Velika Gorica

Velika Gorica lies on the hilly part of Vukomerička gorica and the lowland of Turopolje. The entire area is rich in cultural and historical sights, dating back to prehistoric times, including sacral and ethnological monuments (wooden chapels and manors, archaeological site Andautonia (Ščitarjevo), the Lukavec Old Town and the valuable art collection on display in the Turopolje Museum).  

The entire area is also well known for its excellent cuisine offered in many restaurants and excursion sites around the town.

Roman heritage Šćitarjevo, a settlement 8 km northwest of Velika Gorica, is the home of many valuable and important archaeological sites. This is where Andautonia, the seat of an Illyrian tribe and a Roman municipality, used to be. The town was built in the shape of an irregular hexagon. Archaeologists found the remains of Roman buildings, thermal complex, roads, wall paintings, plastering featuring herbal decorations. They also found tools, tableware, glassware, jewellery, money from the period between the 1st and 4th centuries. Altar dedicated to the god of the River Sava was also found, along with reliefs. A relief featuring Nemesis might lead to a conclusion that Gladiator games were once held most probably in an amphitheatre made of wood. Stone monuments were found scattered around farmyards. In Velika Gorica region you’ll be able to see valuable monuments from later periods. In the town centre for example you can visit the so-called Turopolje grad. It is in fact a one-storey building square-shaped with a porch facing the park. It was built somewhere around the year 1765. This used to be the seat of ‘Aristocratic Turopolje Municipality’.

Turopolje is well renowned for its wooden architecture. Same elements and materials were used for public and sacral structures, along with rustic processing. The only difference was that church builders had a better chance of proving their craft, which resulted in a large number of true gems of sacral wooden architecture. The area also boasts unique examples of wooden manors. These wooden churches and chapels are the biggest achievement of folk Baroque architecture in north Croatia. A wooden chapel of St. Barbara in Velika Mlaka is the most attractive and certainly the most representative example of wooden church architecture in Croatia. The chapel was built in 1642 and reconstructed several times. The attraction of Donja Lomnica is a Modić-Bedeković wooden one-storey kurija from 1806.The kurija is a beautiful example of the original secular country architecture that used to be built by the members of lower aristocracy. Nine kilometres west of Velika Gorica is a Baroque castle Lukavec. This square-shaped castle features the inner ward with arcades and four prismal towers on each corner.

A number of annual events is organised in Velika Gorica: Vincekovo in vineyards of Vukomer, large and small carnival, the international Turopolje race, country dance fair, Turopoljsko Jurjevo in April, Goričke večeri (evenings in Gorik), the Spring Fair, the International Majorettes Show, Žirovina in Turopolje grove in August, Gastro Turopolje in October, and Days of Lucija (protector of Turopolje), which is also the Day of Velika Gorica in December.  

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