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Town of Kri?evci
Kri?evci Greek Catholic Cathedral
|o Mayor||Mario Rajn (Ind.)|
|o Town||263.72 km2 (101.82 sq mi)|
|Elevation||140 m (460 ft)|
|o Density||80/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Kri?evci (Croatian pronunciation: [kr?:?e:?t?si]; Latin: Crisium, Hungarian: K?rös ['kø:rø?], German: Kreutz [k?t?s]) is a town in central Croatia with a total population of 21,122 and with 11,231 in the city itself (2011), the oldest town in its county, the Koprivnica-Kri?evci County.
The first mention of the so-called Upper Kri?evac was from 1193 by Béla III, obtaining the status of Royal Borough in 1252 by the ban Stephan which was confirmed by King Béla IV a year later. The so-called Lower Kri?evac developed somewhat slower than its twin town: it became a free royal town in 1405, thanks to king Sigismund.
Bloody Sabor of Kri?evci (Croatian: Krvavi Sabor u Kri?evcima) was organised killing of the Croatian ban Stjepan Lackovi? and his followers by king Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund, on 27 February 1397.
Kri?evac was the birthplace of a Catholic priest Marko who died at the hand of Calvinists in Ko?ice in 1619, and was subsequently canonized because of his martyrdom. This event is commemorated every September 7 in Kri?evci.
After centuries of division, empress Maria Theresa of Austria united the Lower and Upper Kri?evac into Kri?evci in 1752 (the word Kri?evci is plural of Kri?evac). The town was also hit by the wars with the Turks, but it regained importance in 1871 when the railway was built through it on the way from Budapest to Rijeka.
These days the town is pretty much oriented towards mass entrepreneurship, but it still enjoys the greatest number of valuable and oldest monuments in the county (both in the town and its surroundings).
Kri?evci has nine churches (seven Catholic, a Serbian Orthodox and a Greek Catholic), some of them built in the Middle Ages. In the oldest Gothic Church of Saint Cross in Kri?evci, there are important Baroque pictures and a marble altar dating from the 18th century (by Francesco Robba). Also interesting is the parish church of St. Anne from the 17th century.
Of particular note is the Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the seat of the Eparchy of Kri?evci since 1789. The cathedral building was worked on by some of Zagreb's finest architects: its facade was rebuilt by Bartol Felbinger in 1817 while an internal reconstruction was performed in the Gothic revival style by Hermann Bolle in 1892-97. The iconostasis and the pictures on the walls are works of famous Croatian painters including Ivan Ti?ov, Celestin Medovi? and Bela ?iko?-Sesija.
Kri?evci Synagogue was built in 1895 and today serves as a youth center. The city museum exhibits a rich archeological, ethnographic and cultural-historical collection.
The main town manifestation is called Kri?eva?ko veliko spravie, commemorated yearly, when the local cultural traditions are displayed during a fiesta that lasts throughout the first full weekend of July. According to legend, this feast originates from a 14th-century feast of reconciliation between the previously hostile communities of merchants from the towns of Kri?evac and the nobility from the nearby Kalnik hillside.
Kri?evci is a city in Koprivnica-Kri?evci County. Because of its nearness to Zagreb (57 km), Kri?evci is developing like a satellite city. It has a good position because it's close to all regional centers: Koprivnica (31 km), Bjelovar (33 km) and Vara?din (48 km). Very important fact for establishing the city was its macro traffical position. This place was known already in antics and Middle Ages because that was where the main caravan roads crossed, and there was a famous king's Coloman road that was going through Kri?evci. That road was connecting Pannonia and Dalmatia. In its closer past, many roads and other types of traffic connections were built: Many macadamic roads that connects Posavina, region around Kalnik and Podravina (there were all already finished in the 18th century), the railroad from Hungary to Zagreb, that goes through Koprivnica and Kri?evci (1870.), and to Bjelovar (1894). Today, city is still important because it connects Bjelovar and Koprivnica, big regional centers, and because it's the place where many regional roads starts from direction of Bjelovar, Gornja Rijeka and Sudovec, valley of the river Bednja, zelinsko prigorje over ?anjevo and from Rasinja over Apatovec. Kri?evci lies on 140 m above the level of the sea, where the southern part of Kalnik begins.
Topographically, it lies on pleistocene surface, between swamped alluvial valleys of the brook Vrtlin from the east and the brook Koruska from the west. Relief, geological-petrografical structure, convenient climate and abundance of water, all these were elements of economical and demographic development of the city. Modern demographic-economical transformation has changed relations in space and structure of population, and it is observable through processes of deagrarization, industrialization and deruralization. This effected with abandoning agricultural production, abandoning villages and moving to Kri?evci.
|Climate data for Kri?evci, Croatia (1971-2000, extremes 1961-2014)|
|Record high °C (°F)||16.8
|Average high °C (°F)||2.9
|Daily mean °C (°F)||-0.3
|Average low °C (°F)||-3.6
|Record low °C (°F)||-25.5
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||39.1
|Average precipitation days||9.0||8.6||9.9||12.2||12.2||13.3||10.6||9.8||10.4||11.0||11.2||10.6||128.9|
|Average snowy days||11.2||8.9||2.7||0.1||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||3.0||7.1||33.0|
|Average relative humidity (%)||84.7||78.4||72.0||69.6||71.9||73.5||73.8||76.7||81.3||83.9||85.8||87.0||78.2|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||58.9||101.7||142.6||171.0||232.5||237.0||282.1||260.4||192.0||127.1||66.0||49.6||1,920.9|
|Percent possible sunshine||24||39||43||46||54||55||64||64||56||44||30||25||48|
|Source: Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service|
The list of settlements in the administrative area of Kri?evci is: