Ðakovo – the town of lipizzaners, embroidery and eucharist wines
Unique by its embroidery, cathedral, Lipizzaners and Eucharist wines, Ðakovo is the tourism jewel of eastern Slavonia.
The basilica of St. Peter dominates the town‘s landscape with its two 84 metre-high belfries, built in 1882. The cathedral was erected in the time of Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer, who by initiating the construction of numerous church and commercial buildings launched the development of the Ðakovo episcopate. Throughout its 760-year history, many bishops have left traces of their activities in Ðakovo. In 1806, in the time of Bishop Antun Mandic, the first institution of higher education in Slavonia was opened – the School of Theology.
In the direct vicinity of the cathedral is the wine cellar with its renowned Eucharist wines, served as an exceptional treat at special occasions. It will always be found on the table at state visits to Croatia or at presentations the Croatian National Tourist Board organises around the world for tourism representatives and professionals and journalists.
The historicist and Secession style old town core today draws the attention of a growing number of tourists, who come to Croatia on the cruisers that ply the waters of the Danube River from Budapest. And that is why a tour of the town must include a not-to-be missed visit to the National Lipizzaner Stud Farm, founded in or around the year 1506.
Every year the Lipizzaners are a part of the traditional culture and tourism event known as the Ðakovacki vezovi (Embroideries of Ðakovo), held for its 41st time in July of this year. This festival has long ago become a national event and this year drew performers from five continents and ten of thousands of visitors from around the world. With its tradition and far and wide renowned embroidery in gold thread, preserved trades and old skills, Ðakovo offers visitors variety of options for a quality vacation in an indigenous milieu.