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Osijek

Osijek, Croatia

Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul - Co-cathedral of Dakovo-Osijek archdiocese, Source: najboljeuhrvatskoj.info

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A city and a port on the right bank of River Drava. Illyrians and Celts founded a settlement of Mursa here in the 3rd century BC, and in the 1st century AD the Romans had upgraded the old settlement of Mursa to a colony. In the 5th century, the settlement of Mursa fell to ruins during the migrations, and in the 12th century it was mentioned as Osijek. In the 16th century it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and turned into the centre of a sanjak, only to be freed in the 17th century. A new Baroque Osijek fortress was built in the 18th century as a military and administrative centre. Gornji Grad (Upper
Osijek, Croatia

Baroque Tvrda of Osijek, old Osijek city core built in the 18th century on the bank of River Drava. Source: sib.hr

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City) was founded west of the fortress, with Donji Grad (Lower City) in the east. They were united in the 18th century and granted the title of a Free Royal City in the 19th century. Osijek counts over a hundred thousand inhabitants. It is the economic and cultural centre of Slavonija and administrative centre of Osijek-Baranja County. It has a University and scientific institutes. Its farming, cattle farming and fishing are very developed, along with strong food, chemical, textile, wood, leather and other industries. The city is full of Baroque, historic and Secession buildings and monuments. One should
Osijek, Croatia

Fish-paprikash cooking contest organized by the Osijek Tourism Board. Source: glas-slavonije.hr

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definitely visit the Pejacevic Castle, Co-cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Capuchin church and monastery, the oldest part of the city, Tvrda - a Baroque citadel, and the Church of the Sacred Name of Mary. Numerous events take place in Osijek, and some of the most important are: Osijek Summer Nights, Fish-paprikash (fish stew made with paprika) contest, Urban Fest Osijek (UFO), Land Art - hay festival, Conference of puppeteers and puppet theatres of Croatia (SLUK). Osijek has 7 galleries, Slavonia Museum, Croatian National Theatre, children's theatre, permanent water world exhibit and a zoo. Kilometers of grassy parks with forests, Kopika centre with swimming pools, various playgrounds, hunting and fishing areas add to the recreational offer of Osijek. Within the County, one should definitely visit Kopacki rit reserve, Eugen Savojski Castle in Bilje, Bizovac Spa, Episcopal city of Dakovo, wine cellars in Erdut and a shrine in Aljmas. Accommodation is available in 12 hotels (Central, Psunj, Royal, Turist, Osijek, Waldinger etc.), in boarding houses, surrounding rural households and apartments. Osijek is famous for its rich offer of Slavonian dishes, Osjecko pivo (beer) and Baranja wines. It is a Croatian gastronomic metropolis with over 100 catering facilities.

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