7 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT OSIJEK ・ CROATIA

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One.

Osijek is the 4th largest city in Croatia, located 280km from the country’s capital, Zagreb with a population over 110,000. It was one of the main regions severely affected by the Yugoslav War with many reminders still remaining throughout the city.
 Two.
One of the most striking buildings in this city is the Osijek Co-Cathedral, built-in the 1890s as a general initiative by Đakovo based Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer, recognising Osijek’s growing Roman Catholic population. This Church has a capacity of 3000 people and it’s interior was illustrated by renowned Croatian painter, Mirko Rački.
During Croatia’s war of Independence the church was heavily damaged. While all this damage has been repaired, one wall on the inside remains the same with 100 bullet holes. This has been left by the Church on purpose with a clear message, “We will forgive you but we will never forget.”

Three.

Formally home to one of the country’s largest Jewish populations, until they were exiled or annihilated. A plaque in front of what was a Synagogue remains, on the same street as the Cathedral. How was it made possible that a Synagogue and Church shared the same street several hundred meters apart? There was one clause, the Cathedral had to be taller than the Synagogue. The Cathedral is still one of the largest buildings in Osijek towering over 90m in height.
Four.
So, the most expensive benches in the country live right here in the city
centre and they cost 7,000euros. In this region of Croatia, this kind of money is a life changer. Why on earth would the council approve of such a waste of money?  So that it’s people knew what it was like to sit on a lot of money.  Whatever.
Here’s a pic of my cousins sitting on 7,000euros and walking away with no other feeling other than what we are having for lunch. They go McDonalds by the way, which ironically is a luxury in Croatia.

Five.

    This Baroque style city has 17 parks and is the greenest city in  Croatia.

Unfortunately I can’t justify this with my pictures because it snowed while I was there. The most expensive street, Europska Avenije, was built by the Jews and the there is also a clause on the architecture of these homes which remain the same as when they were first built.

Six.

Nicknamed ‘The Uni City,’ one in five people in Osijek are students from neighbouring cities and countries.

Seven.

The most expensive Hotel in Osijek? Hotel Osijek where the best room with the best view (apparently on a sunny day you can see as far as Vukovar) will set you back 100euros.  The Hotel also overlooks the drava (river) which separates two countys in the city.
If you have a couple hours to spare, send the guys at Putovanja Slavonijom an email and organise a private tour. They are licensed local guides with extensive knowledge of this wonderful underrated city.

 

 
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2 Responses
  • Sarah Bellard
    March 22, 2017

    Osijek looks so pretty!!

  • Sara
    June 14, 2017

    osijek <3

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