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(Croatian pronunciation: [kâːrloʋats], is a city and municipality in central Croatia. According to the National census held in 2011 population of the settlement of Karlovac
was 55,705. Karlovac
is the administrative centre of Karlovac
County. The city is located on the Zagreb- Rijeka
highway and railway line, 56 kilometres (35 miles) south-west of Zagreb
and 130 km (81 miles) from Rijeka.


1 Name 2 History

2.1 20th century

3 Description 4 Demographics

4.1 Settlements

5 Culture 6 International relations

6.1 Twin towns

7 Gallery 8 See also 9 Notable people 10 References

10.1 Notes 10.2 Bibliography

11 External links

Name[edit] The city was named after its founder, Charles II, Archduke of Austria. The German name Karlstadt or Carlstadt ("Charles's Town") has undergone translation into other languages: in Hungarian it is known as Károlyváros, in Italian as Carlostadio, in Latin as Carolostadium, and in Kajkavian
and Slovene as Karlovec. History[edit] The Austrians built Karlovac
from scratch in 1579 in order to strengthen their southern defences against Ottoman encroaches. The establishment of a new city-fortress was a part of the deal between the Protestant nobility of Inner Austria
Inner Austria
and the archduke Charles II of Austria, in exchange for their religious freedom the nobility agreed to finance the building of a new fortress against the Ottoman Empire. It was founded as a six-pointed star fortress built on the Zrinski
estate near the old town of Dubovac at the confluence of the Kupa and Korana
rivers. As the city later expanded, the urban area reached as far as the Mrežnica
and Dobra rivers. The unique star shape can still be seen around the town. It was originally known as Karlstadt ("Charles's Town" in German), after the ruling family, upon whose orders construction began on July 13, 1579. The architect of the city was Matija Gambon, whilst work on the new fortress was supervised by George Khevenhüller. It was intentionally built on terrain exposed to flooding and disease from unhealthy water, with the intent to hamper the Turkish advance.[2] The first church (of the Holy Trinity) was built in the central square in 1580, but all of the city buildings burned down in the fire of 1594. The forces of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
laid siege to Karlovac
seven times, the last time in 1672, but failed to occupy it. The plague epidemic of 1773 also afflicted the city, killing almost half the population of the time.[citation needed]

The city of Karlovac
emerged around a star-shaped Renaissance fortress built against the Ottomans

As a military outpost of the Habsburg Monarchy, Karlovac
was the site of the trial and execution of the best-known leader of the rebel Uskoks
from the coastal fort of Senj, Ivan Vlatković. He was executed in Karlovac
on 3 July 1612 as an example to his troops who were creating difficulties for the Habsurgs by their piracy against Venetian shipping on the Adriatic Sea, and by marauding raids into the Ottoman hinterland. In 1615 their piracy went so far as creating an open war between Venice and Austria. When the Treaty of Paris (ratified in Madrid) was concluded in 1617, bringing an end to the war between Venice and the Habsburgs, under the terms of the treaty the Uskok families were forcibly removed from Senj
and disbanded into the hinterland, most notably in the Žumberak hills near Karlovac. Meanwhile, the fort was becoming too crowded for the city's expanding population and the Military Frontier
Military Frontier
government could not allow for its further growth. On December 6, 1693 the city received some limited self-government. After the Treaty of Karlowitz
Treaty of Karlowitz
(1699) and the Ottomans withdrawal, Karlstadt was of less military significance. Queen Maria Theresa, after long insistence from the Croatian Diet, restored the towns of Karlovac
and Rijeka
(Fiume) to the Croatian crownland on August 9, 1776. Maria Theresa was also responsible for the founding of Gymnasium Karlovac, and later King Joseph II reaffirmed it as a free town with an official charter in 1781. This allowed the citizens to expand the city and exploit the potential of being at the crossroads of paths from the Pannonian plains to the Adriatic coast. The town blossomed in the 18th and 19th centuries with the development of roads to the seaside and waterways along the Kupa River. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Karlovac
was a district capital in the Zagreb
County of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia
Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia
within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 20th century[edit] Karlovac
suffered damage during the Croatian War of Independence (1991–1995). The southern sections of the city found themselves close to the front lines between the Republic of Croatia
and the Republic of Serbian Krajina, with shelling devastating the neighborhoods of Turanj, Kamensko, as well as parts of Mekušje, Mala Švarča and Logorište. The city center, the city hall, and numerous other buildings also suffered damage. The Karlovac
City Museum has transformed the old Austrian military barracks of Turanj into a museum exhibition dedicated to the military history of Karlovac
and in particular, through the exhibited weapons, of the Croatian War of Independence. A ticket for this site is also valid for City Mueum, Galerija Vjekoslave Karas and Dubovac Castel.

Collection of tanks at the Karlovac
museum in Turanj

Until the early 2000s, Karlovac's main industry consisted of brewing the beer "Karlovačko", produced by Karlovačka pivovara. By 2007, the rapidly growing firearms manufacturer HS Produkt
HS Produkt
had become the city's largest private employer.[3] HS Produkt
HS Produkt
is arguably best known as the designer and manufacturer of the HS2000
pistol, sold in the United States as the Springfield Armory XD.[3] On 22 October 2016 Croatia's first freshwater aquarium, and the biggest in that part of Europe, named Aquatika was opened in Karlovac.[4][5] Description[edit]

Dubovac Castle

One of the city's parks

Croatians know Karlovac
as grad parkova (the city of parks) and grad na četiri rijeke (the town on four rivers) for its numerous green areas and four rivers, of which Mrežnica, Korana, and Kupa flow through built-up areas, and Dobra is a few kilometers outside the city centre. A documentary film made by Dušan Vukotić in 1979 on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city plays much on that theme, and shows pictures of happy bathers on the Korana's Fogina beach (Foginovo kupalište) in the city centre.[6] One of the rarer trees found in the parks is the Ginkgo biloba, which local primary school children are taken out to see as part of their classes on nature and society. Most of the parks are planted in the former trenches dug around the old military fort that were once filled with water as an added layer of protection from the marauding Ottoman armies. One part of the city centre maintains the name of Šanac ('trench') after the old trenches which preserve the old hexagonal form of the historic centre. Demographics[edit]

Historical populations of Karlovac

Year Pop. ±%

1880 26,947 —    

1890 30,339 +12.6%

1900 32,608 +7.5%

1910 34,713 +6.5%

1921 35,171 +1.3%

1931 41,120 +16.9%

1948 44,974 +9.4%

1953 50,342 +11.9%

1961 58,013 +15.2%

1971 63,887 +10.1%

1981 69,622 +9.0%

1991 73,426 +5.5%

2001 59,395 −19.1%

2011 55,705 −6.2%

Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, DZS, Zagreb, 2005

According to the 2011 census, Karlovac
municipality had a total of 55,705 inhabitants. 49,140 of its citizens were Croats
(88.21%), 4,460 were Serbs
(8.01%), 250 were Bosniaks
(0.45%), 237 were Albanians (0.43%), 72 were ethnic Macedonians (0.13%), 49 were Montenegrins (0.09%), and the rest were other ethnicities.[7] Population by religion in 2011 was following: 45,876 Roman Catholics (82.36%), 3,866 Orthodox Christians
Orthodox Christians
(6.94%), 2,806 Atheists (5.04%), 705 Muslims
(1.27%), 488 Agnostics (0.88%), and others.[8] Much of the population of Karlovac
has changed since the beginning of the 1991-95 Croatian War of Independence, with numerous families of Croatian Serbs
leaving and being replaced by people who were themselves displaced from parts of Croatia
that were held by rebel Serbs
during the war (such as from the town of Slunj), as well as by families of Bosnian Croats
who started arriving during the war. The migration outflow was mostly towards Serbia, the Republika Srpska entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to countries of Western Europe, North America
North America
and Australia. Settlements[edit] The list of settlements included in the administrative area of the city of Karlovac

Banska Selnica, population 90 Banski Moravci, population 68 Blatnica Pokupska, population 31 Brezova Glava, population 135 Brežani, population 129 Brođani, population 141 Cerovac Vukmanićki, population 902 Donja Trebinja, population 22 Donje Mekušje, population 207 Donji Sjeničak, population 69 Gornja Trebinja, population 169 Gornje Stative, population 385 Gornji Sjeničak, population 150 Goršćaki, population 119 Husje, population 176 Ivančići Pokupski, population 11 Ivanković Selo, population 25 Ivošević Selo, population 7 Kablar, population 122 Karasi, population 50 Karlovac, population 46,833 Klipino Brdo, population 14 Kljaić Brdo, population 18 Knez Gorica, population 111 Kobilić Pokupski, population 43 Konjkovsko, population 6 Koritinja, population 113 Ladvenjak, population 382 Lipje, population 48 Luka Pokupska, population 360 Mahićno, population 522 Manjerovići, population 32 Okić, population 64 Popović Brdo, population 224 Priselci, population 96 Rečica, population 538 Ribari, population 108 Skakavac, population 233 Slunjska Selnica, population 78 Slunjski Moravci, population 85 Šebreki, population 0 Šišljavić, population 457 Tušilović, population 631 Tuškani, population 216 Udbinja, population 63 Utinja, population 5 Vodostaj, population 504 Vukmanić, population 207 Vukoder, population 1043 Zadobarje, population 373 Zagraj, population 63 Zamršje, population 167

municipality within Karlovac

Culture[edit] The city of Karlovac
has memorial-sites dedicated to Croatian veterans of the nation's Homeland War.[9] Karlovac
Music School, one of the oldest educational music institutions from this part of Europe (established on December 1, 1804), is the home of Karlovac
Piano Festival.[10] Karlovac Piano Festival
Karlovac Piano Festival
(founded in 2013) is typically held in mid-summer, and consists of master classes with renowned piano pedagogues as well as Karlovac
International Piano
Competition.[11] Music school also hosts International guitar school, while in Karlovac theatre Zorin dom Croatian Flute Academy is traditionally held, so during summer months Karlovac
is center of young artists of Europe.

International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Croatia Twin towns[edit] Karlovac
is twinned[12] with:

Alessandria, Italy Kansas City, Kansas, United States Erzsébetváros
(Budapest), Hungary Kragujevac, Serbia


Theatre ("Zorin dom") in Karlovac

Trinity Church (crkva Svetog trojstva) in the centre of Karlovac

Reconstructed Holy Nikolai Orthodox Church in the city centre.

Gymnasium Karlovac

Pontoon bridge on the river Korana

Examples of architecture in Karlovac
city centre

Music school Karlovac

Croatian falcon ("Hrvatski sokol"), monument to the fallen soldiers from Karlovac
during World War I

See also[edit]

List of people from Karlovac

Notable people[edit]

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Ivanka Boljkovac, opera singer Zrinka Cvitešić, actress Vlado Kalember, singer Vjekoslav Karas, painter Gustav Krklec, writer Ana Vidović, classical guitarist Slavko Mihalić, poet Davor Gobac, singer Danijela Trbović, TV host Jelena Popović, Serbian handball player, World Championship silver medalist Maksimilijan Vrhovac
Maksimilijan Vrhovac
(1752–1827), Catholic bishop Većeslav Holjevac
Većeslav Holjevac
(1917–1970), Partisan Ivan Ribar
Ivan Ribar
(1881–1968), politician Gajo Petrović (1927–1993), marxist theorist Radoslav Lopašić
Radoslav Lopašić
(1835–1893), historian Paulina Matijević (1856–1926), benefactress Dušan Dančuo (1922–2009), singer Đorđe Petrović (b. 1933), painter Slavko Goldstein
Slavko Goldstein
(1928-2017), publisher, historian and politician Đuro Zatezalo (-2017) - historian[14] and former Director of Karlovac Archives (1965-1992)


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of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.  ^ Treasures of Yugoslavia, published by Yugoslaviapublic, Beograd, available in English, German and Serbo-Croatian, 664 pages, 1980 ^ a b Orešić, Boris (9 November 2007). "Hrvatska puška na Bushevom ramenu". Globus (in Croatian) (883): 84–88.  ^ "Project - Aquatika". aquariumkarlovac.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018.  ^ "KAportal VIDEO: Otvara se karlovačka AquatiKA - najveći akvarij slatkovodne ribe u ovom dijelu Europe
- Karlovački informativni web portal". kaportal.rtl.hr. Retrieved 5 April 2018.  ^ "Karlovac". 27 November 1979. Retrieved 5 April 2018 – via www.imdb.com.  ^ "Population by Ethnicity, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Karlovac". Census
of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.  ^ "Population by Religion, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Karlovac". Census
of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.  ^ "Vijesti iz Karlovca u Regionalnom dnevniku - Radio Mrežnica". radio-mreznica.hr. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2018.  ^ " Karlovac
Music School". glazbena-ka.hr. Retrieved 5 April 2018.  ^ " Karlovac Piano Festival
Karlovac Piano Festival
/ Competition". www.karlovacpianofestival.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018.  ^ http://www.karlovac.hr/cities-friends-3016/3016 retrieved 2017-11-13 ^ "International cooperation of the city of Kragujevac". City of Kragujevac. Retrieved 2012-01-29.  ^ "Posljednje zbogom velikanu historijske znanosti". portalnovosti.com (in Croatian). 12 August 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 


Cresswell, Peterjon; Atkins, Ismay; Dunn, Lily (10 July 2006). Time Out Croatia
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External links[edit]

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Municipal website Tourist information - Karlovac Tourist information - Karlovac
County Interactive town map Karlovački Tjednik - Local weekly newspaper Pictures of Karlovac  "Karlstadt". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911. 

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County seats of Croatia


Bjelovar, Bjelovar-Bilogora Slavonski Brod, Brod-Posavina Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva Pazin, Istria

Karlovac, Karlovac Koprivnica, Koprivnica-Križevci Krapina, Krapina-Zagorje Gospić, Lika-Senj

Čakovec, Međimurje Osijek, Osijek-Baranja Požega, Požega-Slavonia Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar

Sisak, Sisak-Moslavina Split, Split-Dalmatia Šibenik, Šibenik-Knin Varaždin, Varaždin

Virovitica, Virovitica-Podravina Vukovar, Vukovar-Srijem Zadar, Zadar Zagreb, Zagreb

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by population


Osijek Rijeka Split Zagreb


Bjelovar Dubrovnik Karlovac Kaštela Pula Samobor Šibenik Sisak Slavonski Brod Varaždin Velika Gorica Vinkovci Zadar


Beli Manastir Belišće Benkovac Čakovec Crikvenica Đakovo Daruvar Donji Miholjac Duga Resa Dugo Selo Garešnica Gospić Imotski Ivanec Ivanić-Grad Jastrebarsko Kastav Knin Koprivnica Krapina Križevci Kutina Labin Makarska Metković Našice Nova Gradiška Novi Marof Novska Ogulin Omiš Opatija Petrinja Pleternica Ploče Popovača Poreč Požega Rovinj Sinj Slatina Solin Sveta Nedelja Sveti Ivan Zelina Trogir Umag Valpovo Virovitica Vrbovec Vukovar Zaprešić Županja

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Subdivisions of Karlovac

Cities and towns

Duga Resa Karlovac
(seat) Ogulin Ozalj Slunj


Barilović Bosiljevo Cetingrad Draganić Generalski Stol Josipdol Krnjak Lasinja Netretić Plaški Rakovica Ribnik Saborsko Tounj Vojnić Žakanje

Coordinates: 45°29′N 15°33′E / 45.483°N 15.550°E / 45