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The turbulent past at the crossroads of cultural circles, burdened with position on the border, influenced the architecture of our region. There are few remains from the Middle Ages due to the many wars and the use of wood as the main building material. However, there are some very beautiful and important historic buildings worth visiting and better acquainted with.


Do you know what aircraft carriers looked like in the Baroque era?
The question sounds strange, but the equivalent of aircraft carriers (both financially and strategically) was at that time an artillery fortress. And one of the most preserved fortresses of that time is located in Slavonski Brod.
Brod Fortress or the popular Festung, whose construction began in 1715 at the behest of Prince Eugene of Savoy, has monumental dimensions and seems unreal in contrast to the modern center of Slavonski Brod, being in its immediate vicinity. The fort was built for 60 years, had a capacity of 5,000 soldiers, and was successfully used to deter the Ottomans from returning to Slavonia. If you decide to visit it - and you will need only a 5-minute stroll from the main town square - you will find endless corridors through bastions, curtain walls, Cavaliers ... (if you don't know what all this means don't worry - info boards will edify you). A visit to the state-of-the-art contemporary art gallery is also mandatory since it includes a collection of works by the renowned sculptor Branko Ružić as well as a unique museum of tambourines (what else to expect in Slavonia ?!). But Festung is the most beautiful in summer when concerts are held.

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fortress Festung

The Franciscan monastery in Slavonski Brod

This building, located on the banks of the Sava River, whose construction began in the first half of the 18th century, is only a few minutes' walk from the city centre - along a beautifully arranged promenade along the river.
The monastery was built for a long time, almost 70 years, because of its specific financing method. This Baroque pearl was built (as well as the famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona) solely by voluntary contributions from citizens. Throughout history, it has had a strong influence on the spirit and the culture of the city (an extremely valuable old library that houses several incunabula), while today many concerts are held in it. From the outside, the building looks modest, but the baroque splendour of the interior will leave you breathless. The cloister (square courtyard) of the monastery is considered to be one of the most representative examples of Baroque architecture in Croatia.
After visiting the fortress and the monastery, you have got to look for refreshment in one of the city restaurants that this city is widely known for.

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The Franciscan monastery in Slavonski Brod - cloister


The Franciscan monastery in Cernik

Cernik is an unusual place north of Nova Gradiška. Although small in population, it houses as many as two of the five most representative historic buildings in our county. During the Ottomans it was the centre of Sanjak (Turkish administrative unit). Historians have mentioned that there were as many as 20 mosques in it. At that time, however, a Franciscan parish was founded there with the purpose to defend Christianity in those parts. The construction of the monastery began after the annexation of Slavonia to the motherland (at about the same time as the construction of the Brod monastery), and ended in the mid-18th century with the construction of the monumental church of St. Peter within the monastery complex. In addition to the lavishly decorated interior, you will also find an interesting bible museum, a library, and an excellent archaeological-paleontological collection of exhibits from this area.

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samostan u Cerniku 

Kulmer's castle

This well-preserved building, together with the monastery, dominates Cernik. The castle was built in the 18th century, on the foundations of a medieval castle where the seat of military administration was located during the Ottoman rule. The old castle was demolished by the Austrian army after the liberation of Slavonia, fearing a return of the Turks. It has had several owners and unfortunately it is not open to the public today. You will enjoy walking through the lovely parkland surrounding this Baroque castle (which, despite the year of construction, retained the Renaissance square floor plan of the previous building, enclosed courtyard and four round towers at the corners). You will undoubtedly be attracted to the monumental model of the Cernik region, displayed in the immediate vicinity, in front of the primary school. Obviously, when you are in Cernik, you will not miss to taste top quality wines from local winemakers!

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Kulmer's castle


Church of Our Lady of Cloister

There are few architectural monuments from the Middle Ages in Slavonia. The reason is the predominance of wood as the main building material of that time in Slavonia but, of course, numerous war devastations as well. That is why we thought that this beautiful building, whose core was built by the Franciscans in the 13th century at the site of an even older Templar shrine, should be included in the list. Later on the church was baroqueized, which increased its attractiveness. This charming building, today restored to its full splendour, is located 3 km from the centre of Slavonski Kobaš, on the plateau in the middle of the cemetery, on the bank of the river Orljava and only 1 km from its estuary into the Sava River. It is a beautiful sight, with the Bosnian mountain Motajica in the background. It is especially solemn at the shrine on August 14 and 15, during the Feast of the Assumption, when it is visited by tens of thousands of believers.

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Church of Our Lady of Cloister