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Kastav

The history of Kastav is turbulent. Archeological discoveries confirm the presence of an Illyrian tribe of Japodi in 11th century B.C. on the site of today"s town. After them the town was governed by the Romans, Ostrogoths, Greeks, Lombards and in the 7th century the Croatians moved to the place and stayed here till today.

Kastav offers to its visitors different types of recreation. From Kastav up to the North there is a woods Loza and Lužina, an ecological paradise, traversed by the European pedestrian way E-6, and it follows the trases of an ancient Amber way, connecting the coasts of the Baltic (town Flensburg) and the Adriatic Sea.

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Đakovo

Đakovo was first mentioned in written documents in 1239 in the deed of the Croatian duke Koloman Bosnian bishop Ponsi, which bishops are becoming masters of Đakovo and surrounding area. Since then, begins the history of the Diocese of Đakovo. Đakovo is now a bishop's town - the seat Đakovačko-Sirmium Diocese.

In 1536 Đakovo occupied Turks and ruled nearly 150 years - the town then named JAMES. It was a dark period of the city. Destroyed nearly all Catholic churches and mosques were built. The most famous is the Ibrahim Pasha Mosque, which was after the Turks converted to the Catholic church. In 1690 returned to the town bishop and then starts building the city.

History Paddock Đakovo begins by establishing the Diocese of Grant ten o'clock Arabian horse and a stallion, although it takes a year of 1506th According to the bishop Bakić horse breeding on the estate has existed since 1374. Breeding continues today in the State Lipizzan stud farm, which is among the oldest in Europe, as well as a growing number of private horse breeders. For many years, the Stud was part of PEC Đakovo, and today it is the state horse farm Lipizzan horses, in charge of breeding and selection.

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Vinkovci

A distinguished place among the numerous important details regarding the City history surely belongs to the oldest Indo-European calendar, the Orion. The archeologists discovered this vessel on March 21st, 1978 at the site of the present-day Hotel Slavonija. Twenty years later, it was determined that the engraved ornaments represent the constellations which dominate the night sky above Vinkovci.

Here in the heart of Vinkovci, Europe's oldest city, stand together the symbols of space, time and civilization. The engraved ornament on the vessel which was unearthed from the Vučedol layer in Vinkovci and had been made before the year 2600 B.C., represents the most complete Indo-European calendar which is based on astral symbolism with pertinent constellations for all four season. Although it was created in the same time period as the Sumerian and Egyptian calendars, it does not represent their replica, since it is based on the 45th parallel.
 

Vinkovci, Croatia

Ilok

Ilok is the easternmost town of the Republic of Croatia and a place where the East meets the West. It rises elegantly above the Danube, surrounded by the slopes and magnificent vineyards of Fruška Gora. It is a town of long history with interesting cultural contrasts woven into its medieval town, one of the largest urban and fortification complexes of Northern Croatia and the Danube basin. However, Ilok is above all the Danube kingdom of wine known for its Traminac and other varieties which have been pleasing its visitors for a long time. Today, Ilok is reviving after years of war and exile ready to welcome its visitors with an open heart

Ilok, Croatia

Sisak

Durability of urban life in the modern city of Sisak has more than 2000 years. As such, it is one of the oldest settlements in this area. In 4th century BC, in what is now Sisak, where she has been inhabited by indigenous Illyrian tribes, breaking the Celts. Illyrian-Celtic settlement Segestica Roman army tried to take a number of occasions. It finally succeeded Octavian, 35 BC. From originally built military camps, the Roman Siscija quickly rises to the status of the city with very strong military, transport and administrative functions, developed commerce and trade, and later the famous mint. Money coined it was used throughout the Roman Empire, thanks to this Siscija name became known and other such over the centuries, until today.

The expansion of Christianity in Siscia established early Christian communities and dioceses in the third century. Of all the famous Sisak Bishop Bishop Kvirin which seat from 284 to 303 when he was at the time of the last great Roman persecution of Christians arrested and murdered. Siščani the bishops adopted this as their patron.

From medieval anonymity, Sisak will emerge during the battles with the Turks, especially after the construction of the famous Sisak stiffer 1544th year. Siska his glory will experience the culmination of the great Christian army victory over the Turks, after the third siege 1593rd year.

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Sinj

Suitable geographic position, caves, hills and fertile valleys have preconditioned the development of agriculture as well as the development of cattle breeding on the mountain slopes. After the fall of the Roman Empire, barbarians repeatedly invaded the area. At the beginning of the 7th century, Croats came from White Croatia (the Vistula region in today’s Poland) and settled in the region of Dalmatia. In the later period, when a kingdom was founded, fortified Sinj became the centre of the Cetina County. As the princes grew in power and influence, the Cetina Principality was founded. The title of princes of Cetina was first acquired by the Šubić princes and from 1345 it belonged to the Nelipic princes. The Franciscans of the Bosnian Vicary were encouraged by Prince Ivan Nelipic to come to Cetina, the town at the foot of Sinj fortress. There they built St Mary’s church as well as the monastery, which was plundered and burnt by the Ottomans in 1492. In 1513 Sinj fell into Ottoman hands, up until 1686, when it came under Venetian rule. The Ottomans, however, were still attempting to win back Sinj. The most significant battle was fought in 1715, when 700 defenders of Sinj repulsed an attack of tens of thousands of Ottomans. The disordered Ottoman army, weakened by hunger and the outbreak of dysentery, left the Cetinska Krajina Region.

After the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and then the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the Independent State of Croatia, the Italian occupation and the communist Yugoslavia, Sinj has finally become part of the independent and sovereign Republic of Croatia. The Day of the Town of Sinj is celebrated on August 15. On that day Assumption of the Madonna, the patroness of Sinj, is celebrated as well.
Sinj and Cetinska Krajina represent an interesting tourist area, and the major attraction, for which the town is known a, is certainly the traditional Tilters Tournament of Sinj. It takes place every year on the first Sunday in August to commemorate the victory over the Turkish army in 1715. The tilters, dressed in the traditional costumes, ride on horseback in full gallop, trying to thrust a ring (alka), hanging from a wire, with a lance.The tilter who scores the highest number of points (punat) is declared victor. Many tourist from Croatia and abroad visit the Tilters Tournament every year.

Sinj, Croatia

Ozalj

Once the seat of the powerful Croatian nobility and the site of outstanding cultural and historical events, Ozalj town and its environs can boast a rich and glorious past. His identity and tourism promotion Ozalj today builds on the foundation of a valuable cultural and historical heritage and traditional special end.

Due to its favorable position in prehistoric times on the limestone cliff above the river, a settlement on the ground Ozalj old town. Pit located in a natural hollow rocks can be considered the oldest so far discovered quarters ovomedijelu Croatian. In the northern courtyard of the town was discovered early Romanesque church, is also the oldest in the wider Pannonian region. Archaeological finds of prehistoric, Roman and ranogsrednjovjekovlja testify about the ups and downs, and the continuity of settlement long before the 1244, when the name of the town was first written.

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Smiljan - Nikola Tesla Memorial Center

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a pioneer scientist during the turn of the 20th century best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. On 9th to July 10th at midnight, while over Smiljan flashes of lightning, Nikola Tesla was born. The rest is history. Village Smiljan near town of Gospić in Croatia nowadays holds Tesla Memorial Center. The world famous inventor, physicist, mechanical and electric engineer, inventor and futurist, as well as the possessor of a near - eidetic memory. He spoke eight languages and held 300 patents by the end of his life. He lived and died in the United States. His legacy has experienced a major resurgence in recent years — the name Tesla, as you might have heard, is way in vogue right now — as many of his predictions about power and communication have come to realization.

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Krapina - The Richest Neanderthal Finding Site In The World

In the year 1899, the fossil remnants of the Homo sapiens neanderthalensis species were found at the excavation site located at the Hušnjak hill in Krapina. During a six-year research at the site, led by highly expert Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger, a total of 876 single fossil Neanderthal fossil remains were found, placing Krapina in the world"s scientific heritage as the world"s richest Neanderthal finding site.

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Vukovar

The Vukovar area has always been an intersection of roads, the place where different cultures meet, but also a battleground in wars. The continuity of population in the Vukovar area can be followed for five thousand years through numerous archaeological sites. The Vučedol Culture, which was named for the location Vučedol, located five kilometres downstream on the Danube, holds particular importance for this area. The Vučedol Dove, found in 1938, became the symbol of the city. Also, the Orion from Vučedol, which is considered to be the oldest calendar in Europe, has equal importance.

Vukovar suffered the greatest victim in the war in 1991. The beginning of the armed assault on Vukovar happened on May 2nd, 1991 when 12 Croatian policemen were killed in Borovo Selo. The attack on Vukovar began on August 24th, 1991 and the city was under siege for three months after that. On November 18th, 1991 Vukovar lost the battle and succumbed to military occupation. The population of non-Serbian descent (about 22 thousand people) were driven out of the city and more than 6 thousand residents of Vukovar were taken to numerous camps in Serbia. Many of them were abused and some of them never left the camps alive. The city was destroyed in 1991. The approach to restoration was that the city’s most recognisable features should be restored – the old streets and squares – which will provide the City on the Danube with its recognisable Western European, baroque feel. In 1997 the process of peaceful reintegration began. The City Administration achieved the conditions for the reinstitution of services and the return of the exiled population, and from that moment onward Vukovar is regaining its former identity with each passing day. Vukovar is a symbol of resistance, invincibility, and persistence. At the same time Vukovar is a symbol of peace, to which the courage, sacrifice, and greatness of its defenders grant an exalted place in the process of creating the independent Republic of Croatia.

Vukovar, Croatia