Đakovo (Hungarian: Diakovár, German: Djakowar) is a town in the
region of Slavonia, Croatia.
Đakovo is the centre of the fertile and
Đakovo region (Croatian: Đakovština [d͡ʑakǒːʋʃtina]).
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The etymology of the name is the Greek: διάκος (diákos) in
Slavic form đak (pupil). The Hungarian diák word has the same Greek
origin and as such it's uncertain the name came directly from Greek or
via Hungarian or local Slavic form.
In Roman antiquity the settlement Certissia stood on the same spot
until it disappeared during the Migration Period.
The settlement's first mention in historical documents dates from 1239
Béla IV of Hungary
Béla IV of Hungary granted it to the Diocese of Bosnia (Latin:
Dioecesis Bosniensis), and the Bishop moved his seat here in 1246.
The predecessor to the newer St. Peter's Cathedral was built in 1355.
In 1374 the settlement is documented under the name Dyacou. Croatian
rebels in 1386 on July 25 captured Queen Mary of Hungary and her
mother Elizabeth near the settlement.
The Ottoman rule over
Đakovo started in 1536 and lasted for nearly
150 years. It was a kaza administrative center in
Sanjak of Pojega
Sanjak of Pojega and
was known as "Yakova" during this period. In 1805 a
herd was evacuated to
Napoleon invaded Austria &
Hungary and a part of the herd remained permanently here. In a 1910
census the settlement's total population of 6304 were made of 4894
Croatians, 890 Germans, 249 Hungarians and 164 Serbians. In the late
19th and early 20th century the settlement was a district capital in
Virovitica County of the Kingdom of Croatia-
Slavonia within the
Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen. In period 1 December 1941 - 7
Ustaše established and operated the
camp, mostly for Jewish women and children.
Đakovo is located 37 km (23 mi) to the southwest of Osijek
and 34 km (21 mi) southeast of Našice; elevation 111 m. It
is located near the motorway A5/E73, at the intersection of the state
road D7 to Osijek, the arterial roads D38 to Požega, D46 to Vinkovci
and the connecting road D515 to Našice.
There is a total of 27,745 residents in the municipality (census
2011), in the following individual settlements:
Budrovci, population 1,260
Đakovo, population 27,745
Đurđanci, population 425
Ivanovci Gorjanski, population 580
Kuševac, population 1,028
Novi Perkovci, population 246
Piškorevci, population 1,907
Selci Đakovački, population 1,796
Široko Polje, population 1,012
Chief occupations include farming, livestock breeding, leather and
wool processing; horse selection centre; major industries are wood
processing (furniture), textiles, chemicals and food processing,
building material, printing and tourism.
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St. Peter's Cathedral in
Đakovo was built under bishop Josip Juraj
The Cathedral basilica of St. Peter in
Đakovo is the town's most
famous landmark and the most important sacral object, not only in
Đakovo but also throughout the whole region of Slavonia. The
Cathedral was built 1866-1882 under Josip Juraj Strossmayer, then the
Catholic bishop of
Đakovo and Srijem. The landscaped park from the
19th century near the bishop's palace is a horticultural monument
under special protection as well as the nearby Small Park (Mali Park)
dating from the turn of the 19th/20th century.
The central traditional event is called
Đakovački vezovi (Đakovo
Embroidery). It is a folklore show of the regions
Slavonia and Baranja
that is organized yearly in the beginning of July, and it presents
traditional folk costumes, folklore dancing and singing groups,
customs. The Cathedral hosts choirs, opera artists, and art
exhibitions are organized in the exhibition salon. The horse and
wedding wagon show is a special part of the program. During the sports
program, pure-bred white
Lipizzaner horses can be seen on the
racecourse. They come from the horse-breeding centre in Ivandvor,
which has been breeding horses ever since 1506.
The town and the surroundings offer many sports and recreation
facilities, such as tennis courts, racecourse, gym, swimming pool,
etc. The lakes Jošava, Mlinac, Borovik as well as fishponds,
backwaters and canals offer fine angling opportunities. High and low
game hunting is possible in the immediate surroundings or farther on
Dilj and mountain to the southwest. The traditional Slavonian
cuisine, famous for its meat specialities (kulin smoked sausage,
kobasica sausages, smoked ham), venison and freshwater fish dishes are
offered both in
Đakovo and its surroundings. Of particular interest
are the exquisite wines of the
Đakovo region: Weissburgunder,
Traminer and Riesling.
Lipizzan horse farm in Ivandvor
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Croatia
Twin towns — Sister cities
Đakovo is twinned with:
Tomislavgrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ivan Vargić, footballer
Domagoj Duvnjak, handball player
^ a b "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census:
Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb:
Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
^ a b "Povijest grada". djakovo.hr (in Croatian). City of Đakovo.
Retrieved 11 September 2014.
Cresswell, Peterjon; Atkins, Ismay; Dunn, Lily (10 July 2006). Time
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Random House Ltd. 20 Vauxhall Bridge
Road, London SV1V 2SA. ISBN 978-1-904978-70-1. Retrieved 10 March
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Đakovo.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Đakovo.
Đakovo (in Croatian)
Đakovo Profile Page from the
Osijek-Baranja County Website
Subdivisions of Osijek-Baranja County
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