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Virovitica


Virovitica is a town with a long history, situated on the important traffic crossroads, at the place where the picturesque mountain Bilogora turns into the rich Pannonian valley, at the place where Slavonia embraces Podravina and where both kaikavian and stokavian dialects are heard.

The written history confirms the Duke Koloman' s granting of number of privileges to the citizens of the 'big town of Virovitica' ('magna villa Wereucha') in 1234. In 1242 King Bela IV issues right here the Golden Bull, a charter granting the status of a free royal town to Zagreb.

A new era of prosperity and development in all walks of life is dated in late 17 th century after the retreat of the Turks. The Franciscan monastery and St. Rocchus Church with its magnificent interior, one of the most beautiful examples of the baroque church art in continental Croatia and Pejačević Palace, undoubtedly an impressive example of the baroque profane architecture, represent today a proof of a remarkable 18 th century development.

In 1804 the count family Pejačević builds a baroque classicistic castle surrounded by a well-proportioned park and dominating the centre of the town. The 19 th century building of the First Croatian Savings-Bank was completely built in accordance with the Viennese building standards having very elegant eclectic characteristics.

Nowadays Virovitica has a population of 22.000 inhabitants and is the seat of the Virovitica-Podravina County. It offers a wide range of free time activities to its citizens and visitors such as attractive museum exhibitions, theatre performances, concerts, sports events, gastronomic events, traditional festivities and other events.
Not very far away from the town people can enjoy the beauty of the hills covered with vineyards offering a unique panoramic view on the vast valleys of Podravina and Slavonia or the natural atmosphere of the perfectly preserved fish ponds of Virovitica which are ideal for recreation and fishing.

The whole area from the forest slopes of Bilogora to the river Drava, which forms a natural frontier with the Republic of Hungary, offers outstanding opportunities to hunters because it is rich in a variety of big and small game.

Virovitica is a good starting-point for reaching other attractive places such as St Mary' s Church in Voćin, the pilgrimage place in Gradina, park of nature 'Papuk', protected natural reservation and arboretum in Lisičine or the unique natural reservation of Prekodravlje area in Križnica.

Virovitica represents a very attractive and easily accessible tourist destination because of its comparative advantages and thanks to its good traffic links with other places.


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