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Cathedral in Đakovo

Đakovo cathedral is one of the newest cathedrals in Croatia, but its foundations are set back in the past. In the 13th century, the Bosnian bishop together with Kaptol because of the security, was forced to abandon his former residence, and transferred its headquarters to Đakovo. Soon they built the Đakovo bishop’s palace and cathedral and got the status Diocese of Đakovo and Srijem.

During the centuries and constant Turkish attack the cathedral was often demolished and rebuilt. After the Turks, its been a while until all conditions were harmonized, and until a right man for the assignment of building a cathedral as it is today appeared. Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer accepted this assignment. In collaboration with the architect Rosner, and later architect Schmidt, Strossmayer has successfully achieved its plan. Instead of five, cathedral was built sixteen years, but today it is a trademark and spiritual foundation of Đakovo.

The cathedral was built in the neo-Romanesque style, and its floor plan takes the form of a Latin cross. Its interior is decorated with 43 beautiful frescoes with biblical themes from the Old and New Testaments. At the intersection of frescoes, there is an altar, a symbol of Christ. Christ is the spiritual foundation of the entire cathedral.

The main altar is a masterpiece of architecture, it is 15 meters high and it is dedicated to St. Peter, the patron saint. There are six additional altars along with a ceremonial pulpit. Statues and reliefs that surround the altars are true a work of art. Large crypt with the tomb of Josip Juraj Strossmayer and other bishops takes up space beneath the main altar.

The main building component is red brick because of which the cathedral has a distinctive and unique look. There are three entrances to the cathedral through the ceremonial portals, and it is adorned with two bell towers. At the grand ceremony on the 1st of October in 1882 was opened for public.

Working hours:

Cathedral is opened every day  from 6:30am till 12 pm, and from 15pm till 19:30 pm on weekends.


The Cathedral of St Peter in Đakovo
Custodian of the cathedral: Msgr. Luka Strgar
+385 (0) 31 802 306

Dalmatian Prosciutto

This specialty is blend of traditional Dalmatian cuisine, climate and lifestyle that characterizes Dalmatia and the local population. Due to the specific taste and unique traditional way of production, this Dalmatian delicacy is considered as one of the best products of Mediterranean cuisine.

Name History

Prosciutto is a specific Mediterranean product. The term originated from the Latin word perexsiccatus, which is in Italian modified as prosciugare, meaning “completely dry”.


Dalmatian prosciutto is made of pork ham from Yorkshire and Landrace breeds and their crosses. The best ham is produced from pork that weighs between 140 and 180 kilograms (between 308 and 396 pounds).

Pork ham is salting with sea salt at temperature of 4°C to 6°C and after a week you add more salt if necessary. After salting phase, follows phase of molding and it lasts between one and two weeks. Before putting it on dry, ham is protected by putting a mixture of sharp flour, fat and pepper or pork fat on it. After comes phase of smoking with flow of fresh air, this process takes from 50 to 70 days. For smoking is recommended to avoid wood with a resin. Process of drying is next and it takes about a year. The best prosciutto is considered to be those drought between year and a half and two years.

Traditional production requires that the ham is dried on the Bora wind (north-easterly wind) which dries it in a natural way, but Jugo (south-easterly wind) is needed as well, because it prevents bark from drying and cracking. In more modern mode of production, hams are dried in a chamber under controlled conditions, this method of production avoids the possibility of drying up, which can occur in adverse conditions in traditional modes of production.

This Dalmatian delicacy is usually served with hard cheese and before serving cutting requires special attention. Cutting is an art in itself and it is performed exclusively by knife which cuts ham into thin and long pieces.

The Amphitheatre in Pula

The Amphitheatre in Pula, or the Pula Arena is the largest and best preserved monument of ancient architecture in Croatia. It is the sixth largest amphitheater in the world among the Roman amphitheater. It stands alongside the Colosseum in Rome, the Arena in Verona and amphitheater in Pompeii and Nimes.

Appearance of the Arena

The Amphitheater has four floors and faces the sea. The external wall is made of local limestone, and stones were brought from quarries near Pula. The building is very geometric and elliptical. In the center of the arena was the battleground, and on the exterior facade were four towers. Each of the towers had two water tanks and spraying equipment for spraying scented water over the audience. What stands out in the Arena and distinguishes it from the others, are carriers that were used for covering the amphitheater which protected visitors from sun and rain.

History of Arena

It is believed that construction began in the time of Emperor Augustus, who reigned 27 years B.C. Gladiatorial combat and hunting animals were staged there. Admission wasn’t charged, but the seating was strictly monitored of the social hierarchy by the richness. The arena also maintained numerous trials to killers, bandits and rebels. Trials have looked so that the unarmed or lightly armed prisoners were brought before the beast. We can easily conclude what was the outcome of the fight.

Arena Today

Amphitheater attracted the attention of various travel writers, architects and artists for centuries. It is similarly today – Arena is a first class tourist attraction. Since year 1954, Film Festival in Pula is maintained there. Arena is also the ideal place for concerts of world famous names. There were performances by Luciano Pavarotti, Jamiroquai, Eros Ramazzotti, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Sting, … In year 2003 there was set an art installation Kravata oko Arene. It was the longest tie in the world, it entered the Guinness Book of Records, and nice pictures of a wrapped Arena circulated the globe.

Trakošćan Castle

Trakošćan Castle is a popular tourist destination, as a part of the school trips or to an individual visitors. It was built in the 13th century as a small castle in romanesque style. Castle is situated in Bednja, on the hills of Zagorje region. Various rulers governed castle Trakošćan, but the most significant was Drašković family. They even build one part of the castle. The Drašković governed the castle from 1568 to the 1944, when the castle was nationalized.

To achieve its today appearance, castle was often renovated over the years. Its red roofs and white towers are rising at the top of the hill among the abundance of greenery. As you approach to the castle, climbing by the beautifully arranged footpath surrounded with trees, you are secretly entering in the world of cavalrymen, knights and their maidens. And before you know it, you start listening to the sound of horses in gallop. There is a romantic chapel of St. John in the immediate vicinity of the castle. Pine trees are surrounding the chapel and it is arranged in the late baroque style.

Carefully decorated rooms that continue one after another are arranged on several floors. In the front of each room there is a brief note of its content and purpose. The rooms, which are highly conserved, contain valuable examples of Baroque furniture, and rich collection of weapons from the 15th to 19 century. Such an authentic view of life of that period, gently introduces you to the time when the castle lived to the fullest. The corridors are filled with portraits of former rulers and detailed family tree of Drašković family.

Nowdays, apart from the permanent exhibition, there are also periodical exhibitions. From the museum shop you can take with you a valuable souvenir as a reminder of this fabulous surroundings. Balconies and terraces provide a perfect view on the lake beneath the castle. On the lake there is also a restaurant, which besides gastronomic offer provides renting a pedals.

Working hours:

  • In the summer (1st of April to 31st of October) – from 9am till 18pm
  • In the winter ( 1st of November to 31st of March) – from 9am till 16pm

Ticket prices:

  • Adults 30 kn
  • Children 15 kn


Trakošćan Castle

+385 (0)42 796 281

Enjoying Wine in Slavonia

Slavonia is a historical region located in the eastern Croatia. Besides being known for hunting, rural tourism and good food, this region is home to numerous varieties of grapes and famous quality wines.


Thanks to its location and tradition, Slavonia became a fertile ground for the cultivation of the vine. It is assumed that the vine in this area was cultivated before Roman times. Today, this region has ten vineyards which produce some of the best wines in continental Croatia.

Ten Slavonian vineyards are: Đakovo, Slavonski Brod, Nova Gradiška, Požega – Pleternica Kutjevo, Daruvar, Pakrac, Feričanci, Orahovica – Slatina and Virovitica.


Slavonia has ideal conditions for the production of large quantities of wine. In this region white grape varieties are mainly grown. Graševina (Welschriesling) is the most common and it is considered as the main grape variety of this region.

There are several theories about the origin of Graševina. The world’s most common name for this wine variety is Welschriesling, but in some parts of Europe Graševina is known as the “Italian Riesling”. According to one theory, this variety is brought to Central Europe by the ancient Romans. However, the other theory suggests that the origin might be somewhere to the east of the Balkans. Unlike previous theories, a modern theory claims that Graševina originated in the Champagne region.

With Graševina (Riesling), some of the present white grape varieties in Slavonian climate are: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Red Traminer, Fragrant Traminer, Green Silvaner, Rhine Riesling, Rizvanac, Kerner, Moslavac (Furmint) and Sweet White Zelenac.

Among the red varieties the most common are: Franconia, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Portugizac.

Interesting Facts

Graševina as the most common wine variety makes between 26 and 28 percent of the total wine production in Croatia.

Slavonian town Kutjevo is considered as the epicenter of Croatian winemaking and is home to the oldest Croatian wine cellar, built back in the 1232. Another interesting fact about this part of Slavonia is information that Kutjevo is situated at 45.3° North latitude, the same geographic line that extends westwards through some of the most famous wine-growing regions: Istria, Piedmont, Val du Rhone, Bordeaux and Oregon.

Enjingi, which gave to Croatia the first gold Decanter, with Krauthaker and Kutjevo, as winners of numerous prestigious medals, have a reputation as the most famous Slavonian wine producers.

Church of St. Donat

Church of St. Donat is the symbol of Zadar and the most famous medieval building in Croatia. It was called the Church of Sv. Trinity by the 15th century, and then it was named after St. Donatus, the bishop who had it built. It has a distinctive shape, it is 27 meters high and is one of the most famous pre-Romanesque churches in Europe.The church is cylindrical in shape and quite massive. It is originally conceived as an independent building, but has become a part of the construction of the complex with the Cathedral of St. Anastasia.

Who was St. Donatus?

But you must be wondering who is this St. Donaust by whom the church is named? Donatus was the Bishop of Zadar. He lived in the 8th century in this area, and he was some kind of a saint. It is not known exactly when he died, but his character as an old man was recorded on the frescoes in the church. St. Donatus was wise and skillful diplomat. Through the acquaintance with Prior Paul and the Emperor Karlo Veliki he was enabled to go on many trips. A journey worthy of special attention, is the one to the imperial residence.

It is believed that the church of St. Donat was modeled on what they saw in Ravenna and Aachen. Church somewhat resembles to the church San Vitale in Ravenna or the Palestinian court chapel at Aachen, but it’s still a special structure that is significantly different from those models. It is therefore interesting to specialists, but also numerous Zadar tourists. Its unusual shape attracts the most attention, but its purpose is to cause much debate. Church of St. Donat served as the residential bishop of the church, but certainly served the religious needs of the population.

Sv. Donat was buried in the church of St. Trinity that bears his name since the 15th century. His remains were placed beneath the main altar, and after the French invasion in Zadar, were transferred to the church of St.Anastasia where they are today.

The church today

The church has no long a sacred function, and for a time it was Zadar’s Archaeological Museum. Sv. Donat has an excellent acoustic characteristics, and the international festival of medieval and Renaissance music Glazbene večeri u Sv. Donatu is being held in the church.

We will never know what prompted the construction of this monumental freestanding church, but we will not even bother with it. We are just glad that this monument is in our beautiful Zadar!

Dubrovnik City Walls

The city walls of Dubrovnik are one of the largest fortification monuments in Europe. They stretch to a length of 1940 meters and fully surround the city. They consist of a main wall, a number of towers, bastions and fortifications. The walls have preserved to this day thanks to the skillful builders and caring citizens.

The walk along walls of Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions. You will feel like you are in the theater or on the set of a movie inside of the walls. During your walk you can enjoy the charming cafes or have a cold drink and still enjoy the view. In fact, within the walls you’ll feel like you’ve entered another city.

Although the city walls are impressive, what is inside of them is just as interesting. Culture Club Revelin is a unique place at the entrance to the old town of Dubrovnik. Revelin is one of the fortress and now and modern space that accommodates a couple thousand enthusiastic visitors. There are concerts of various artists, DJs from around the world, and all who seek for fun will find something for themselves.

But that’s still not all the charms that walls hide. There is also one of the oldest pharmacy in Europe, and it is interesting that it is still in service. Pharmacy has a valuable fund of books and two thousand recipes, and part of it is exposed in the museum along with pharmaceutical supplies.

When you have already visited the city walls, you have to drink coffee in Stradun, a popular promenade in the city. There you’ll meet tourists from around the world and discover the city’s soul. And while you’re at Stradun, it would be a shame to miss out on some of the concerts that take place in front of the church Sv. Vlaho. This is where the popular Croatian and foreign artists, bands and orchestras perform. Also, in Dubrovnik, concerts Stars Under the Stars are being held for nine years in a row. These concerts are located at locations near Dubrovnik luxury hotels, and perform only a very select names from the music scene.

Dubrovnik city walls in the media

One of the most popular tourist portal Trip Advisor, placed the Walls among the top 10 world historical wonders. The walls are now among the Taj Mahal and Macchu Picchu. A good number of tourists who had already visited the walls agree with this.

Although the Dubrovnik did not need additional advertising, the news that the series Game of Thrones is filmed there, is welcome! Several shots were recorded on the city walls, and the fortress Lovrijenac and Bokar are a very convincing background.

National Park Kopački Rit

Kopački rit covers large era of 17 000 hectares in the Eastern Croatia. It is the best preserved moist habitat in the entire Europe and it was created due to the activity of two rivers, Drava and Danube. The exceptional beauty of the landscape, rich greenery and various animal species are the reason of many visitors. For the second year in a row Kopački Rit offers a special advantage, One summer day in Kopački rit. During that tour program is available at lower prices.

Its unique wave look is the result of stunning game of nature and it can be called natural pearl of Slavonia for sure. Grout deposits in one area, while in the other, ground constantly deepens. In that way ponds and elevated areas are created which watching from above look like curves. In 1993 Kopački rit was included in the Ramsar list of areas which include moist habitats of international importance.

Kopački rit is quite interesting because of the 295 bird species that live on its territory, and there are also many species of fish, mollusks, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Birds can be seen as part of a special program which is held during the year. During one visit you can see up to 70% of the species. You can have your own bird which carries the name you choose for her. Kopački Rit offers the possibility of adopting a bird. You get a certificate, and if the bird is spotted anywhere in the world, park sends you an information so you always know where your bird is.

You can discover special zoological reserve in a boat tour with a professional guide. The boat takes you through the amazing world of the Danube floodplain. On this journey, you have the opportunity to take a peek into the life of many bird species. From the wild geese and herons over to the distinctive eagles. In the warmer months you can experience unspoiled nature in a bike ride, which is available for rent.

Surrounded by the beautiful nature there is Castle Tikveš in the middle of the park. Romantic castle complex consisted out of New Castle, Old Castle, a chapel and a restaurant where you can take a break with a rich offer of the traditional dishes. With prior notice, professional guide will conduct you through the educational trail to introduce you to the origin of the Kopački rit and its rich flora and fauna.

Contact info:

Javna ustanova park prirode Kopački rit

Titov Dvorac 1

31 328 Lug, Hrvatska

031/ 285 370

Castle Tikveš – 031/ 285 394

Traditional Croatian Culinary Delights

Below are several of the most known culinary artworks originating from Croatia. No matter what region of this country you’re visiting you’re bound to find something interesting, so if you’re looking for something new and unique for your tastes make sure the delights below aren’t skipped!

Slavonian Kulen

Slavonian kulen is one of the most famous Croatian traditional products. This dry sausage is the most famous food product and treasure of Slavonia. Due to its unique mode of production and preparation, this gift of Slavonian region to all lovers of dried meat products, is proclaimed as a product of exceptional importance for Croatian regions Slavonia, Baranja and Syrmia.

Pag Cheese

Pag cheese is the most famous and most awarded Croatian cheese. This product is the winner of numerous international awards and it is protected as original Croatian product. Pag cheese is made from sheep’s milk that comes from Pag indigenous breed of sheep. Smell and taste of cheese are defined by specific vegetation and conditions to which this Croatian island is exposed.

Dalmatian Prosciutto

Dalmatian prosciutto, a local specialty, is blend of traditional Dalmatian cuisine, climate and lifestyle that characterizes Dalmatia and the local population. Due to the specific taste and unique traditional way of production, this Dalmatian delicacy is considered as one of the best products of Mediterranean cuisine. The term originated from the Latin word perexsiccatus, which is in Italian modified as prosciugare, meaning “completely dry”.

Istrian Prosciutto

Istrian prosciutto is protected product and a true gift of Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula. It is protected by geographical origin and must be produced exclusively in inland of Istria , at least 12 kilometers (7.46 Miles) away from the sea. Thus resulting in the ideal combination of marine and continental climates.

Sisačka Salama

Sisačka salama is a traditional Croatian dried meat product. This product is the result of a long tradition of Sisak area and has been included on the list of products that bear the “Croatian Creation” trademark. This salami is successful product thanks to the experience and work of old butchers from Sisak area, who passed their knowledge from generation to generation.

Brijuni National Park

Brijuni are located along the western coast of Istria, opposite the town of Pula. An interesting legend follows the formation of these 14 magnificent islands, but numerous visitors and rich tourist offer are proof to its popularity.

For many years, Brijuni were presidential residence, so they became a synonym for elite and health tourism. Today, because of the magical combination of unique flora and fauna, undersea world and rich cultural and historical heritage, Brijuni are quite attractive destination. Various exciting excursions are organized so you could truly discover this paradise on earth.

There are a several destinations you must see when visiting Brijuni. Preserved gazebo on Ciprovac is an exceptional example of architecture and was often exposed at the exhibitions, while Mausoleum of family Kuppelweiser hides a tragic story of the island’s owner. Koch stone quarry, named after the great scientist who saved the island from malaria and Čufar stone quarry, named after the skilled engineer of the beautiful promenade.

Istrian area is known for a variety of archaeological sites such as the beautiful Roman villa in Verige, villages Gradina and Kastrum with the Basilica of St. Mary, while Brijuni kredni park introduces visitors to the time of dinosaurs. Footprints of the various types of dinosaurs and fossilized remains can be seen at the Cape Pogledalo, Cape Ploče and peninsula Zelenika.

The oldest golf course is located on the Brijuni islands, while numerous yachtsmen confirm that Brijuni are ideal destination for peace and relaxation. Greenery and blue sea create a romantic setting and it is the perfect place for a wedding and creating truly wonderful memories.

Contact information:

  • Brijuni National Park
  • Brionska 10
  • 52212 Fažana
  • +385 (0) 52 525 888