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Koprivnica – Renaissance in Podravina

22 November 2011 No Comment

The `Renaissance festival – live pictures from history` begins on the first day of September in Koprivnica.This is the largest tourist-historical event in this part of Europe, which will during the four days of the festival bring together around 700 participants in original costumes from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Most of the event will be linked to the 15th and especially the 16th century, when Renaissance forts were built.

This historical event will begin with a procession of knights from the town centre towards the Renaissance fortress walls, under which medieval tents and camps will be set up. One of the most attractive parts of the program will be the reinactment of the night time attack on the city lit by hundreds of torches. The Italian historical group ‘Storico e Sbandieratori’ will perform for the first time in the Croatian festival this year.

Apart from the theatrical images from medieval life, knighthood, sieges, music, dances and comedy, visitors will be able to enjoy in the flavours of medieval dishes which will be prepared on the spot following the original recipes from the end of the middle ages.
Along with meat dishes of capon (wild rooster), wild boar and other game, there will also be dishes containing nettle. Visitors will be able to quench their thirst with wine from the nearby vineyards and with honey snapps.

The Reinassance festival was proclaimed the most attractive event in Croatia in 2010, for which it received the «Simply the Best» award.

The festival is held in Koprivnica, the central town of Podravina. Koprivnica was proclaimed a free and royal town in 1356. Apart from the remains of the fort and water hole surrounding it, the most interesting cultural monuments are the Baroque buildings – the Church of St. Antun Padovanski, with a Franciscan monastery and the Salvatora Chapel as well as the ‘Oružana’ (armory building) from 1714.

Today’s centre of Koprivnica, with its square leaning onto a large park with a music pavilion dating from the end of the last century, got its final form at the beginning of the 20th century. The centre of the town, Zrinjski Square, has more than once been pronounced the most beautiful square in continental Croatia.

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