Southeast placed in the "Golden Valley", which the Romans called Vallis aureae, surrounded by Slavonian mountains ring Psunj, Papuk, Dilj and Krndija, Požega has been through the centuries the most important center of population in western Slavonia. It is the center of the Pozega-Slavonia County and the Diocese of Požega.
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Pozega very early became the seat of a large estate, a medieval town became the center of trade, craft, administrative, military and religious functions for the wider countryside. Pozega County is mentioned for the first time as early 1210th and 1232nd parish year. Development of administrative functions is of particular importance to Pozega, while a large contribution to this development given the monastic orders - especially the Franciscans, Dominicans, Jesuits and Paulines. Sacred monuments, the distinctive old town, which is "rounded" especially in the Baroque period, Pozega gives charm to one of the most beautiful cities in the north.

Pozega through the centuries, even in times of heavy burdens of Turkish rule (the 1537th-1688th), a functional center of a rich agricultural region. However, of particular importance was the development of trade and crafts. This is especially true for the period of the Baroque 18th and postbaroknog 19th century, when life Pozega dominated associations of merchants and craftsmen (guilds). Surrounding natural resources, such as agriculture, viticulture, forestry, mineral wealth, etc., allow in Pozega during the 19th century and the emergence of the manufacturing of larger workshops, as well as industry.

Pozega county again became the center in early 1993. , and behold in the fall of 1997. and the headquarters of the new diocese. Pozega county now has about 120 000 inhabitants, and dioceses, and more. Old intersection and people, which is somewhat lost by pulling Podravina, especially posavskog modern traffic direction, yet still gets the value. Pozega is only one.

Governing the City has (according to census 2001.) 28 201 inhabitants, except the Pozega and includes a large number of surrounding suburbs and smaller villages. Within city has 20 943 inhabitants.

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Pozega is a city with a long and rich history. History in this region begins in Roman times, when Požega labeled Vallis Aurea or "Golden Valley", a major Roman settlement Incerum was in her heart. Studies have shown the existence of a prehistoric life. Pozega, as we know it today, begins to take shape in the Middle Ages. Old požeški burg built probably in the 11th century. It was a šesterokutnoj found located on a hill in the center.

Pozega 1221st (Požeški burg in the Middle Ages) Today is a hill between Pozega regiment known as the 'old town'. Pozega was once the residence of the Croatian-Hungarian queen, and as such is exempt from the ban and county jurisdiction. Although from the time of obtaining a certificate of status of the Royal Borough is not preserved, Civitas, the citizens have enjoyed the privileges equal to those in the free royal cities. The official status of free royal town Pozega gets 1765th

Pozega which has retained its medieval street layout. It speaks of a very rich and developed the life of the medieval Pozega, which becomes the center of the church, government, commercial, military and other positions, the surrounding region. Pozega county mentioned 1210th year, the city is 1227th referred to as "Castrum de Posega '. Of the important medieval monuments, due to Turkish invasions were only preserved church of Sts. Lawrence (the first mention 1303.g.) with Gothic frescoes and the church of St. Spirit, which dates from 1285 (From the 1573rd to 1688.g. served as a mosque). It still does represent an extremely rich cultural and confirmation of cultural and historical continuity and life of the city since the Middle Ages to the present day. 1537th Pozega under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Pozega and this has great significance as a center Požega sanjak, administrative and military center of Slavonia. 1688th Fra Luka Sokol Ibrišimović Požegu released by the Turks. During this period, developing Pozega what is know today. The city came under the rule of the Habsburgs. Medieval town basically adds a rich Baroque appearance. Renewed Pozega County, Jesuits Gymnasium (1699.), The fifth oldest in Croatia, and the oldest in present-day Slavonia. 1763rd was built and today the Cathedral of St.. Teresa of Avila. His contribution to the cathedral to its wall paintings was made by famous painters and Celestin Medović Oton Iveković. Because many scientist and writer who gave the Pozega Croatia, and a number of cultural institutions and monuments, Pozega Slavonia was called Athens. Particularly fruitful was the XVIII. and XIX.stoljeće. Renowned painter and writer Matko Peić said Association has many literary and cultural figures that we can talk about Požega literature. In the 19th century declining importance of Pozega in favor of Osijek, Slavonski Brod placed the favorable positions of traffic along the Sava and Drava river, at the time the key factors for building the first railway. the 20th century, going to mass settlement of Pozega population in Herzegovina, Lika, Dalmatia and Gorski Kotar and Zagorje and end of the century mostly refugees from Bosnia. Descendants of these immigrants now make up the majority of the population Požega. Since 1921. until 1991. the city bears the name of Pozega Slavonia to distinguish it from Pozega Serbia. 1993rd After calming the situation in the region renewed Pozega-Slavonia, initially embracing Našice and associated sites, following the merger of Nasice Osijek-Baranja county formed its present appearance of the county.

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Bishop's Palace - for its monumentality, it is now one of the largest and most representative of the Episcopal Palace in Croatia. Although the additions 1904th lost its main feature of the Baroque it still contains elements of periods of 13 to 20 century.

Church of St. Lawrence - the oldest church built in Pozega early 14th century in the city center. One-nave Gothic church with a narrower and lower sanctuary, which was concluded with a polygonal pillars.

The Franciscan monastery with the Church of the Holy Spirit - is considered to be a church and monastery built in the time of King Ladislaus IV. About 1285, Mr. Church was first dedicated to St. Demetrius says that a document from 1317, which among other things states that the monastery and the church burned 1305th g. When the Turks conquered Požegu 1537th, destroying the monastery, a church converted into a mosque called "Šerklot. Therefore, the church preserved and somewhat late Romanesque, Gothic and Ottoman architecture.

Cathedral of St. Theresa of Avila - Pozega cathedral interior is decorated in a playful style of the Baroque and Rococo. Church dominates the main altar of St.. Teresa that his is a rare example of monumental Baroque-Rococo units in Croatia. He gave him the consecrated Bishop Francis Thauszy during the consecration of the church.

Palace Pozega county - the building was constructed in the spirit of historicism, which recognizes the rich decoration of the facade, the application of pilasters, capitals, cornices, towers with three domes.

Holy Trinity Square with its Baroque houses and kužnim saw - a symbol of the monument to St. Pozega. Holy Trinity Square. Trinity

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The song is in Slavonia always with much love and pride Šokac passed down from generation to generation.
The first festival was held in 1969. entitled "Music Festival of Slavonia. With Opatija, Zagreb, Split and Krapina Pozega has become a festival city. To 1981. The festival of Pozega performed the most famous names of former Yu scene but also the countries of Southeast Europe.

Although the Festival is not maintained in the period since 1981. to 1990. , the song is like a century-old vine vine roots in the nation.

Thanks to the tenants of Golden Valley - famous Kutjevačko-Pozega-Pleternica vineyards and enthusiasts and lovers of the tambura song, titled "Golden Strings of Slavonia, 1990. at a crowded square in St. Trinity in Pozega again hosted the tambura.

Today, the festival became a four-day event with more than 40,000 visitors. The song, wines, food variety, concerts, exhibitions, sports competitions, folklore and other events, and slowly Požegu Golden Valley classified the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia in September, the month the beginning of the grape harvest.

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An important reason for the designation of the mountain Papuk nature park is as it preserved the characteristics of animate and inanimate nature, characteristic of the central Slavonia. It is indisputable that a large part of the natural and the cultivated area with a distinct aesthetic, ecological, educational, cultural, historical, tourist and recreational values.

Peculiarities Papuk represent an important segment of biological and landscape values ​​of the region of Slavonia. Exceptional relief characteristics reveal a turbulent geological history of development of this area. The diversity of geological phenomena, well-preserved flora and vegetation and habitats of a number of animal species, an asset should be scientifically investigated, improved and protected from the harmful effects for those people who have yet to live here.

Jankovac is one of the most beautiful mountain valleys on the northern slopes of Papuk, surrounded by centuries-old beech forest. This famous mountain resort of exceptional natural beauty, declared in 1955. vol. protected park - trees. Mountain Lodge at Jankovac is one of the finest mountain homes in Croatia.

Park Nature Park offers great possibilities for recreation and is the perfect place for vacation. This primarily refers to climbing, nature walks that are attractive in all seasons. Due to the height of the peaks Papuk to 1000 m can hike all, regardless of age. Over the summer, are available for spas, swimming pools with thermal water will refresh you on hot summer days.
Lovers of snow and winter sports will be able to have fun on the ski slopes "Nevoljaš.

Listed medieval towns are within the boundaries of the Park Nature Park. Moving from east to west, near the town of Orahovica, is best preserved and most beautiful old fortified town, not only in Slavonia, but in and through Croatia - Ruzica city.

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