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DUGO SELO - between the plains and the mountains
The Dugo Selo region covers 217 square kilometres east of Zagreb. Its 47 settlements have a population of 20,000; the most important of them are Dugo Selo, Brckovljani and Rugvica. Everything in this region has been related to Saint Martin ever since ancient times. Terram sancti Martini (Saint Martin's country) was mentioned for the first time in an enfeoffment charter granted by Hungarian-Croatian King Andrew II to the Templar religious order in 1209. Even historical charters mention the estate and church of Saint Martin, situated on today's 205 meter-high Martin Breg, the wine-growing centre of the region. The wooden sculpture of Saint Martin, the patron of the parish, the vineyards and the local vintners stands in front of the church. Božjakovina and the vineyards of the Božjakovina estate are located near the village of Brckovljani, named after Saint Brice (Brcko in Croatian), the patron saint of the parish. The Božjakovina estate, with its lovely wine cellar, was established in 1896 and is known as a model estate which consists of a late baroque castle, farm buildings and a park with exotic trees (among them the California sequoia are among the most interesting), and the smaller two-storey castle of Štakorovec, which used to belong to the Erdödy family. Prehistoric archaeological finds of Bronze age cultures and records bear witness to the distant past, life and culture of the prehistoric inhabitants of the neighbouring region of Rugvica. The name of the village of Rugvica was derived from the old Croatian word horugva, which means a flag or a banner; it tells about the quay of the Sava River which used to be marked with a flag. An old raft in the village of Oborovo is particularly interesting. It still carries passengers and vehicles from one bank of the Sava to the other.
 
 


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