The main square
Location of Slavonski Brod in Croatia
|Coordinates: 45°10′N 18°01′E / 45.167°N 18.017°ECoordinates: 45°10′N 18°01′E / 45.167°N 18.017°E|
|• Mayor||Dr. Mirko Duspara (Ind.)|
|• City||50.27 km2 (19.41 sq mi)|
|Elevation||92 m (302 ft)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Slavonski Brod (pronounced [slǎv̞ɔ̝ːnskiː brɔ̝̂ːd]) is a city in eastern Croatia, with a population of 59,000 in 2011. Located in the region of Slavonia, it is the centre of Brod-Posavina County, and a river port on the Sava river.
Among the names historically in use: Marsonia in the Roman Empire, Brood (in Slavonien) in the German speaking Austrian period, Brod na Savi after 1934.
The city is located 197 kilometres (122 miles) southeast of Zagreb and at an elevation of 96 metres (315 feet). It developed at the strategically important crossing over the Sava river toward Brod in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bosnian city was called Bosanski Brod until 2009.
Slavonski Brod is an important intersection of the Posavina part of the highway and a railway junction, since it is located on the highway linking Zagreb–Lipovac–Belgrade (E70, A3) and the Zagreb–Vinkovci–Belgrade railway. The ship port "Brod" on the Sava river is under construction.
There is also a new modern highway under construction, on the Pan-European Corridor Vc, which will connect Northern Europe and Hungary with Croatia (through the region of Slavonia), and Bosnia and Herzegovina with Croatia (through the coastal region of Dalmatia). The alignment of this highway is approximately at a 19 km (12 mi) distance from the center of the town. With the completion of this route, the area of the town Slavonski Brod will become one of the major highway intersections in this part of Europe connecting directions West-East and North-South.
The following settlements comprise the administrative area of Slavonski Brod:
- Brodski Varoš, population 2,035
- Podvinje, population 3,575
- Slavonski Brod, population 53,531
of Slavonski Brod
|Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, DZS, Zagreb, 2005|
A favorable geographical location, pleasant continental climate, fertile soil and vicinity of the river Sava have all resulted with the city being inhabited since a prehistoric age.
The northeastern part of the city, at Galovo, recently revealed a rich deposit of the Starčevo culture, dating in the Early Stone Age. Besides the fact that this is the largest architectural finding in northern Croatia, it proves that the locality of Brod has been inhabited for at least 8,000 years.
The first historical settlement in Brod dates from Roman times, the settlement being known as Marsonia. It is still disputed whether Marsonia was a postal station, lodging for the night or an actual settlement.
The Peutinger map refers to Marsonia as Marsonie, while the work "Notitia dignitatum" has Marsonia under the name of "Auxilia Ascaria Tauruno sive Marsonia". The issue of Marsonia becoming a city has been tackled by the publishers of Ptolemy's geography, dating from the 16th century. The first geographer who located the position of Marsonia at the locality of Brod was Abraham Ortelius, who, in his atlas Theatrum orbis terrarum (Antwerpen 1590) published a map, the objective of which was to reconstruct and connect the antic names of Panonian and Illyric settlements with the towns of that time. It was he who placed Marsonia at the today's locality of Brod.
The aforementioned Peutinger's table clearly shows that Marsonia initially existed next to the Sava river, at the place where the Roman road crossed the river. The first Croatian expert, claiming that the Roman MARSVNNIA was located where Brod is now is Matija Petar Katančić, giving this assertion additional support.
Before the Yugoslav breakup
The Slavs inhabited the city in the 6th century. The name of the town is mentioned for the first time in Bela IV of Hungary's charter, dated 1224. The Vukovac fortress was built in the 15th century, damaged by the Turks. The Ottoman Empire controlled the settlement from 1536 until 1691, when it passed in the Empire of Austria, as confirmed by the Treaty of Karlowitz in 1699. Until 1918, Brod (named Brood before 1850) remained in the Austrian monarchy (Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia after the compromise of 1867), in the Slavonian Military Frontier, under the administration of the Brooder Grenz-Infanterie-Regiment N°VII until 1881. A huge Vauban type fortress was built east of Vukovac.
Next to its defending role, the city saw development of crafts and trade. The education and culture were strongly dominated by the Franciscans. The 20th century was a period of strong economic growth of the city, with the 1920s being called "the Golden Age of Brod". The city's current name dates from 1934 when it was changed from Brod na Savi.
From 1941 to 1945 the city was part of the Independent State of Croatia. The town was heavily bombed by the Allies in 1944 and 1945. The bombing resulted in damage to 80% of the buildings in Slavonski Brod. The bombing resulted in 897 civilian deaths, 244 military deaths, 208 wounded civilians, and 28 military wounded in Slavonski Brod and Bosanski Brod.
In 1990, democratic reforms legalized the forming of political parties, other than the League of Communists of Croatia. In Slavonski Brod, the first parties formed were the Croatian Democratic Union and the Croatian Democratic Party.
The city's economy is based on farming, viticulture, fruit growing, metal-processing, timber (furniture wood, parquetry), textiles (ready-made), leather, foodstuffs (brewery), building material (lime), and printing industries.
Slavonski Brod is also home to some of the most important metal companies in Southeastern Europe, the Djuro Djakovic consortium, consisting of a number of factories producing very diverse products, mainly for export. The consortium is capable of producing: locomotives, tramways, wagons, bridges, industrial plants, nuclear reactors, car parts, heavily armed vehicles, armoured fighting vehicles, including main battle tanks and mine warfare vehicles, agricultural machinery, etc.
The Brod Fortress from the Baroque period, was constructed during the Austro-Hungarian Empire to serve as a stronghold against the Ottoman Empire, which was situated on the other bank of the Sava river. It is in the Vauban style, named after one of the best European experts in the building of fortifications in 17th and 18th centuries. It is one of Europe's best preserved fortresses, and also one of the biggest on the former Austro-Hungarian Military Frontier. In a way, it is the continental obverse of Diocletian's Palace in Split, by its monumentality.
The city's Franciscan monastery dates from the 18th century, and is also Baroque in style, with exceptional architecture, especially of the church yard, and monastery church interior, with its beautiful altar and paintings. In 1720, a faculty of philosophy was opened here.
The most important annual cultural event in the town is the children's festival 'In the World of the Fairy Tales of Writer Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić', in April and May. The Brodsko kolo, an annual show of original folklore, is held in mid-June, while the Festival of Patriotic Folk Songs takes place in May. The artistic 'Sava' colony\ cherishes the tradition of watercolour painting.
One of the attractions of Slavonski Brod is a beautiful central town square, one of the two or three biggest in all of Croatia, Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić square, named after a popular children's writer, whose house is on the square. This square is also home to numerous cultural events and has a perfect view of the beautiful Sava river. The square is also dotted with galleries, book stores, cafes, night clubs, shops etc., which make it perfect place for entertainment. Close to the square, another attraction is the romantic promenade next to the Sava river - 'Kej' as it is called by citizens of town.
Slavonski Brod is home to monuments to bishop Josip Stadler and Croatia's first president Franjo Tuđman. Slavonski Brod and its rail station are featured in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express as the place near which the Orient Express breaks down.
Slavonski Brod has very developed educational institutions in pre-school, primary, secondary and high education.
The city also hosts the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Osijek University, and the Primary School Teacher Training College. Some other faculties are expected to be opened soon. In October 2006. associate-degree college has been founded with several other faculties.
In the immediate surroundings of the town there are interesting hunting grounds (Migalovci), fishponds (Jelas Polje), and a lake (Petnja). There are pleasant orchards and vineyards, Dilj mountain (or 'Dilj Gora'), and swimming opportunities.
|Climate data for Slavonski Brod (1971–2000, extremes 1963–2014)|
|Record high °C (°F)|| 19.4
|Average high °C (°F)|| 3.5
|Daily mean °C (°F)|| −0.2
|Average low °C (°F)|| −3.8
|Record low °C (°F)|| −27.8
|Average precipitation mm (inches)|| 47.3
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||12.0||11.1||12.1||13.4||12.5||13.8||10.4||10.1||9.7||11.0||12.4||13.7||142.2|
|Average snowy days (≥ 1.0 cm)||11.2||7.3||1.8||0.2||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||2.7||7.4||30.6|
|Average relative humidity (%)||87.1||80.9||73.1||72.0||73.6||74.7||73.7||75.6||79.6||82.4||86.3||88.6||79.0|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||55.8||90.4||142.6||174.0||223.2||237.0||269.7||254.2||189.0||130.2||66.0||49.6||1,881.7|
|Source: Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service|
Twin towns — Sister cities
Slavonski Brod is twinned with:
- Celje, Slovenia
- "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Slavonski Brod". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
- Not to be confused with Brod na Kupi, in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.
- Treasures of Yugoslavia, published by Yugoslaviapublic, Beograd, available in English, German and Serbo-Croatian, 664 pages, 1980
- Handbook of Austria and Lombardy-Venetia Cancellations on the Postage Stamp Issues 1850-1864, by Edwin MUELLER, 1961.
- Saša Kosanović (27 January 2004). "Ne može se utvrditi koliko su Hrvata ubili saveznici" [It cannot be determined how many Croats were killed by the Allies]. Nacional (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
- Saveznička bombardiranja Slavonskog i Bosanskog Broda i okolnih mjesta tijekom Drugog svjetskog rata
- Demokratske promjene u općini Slavonski Brod (1990.)
- Memorial to Josip Stadler unveiled
- Monument to Franjo Tuđman in the centre of Slavonski Brod unveiled
- "Slavonski Brod Climate Normals" (PDF). Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
- "Mjesečne vrijednosti za Slavonski Brod u razdoblju1963−2014" (in Croatian). Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
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