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OTOK IVANIĆ - an oasis of pristine nature
The gentle landscape of Otok Ivanić stretches over 370 square kilometres south-east of Zagreb. Otok Ivanić comprises 49 settlements, and the largest and best known among them are Ivanić Grad, Kloštar Ivanić and Križ. In the past, this region was given the name Otok, after the four rivers that entirely surround it: the Glogovnica, Česma, Lonja and Sava. It is an area situated on the border of the western part of Moslavina and the north-west border of Lonjsko Polje, the world famous nature park and habitat of a large number of rare wetland birds. In the last couple of years, beavers have lived in the large forest of Žutica, on the margins of Otok Ivanić. This region is also known for the Posavina horse, an autochthonous Croatian breed, preserved and improved in Kloštar. Among its natural resources, natural salty thermal waters and healing naphthalene oil, called naphthalene, are worth mentioning. These resources are the basis for the development of health tourism at a health-care institution called Naftalan. There are many baroque churches in Otok Ivanić and almost every preserved chapel is an example of beautiful rural baroque. The convent church of Saint Mary in Kloštar, reconstructed in baroque style 1759, was one of the first Marian shrines in Croatia. Today Kloštar is visited by pilgrims of the Assumption of Mary. The history, name and location of the small town of Križ are also related to a church, reconstructed in baroque style and devoted to the Adoration of the Holy Cross. Old wooden houses with elements of the architecture typical of the Posavina region and imaginative ornaments in picturesque villages by the Sava river deserve special attention. The village of Vezišće, the birthplace of world-renowned operatic prima donna Milka Trnina, is particularly interesting.
 
 

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