Travel Destinations: Bjelovar, Croatia

Lian Slayford By Lian Slayford, 16th Feb 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article explores the town of Bjelovar in Croatia as a great travel destination.

Travel Destinations: Bjelovar, Croatia

Travel Destinations: Bjelovar, Croatia

In Croatia, you will find hidden gems of unsurpassed beauty, amazing historical sites and interesting cultural attractions. The town of Bjelovar, located 74km (46 miles) east of Zagred, the capital, is well worth the detour as you make your way towards Osijek.

Bjelovar has a long and interesting history. In the 15th century, it was mentioned as a settlement and you can still see the history as you approach her. One of the loveliest town centres in Croatia is here, known as the Trg Eugenia Kvaternika. Before it was built up, the town centre was once just pasture of livestock. Today, it has lovingly laid flowerbeds, pine trees and a quaint bandstand, all surrounded by four statues of different saints which were created in the 1770s. In addition to this, it is a memorial to over 100 Slavonian residents who died in the Yugoslav war.

The best time to wander here is in the morning as Croatia’s largest and busiest outdoor markets, Setaliste Dr. Ives Lebovica, gets in full swing. You will find rows and rows of stalls selling fruit, vegetables and beautiful flowers.

Another great attraction to visit is the Crvka svetog Terezija Avilske (Church of Saint Theresa of Avila). This stunning church was built in 1772 and can be found on the south side of the main square. The baroque façade is yellow with age and is a fusion of different architectural periods and has several false white columns and volutes (spirals) attached to it. It is simply charming in appearance and a good location to take some photographs.

There are several festivals that are held each year in Bjelovar. In June, the town holds the annual Terezijana Theresa’s Days. They townspeople put on a stage production of Maria Theresa’s visit as well as other stage and musical productions.

Bjelovar has few cultural attractions to visit in town. However, if you go outside town, you will find some interesting places to visit. About 40km (25 miles) southeast of Bjelovar is the town Daruvar which the Romans called Aquae Balissae. It is one of the loveliest places in Croatia to relax and soak in the atmosphere. The main attraction to visit here is the spa, Daruvarske Toplice, which was built between 1810 and 1818. It was built on the foundations of the ancient baths the Romans established centuries ago. It is said that the warm waters here are good for treating different types of ailments.


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