After the first visit to Petrova gora, something dragged us back. This time we decided to visit the Partisan hospital on the slopes of Petrova Gora. This hospital, the forgotten witness of history and the unknown tourist pearl of Croatia, is certainly a location worth visiting.
The central Partisan Hospital was founded in 1942, and worked until 1945 when it was relocated to Karlovac. The construction of the hospital was led by Jakov Kranjčević Brada, whose grave is located close to the hospital. As far as overhead facilities are concerned, the hospital had, among other things, the administration, the department for the wounded, the operating rooms, the staff building etc. The underground facilities are particularly interesting. They were used to hide the wounded during the attacks. During the existence of the hospital, more than 5000 wounded have passed through it. More than 1000 of them are resting in peace in the forests of Petrova gora, at the cemetery near the hospital itself. In 1971, the hospital was awarded the Medal of the National Hero of Yugoslavia for outstanding war merit.
Of course, when we talk about the hospital in the 21st century, it is considered to be negative. While some neighboring countries preserve and renew similar monuments, we are neglecting and forgetting them. The state of the Partisan hospital and the nearby monument witness to the shameful relationship of modern Croatia to the legacy of its own history. Nevertheless, the partisan hospital is certainly an interesting excursion for the curious, although you will find out about its history most from the internet sources, not the location itself, as it should actually be.