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April 2016 – Travelling the Danube River through Croatia
We departed the cruise ship in Vukovar for a day tour of Croatia. Near the river is a memorial to the many who died in the recent Balkan War, when Yugoslavia split up.
Jesuits laid the foundation stone in 1725 for the Church of Saint Michael in Osijek. It was built during Ottoman period and it was finished in 1768. In 1991, during the Croatian War of Independence the church was damaged, but in 1999 it was renovated.
Street scene in Osijek.
Soon after their arrival in Osijek, Franciscan monks built their first church near the Suleiman-han mosque. It was relatively small and built with old wood. The corner stone for a new and larger church (Church of the Holy Cross) was consecrated in 1709 and it was completed in 1732. The reformist Habsburg Emperor Joseph II kicked the Franciscans out of Osijek in 1783, and they had to wait until 1938 to get their property back.
View of the beautiful furnishings inside the Church of the Holy Cross.
In the church garden area is a crucifix which was made from made of bullet casings and other war materials.
Osijek was restored to western rule in 1687 when the Ottoman Turks were ousted and the city was occupied by the Habsburg Empire. Between 1712 and 1715, the Austrian authorities built a new fortress, outer walls and all five planned bastions in the heart of the town. The place where the fortress stands has much history. The Roman 7th legion which maintained a military colony and a bridge over the river Drava back in 131 AD. In the 1500’s the Ottoman Turks had a thriving city at that place.
In the heart of Osijek is a memorial to the plague victims in the middle ages.
One of the highlights was eating lunch in the home of a local family.
While visiting the Slavonia region of Croatia, we visited a shop which had costumes for the carnival season for Sokci people (related to Croats). The guide had lots of entertaining stories to tell about the history of the Sokci.
A Croatian quartet provided the evening entertainment on our cruise ship.
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