This is the part where the magnificent church organs used to stand and the choir. This is all what was left. Many of my friends from abroad have ask, why the churches, what was the point of such demolishings? The answer is simple and ruthless, by destructing of the culture, traditions and religion of an nation the conquerer could denying its...more
The interior part of the church looks very depressing, all what one could feel is deep sadness and infidelity that this could be done by the humans. In the history of the world, during many wars, the churches used to be a shelter and salvation for the civilians, oftenly even the hospitals. In the 1991 war Christian churches were the favour targets.more
Partly reconstructed inner part of the church which was completely demolished. There is an exibition in the church which shows the look of it before 1991, in 1991, what was found in 1997 and the present roconstructions.When the sacral objects becoming military targets then those who gave such an orders couldn't be considered as normal human beings.more
On this photo you can see the interiors of the church and the monastery before the demolishing in 1991. Vukovar used to be very rich diocese and the locals usually like to show it by the look of their churches. The interiors of the Church of St. Filip and Jakov was richly adorned, as it could be seen from the photo.more
The bell tower was completely demolished during the seage of the town, being one of the most favour targets for the Serbian artillery. When I saw this bells in the monastery yard it remainds me on Hemingway's book....., sad example of human stupidity never ending.more
The front side of the church, dedicated to saints Philipe and Jacob is reconstructed aswell as a part of the monastery walls. The idea is to reconstruct the whole complex as it was before the demolishing in 1991. The interiors is still in the ruins a it takes alot of works to bring it in the previous conditions.more
Since the 1948 Eltz castle was the home of Museum of Vukovar. The museum had four very important collections: Vukovar collection, Arts Gallery, Lavoslav Ruzicka collection and Recent History collection. Probably because Eltz castle was a symbol of Central European culture whose part Croatia was, it was one of the main targets for Serbian army...more
We took a tour around the town, led by my friend who grew up in Vukovar and lived there through most of the war. I think it is a good idea to try to see things from both the perspective of the Croats and the Serbs who live in Vukovar - because as said by others, Vukovar was and still is a multi-ethnic town. And people of both nationalities lost...more
It is painful to walk through the streets of central Vukovar. But it's not that nothing has been reconstructed. Mainly people's houses were reconstructed, and this was the priority. The problem is - you need work in order to live a normal life. Unemployment in Vukovar is still very high and many people are not returning here because they have a job...more
Au bord du Danube, à 150 mètres de l'hotel Dunav, terrasses, pergola, on y rencontre des locaux, plutôt agés, qui boivent et mangentambiance familiale. On ne parle pas Français (rarement dans ce coin de Croatie). On parle assez bien l'Anglais. Poisson, poisson et encore poisson, brochet excellent, bien cuit, copieux, arrosé (avec modération) de...more
Au bord du Danube, à 150 mètres de l'hotel Dunav, terrasses, pergola, on y rencontre des locaux, plutôt agé, qui boivent et mangentambiance familiale. On ne parle pas Français (rarement dans ce coin de Croatie). On parle assez bien l'Anglais. Poisson, poisson et encore poisson, brochet excellent, bien cuit, copieux, arrosé (avec modération) de vin...more
Au bord du Danube, à 150 mètres de l'hotel Dunav, terrasses, pergola, on y rencontre des locaux, plutôt agé, qui boivent et mange,ambiance familiale. On ne parle pas Français (rarement dans ce coin de Croatie). On parle assez bien l'Anglais. Poisson, poisson et encore poisson, brochet excellent, bien cuit, copieux, arrosé (avec modération) de vin...more
Arka is a converted river barge, permanently moored on the river Danube adjacent to the Hotel Dunav in Vukovar. As well as serving as the passenger terminal for visitng river cruisers, it has been tranformed in to an amazing multi-purpose entertainment centre.
You can sit on the terrace in comfort and watch the ducks swimming by or hear the splash of fish jumping for food, then you can sit in a tasteful restaurant offering a variety of local and international dishes, with equally wonderful local wines. The food is simply the best and inexpensive. A warm ambience with excellent service.
If you want to enjoy a game of pool or play darts or watch sports then below decks is the Sports bar, offering everything for all age groups, and finally on a Saturday night there is a trendy night club open from 10pm to 6am.
For Vukovar this experience is welcomed.
You can easily reach Vukovar by car, bus or train. By car:If you're arriving by car then leave the A3 highway at Zupanja exit and just take the road to Vukovar via Vinkovci. Useful websites: Croatian automobile club: www.hak.hrCroatian highways: www.hac.hrBy bus:There are direct buses to Vukovar from Zagreb, as well as from Osijek or Vinkovci....more
It is in the Serbian custom and tradition to built homes for the deaths. Usually it is small house or single room filled with memories of the deceased. It is custom to bring food and drinks when visiting the cemetery and "share" it with the one who is missing. This tomb onthe picture shows the wellfare of the family.more
Vukovarci. That is the word for people from Vukovar. If you arrive here only for a few hours or even days, you might think they are somewhat reserved, cold, distant.... Even us arriving from different parts of Croatia are seen as mere War Tourists, coming to Vukovar to experience the consequences of the war we saw only on TV. Vukovarci experienced...more
The patron-saint of Vukovar was Saint Bono, a martyr killed by Roman emperor Galien in 1st Century. The body of Saint Bono were brought to Vukovar from Rome on June 23rd, 1754. They were sent by Pope Benedictus XIV 'To help heal the souls of people in Slavonia and Srijem'. The remains of the body of St. Bono were kept in the treasury of the church...more
When you see such a warning, PAZI MINE, should respect it very strictly, there are still a lot of mines and bombs left in the area of the town. Vukovar is in a way a Croatin Stalingrad, there was a severe battle here in 1991. The seage of the town lasted several months and all this area was "showered" with the bombs, few thousands of bombs were...more
Please do not enter the destroyed buildings. Some parts of them have such a big structural damage that it is very dangerous to go inside. Plus, inside might be unexploded mines. The surrounding areas of Vukovar are potential mine fields. If you see sign saying MINE respect it! Even if it is only a suspictious area do not be the one who will test it...more
Since the civil war in former Yugoslavia started, Vukovar was a city among the first ones which was attacked. Serbian soldiers attacked Vukovar, and still today 2010 you can see memories from the stupid and crazy war. I saw so many damaged buildngs and ome still have holes after the ammuniation from the Serbian soldiers. But let us hope that the...more
The Castle of Erdut looks more alike mannor or summer villa but two towers at the corners of the building give it the castle look alike. The castle was built in the beginning of the 19th century by the noble family Adamovic from Cepin. Later on it become a property of Cseh family, who during Hapsburg rule were governors of Srijem province.Erdut is...more
When the Serb forces took control of Vukovar on November 19th, 1991 one of the worst crimes happenned in Vukovar's hospital. After being attacked by hundreds of bombs the only working part of the hospital was its basement, with approximately 400 wounded patients, soldiers and hospital staff. They were to be evacuated from Vukovar according to the...more
The monument on Ovcara is so simple, so small and so strong at the same time to touch everyone's heart. From the main road you have to take small road that passes through Ovcara farm, near the pig farm building. Then it leads straight to the fields. You are surrounded only by Slavonian plains and fields. You literally feel as this is the end. As it...more
Reconstructed school is waiting for the first students in the school year 2002/2003. It was totally demolished in 1991 during the Serbian agression. Every reconstructed building is rising hopes that life could be established again as it was before 1991. I know it sounds pathetic but this people here suffered alot and aren't much confident regarding...more
Sixteen years after the Vukovar tragedy, the feel is bitter. No one was charged for the destruction of the whole town. No one was charged for the thousands of people that were killed, wounded or disappeared. The accusations of genocide were cleared off charges. The only people found guilty of the whole Vukovar tragedy were two generals of the...more