 – The Company starts managing the cemeteries at Polje and Sostro.

1963 – The Funeral Institute Žale is renamed to become the newly established Municipal Public Utility Company Funeral Institute Žale, Ljubljana. Thus the company manages, in addition to the central Žale Cemetery, the cemeteries at Bizovik, Dravlje, Rudnik, Stožice, Šentvid, Štepanja vas and Vič, while operating a partial funeral activity at Črnuče Cemetery.

1961 – The Institute is entrusted with the management and maintenance of the cemetery at Šentvid.

1956 – The Funeral Institute Žale is allocated the management of the cemetery at Bizovik.

1954 – On 7 April, the Žale Establishment is proclaimed a financially independent undertaking named the Funeral Institute Žale.

1952 – Upon the reorganisation of the Municipal People’s Committee (MPO) and the cessation of the district people’s committees, the Žale company is entrusted with the management of the cemeteries at Bizovik, Dravlje, Rudnik, Stožice, Šentvid, Štepanja vas and Vič. Based on a decision of the MPO, the National company Žale is proclaimed an economic institution with independent financing.

1947 – The Central Cemetery of Ljubljana is annexed to the Žale company on 1 July 1947.

1946 – Based on the decision of the Municipal People’s Committee of 23 October, the so-called National company Žale is established, proclaimed an economic institution with independent financing. In 1946, the MPO takes over the entire Ljubljana cemetery at Žale, which until then was managed by the diocesan ordinariate.

1940 – With a ceremony held on 7 July, today’s Plečnik’s Žale complex is inaugurated.

1938 – Following a lengthy debate, the Municipal Council on 13 October adopts the name Žale (‘mourning place’) for the new morgue complex consisting of several chapels. The morgue with the mourning chapels is completed in two years.

1936 – The Municipal Council decides to build the morgue chapels, placing the deceased in them would become obligatory. The first designs for the morgues were made by the architect Spinčič, but in early 1936, the new management board of the Municipal Funeral Institution abandons his designs because the construction would have been too costly, and asks the architect Plečnik to design a construction programme and plans for the morgue chapels.

1929 – The Municipal Funeral Institution addresses the pressing issue of building a morgue in Ljubljana, because at the time, the deceased would still await burial in their homes. The management board then suggests the building of a morgue at the Cemetery next to Holy Cross Church.

1927 – The Municipality buys a house and land at Ambrož Square for the Institution. In the same year, the Institution purchases funeral inventory from two private undertakers.

1924 – The Institution buys a plot of land on Akacijeva (today’s Njegoševa) Street in Ljubljana where it intends to build the premises for business needs of the Institution and the morgue.

1923 – The owners of the Cemetery are the parishes of Ljubljana, which lease out the cemetery to a leaseholder, who is free to choose own hired hands to dig graves and maintain the cemetery, and outsources various services to private providers.

1921 – The Municipal Council grants a permit to the Funeral Institution to build its own business premises, and in 1923, the parishes of Ljubljana establish a cemetery fund led by the diocesan ordinariate. It appoints its legate, who with his employees manages the cemetery next to Holy Cross Church. There are no more hired hands or leaseholders.

1915 – On 12 October the Municipal Council adopts the rules of the Institution with the intention of carrying out a concession granted based on a tender of the Provincial Government, and manages collectively all of the former private companies that the Municipality had purchased. In accordance with these rules, the management of the company is composed by the Municipal Council of Ljubljana, the company’s management board and director. The Municipal Council draws up the rules, ceremonials, funeral pricing and appojts the management board and director.

1914 – On 1 August, the Municipal Funeral Institute starts its actual operation as a company. Prior to that, on 24 June the Municipality signs its first purchase agreement with a privately owned funeral company Doberbe, which also includes all funeral inventory in the warehouses, garages and stables on Frančiškanska (today’s Nazorjeva) Street and its offices on Prečna Lane.

1913 – Following a trade order, the Municipal Council of Ljubljana on 13 June 1913 submits an application to the Provincial Government of Carniola requesting to be granted a concession allowing the Municipality to carry out funeral services. Thus on 15 July 1913 the Municipal Council decides to establish a Municipal Funeral Institution that would purchase the required funeral inventory from private undertakers in Ljubljana. It is on 27 October 1913 that the Provincial Government finally grants the concession to the Municipality of Ljubljana to carry out funeral activities.

1907 – The Austrian trade order gives priority rights to citizens in the granting and performance of funeral service concessions.

1906 – The year marks the first official funerals in the new cemetery next to the Holy Cross Church.

1904 – First burial.
 

Before 1900, Ljubljana only had private funeral companies that carried out all types of funeral services and transported the dead, based on special permits of the Provincial Government.

Cemetery and funeral activity are certainly among the oldest activities of any society.

Since times immemorial, in villages and small settlements, the deceased were buried with either opulent or modest ceremonies prepared by the villagers themselves. In larger settlements and towns, special services were established that took care of cemeteries and the burial of the dead. In the beginning, the cemetery activity and upkeep of graveyards were in the hands of the Church, while funeral activity was a private trade.

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