Djakovo cathedral is huge and dominates this otherwise low-rise town situated in Slavonian plains. This neo-romanesque building was built between 1862 and 1882 by Viennese architect Frederik Schmidt. For its building 7 millions bricks were used, while the stone decorations were brought here from abroad. It is interesting to note that the main...more
Inside the Cathedral is painted with frescoes showing the scenes from the Old Testament in the main nave and those from the New Testament in the cross nave. Alexander-Maximilian Seitz and his son Ludwig Seitz worked on the most important frescoes. Strossmayer managed to get many artists from abroad who worked on the decorations of the Cathedral,...more
The All Saints Church stands on the other side of Korzo and is surely one of the most interesting buildings in Slavonia. As you approach from the side of the Cathedral you notice nice 19th Century Classicist facade, but the real suprise comes as you look at the side facade. Then it is not hard to notice that this was actually originally built as a...more
Approximately at the middle of Korzo this two-storey building stands above other low houses that define the street. I don't know any details about it (surprise, surprise - but if anyone is interested I'll find out ;). It surely adds nice Art Nouveau touch to otherwise not-extremely-interesting architecture of Korzo.more
If you want to see locals and be seen then Korzo is a must street to walk up and down several times before settling in one of the lined cafe terraces to have coffee. This short pedestrian street starts just in front of the Cathedral and features dozens of cafes inviting you to relax and feel the slow and relaxed Slavonian tempo of living.more
While the bishop's courtyard belongs to bishop's court adjacent Bishop's Park is a public park designed in the 19th Century and protected as the monument of horticulture. It was interesting for me to discover palm trees carefully kept in the middle of Slavonia (that has cold continental climate so palms are not usually seen in this part of...more
Try to take a short peek into the courtyard of the Bishop's court. As usually with this kind of courtyards here we find small garden with peaceful places for reflection in the shades of monumental Cathedral. Monuments showing old bishops and Popes decorate the lawns and flower beds that are carefully kept tidy.more
Next to the Cathedral we find baroque Bishop's Court, built in the 18th century and extended in the 19th century. It proudly stands in the center of Djakovo as one of the most monumental buildings (not counting the Cathedral, of course) causing jealousy of otherwise much larger nearby Osijek that has no bishopry. Inside the Bishop's Court you can...more
POS was a nation-wide programme for social housing that was launched in 2000. The programme had strict standards and limited budget. The most important feature in architectural terms was that it always included architectural competitions, giving opportunities to many young architects. POS building in Djakovo was built in 2003, designed by three...more
By car: from the A3 highway (Zagreb - Lipovac, old number: A4) take exit Velika Kopanica, and then drive on the D7 road (direction Djakovo, Osijek) some 20 kilometres.
There are bus services from both Osijek and Slavonski Brod. The latter is easily reachable by numerous IC trains from Zagreb.
There is a train service on the Strizivojna - Osijek like, but trains are just few daily. Most IC trains stop at Strizivojna-Vrpolje station on the main Zagreb - Vinkovci railroad, which is some 20 kilometres away from Djakovo.
Djakovo region is one of the best wine-producing regions in continental Croatia, along Kutjevo and Ilok. In more than 400 hectares of wineyards in Mandinevac and Trnava grapes are grown from ancient times, but it wasn't untill bishop Strossmayer that the wine production was better organized.
What to buy: White wines: Grasevina, Rizling, Pinot bijeli, Rajnski rizling, Traminac, Sauvignon, Chardonnay.
Every first weekend in July Djakovo hosts annual folklore festival called "Djakovacki vezovi" - meaning literally Djakovo embroidery.
This is the most important folklore festival in the region of Slavonia and one of the most important in Croatia. During the several days the festival creates a great opportunity to see authentic clothes, hear old music and dance or see horses from the famous Djakovo Lippizaner stud farm.
Although Djakovo is not a real tourist centre there is a Tourist Office in center of town where you will find the usual range of free maps and brochures as well as postcards, books and souvenirs for sale.
They can also help you finding the accommodation in Djakovo or in the surroundings.
Fondest memory: Turisticka zajednica grada Djakova
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