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Klanjec - General info

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  • Klanjec
  • Klanjec

Klanjec, the small town of great and noble people, rich in history and tradition, is located at the foot of Cesarska gora hill along the river Sutla, by the Slovenian border. The town of Klanjec is mentioned in written documents for the first time in the mid-15th century, although it's believed that it is much older because it was meant to defend the castle of Cesargrad, whose written traces date back to the 14th century. The name of the town derives from its geographical location − at the entrance to the Zelenjak Gorge. The town is full of amenities and details, beautiful nature and architecture. Throughout history, Klanjec had the status of a marketplace as early as the 16th century, and in the 19th century, it has become the center of a sub-county and district. The Erdödy noble family, which ruled the region for more than four centuries, gave the town most of its picturesqueness and modernity! The castle Novi Dvori Cesargradski, although partially destroyed today, is one of the most significant castles in the Croatian Zagorje. The Franciscan monastery with the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the 17th century in the picturesque Antun Mihanović Square, in whose crypts two of the restored sarcophagus of the Erdödy family can be seen today, is a legacy of immense importance. The town of Klanjec is the birthplace of famous artists and scientists. Among them are Dr. Ivan Broz and Franjo Iveković, authors of the first Croatian dictionary, then Otto Iveković, a great painter of Croatian history, the famous sculptor Antun Augustinčić whose masterpiece sculpture "Peace" adorns the lobby of the UN building in New York. The author of the Croatian anthem Antun Mihanović also spent a significant amount of his life in this town. Numerous associations carry his name in honor of him. Not far from the town square, next to the City Library and Reading Room and the Cultural Center, you will find modern buildings dedicated to art − the Antun Augustinčić Gallery surrounded by a beautiful sculpture park and the Antun Augustinčić Gallery Studio. For more information about the town of Klanjec, visit: http://www.klanjec.hr/

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