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Osijek

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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To the far East of the country, Osijek stretched on the right river bank of the Drava, 18.5 miles from the Hungarian border. With its 104,000 inhabitants, this is the capital of Slavonia. The city was founded in the 7th century, in place of the Roman city of Mursa. During the 16th and 17th centuries it was occupied by the Turks. Nowadays, Osijek is more of an industrial city. By sheer luck, its historical areas have been protected. If you walks down the long avenue of Europe, you will notice imposing buildings. These are ancient grand houses that belonged to rich merchants. The citadel is another of the city's interesting sites. It is from this site that the city of Osijek developed. In the past, there were three gates to the city. Today, only one remains, the Water Gate, that, as its name indicates, opens on to the Drava. Outside of the citadel, go to the King Tomislav gardens, also known as "the colonel garden", or to the King Pater-Kresimir IV Park, particularly blossoming in Spring. Finally, another interesting site, the Museum of Slavonia, where you will discover a particularly interesting ethnological collection.

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