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The Baroque center of Vukovar

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The Baroque center of Vukovar
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The Baroque center of Vukovar is the town's trademark view. The houses with Baroque arches stretching along the left and right of the center were built in the Maria Theresa style and once demonstrated the economic power of the wealthier classes of Vukovar's citizens. Today, the entire area is protected as an urban and historical entity. If you go for a stroll around Vukovar, which starts right here in the Baroque center, walking towards the Vuka river, you will first come across the Grand Hotel, the most famous work of monumental Historicist-style architecture. The Grand Hotel was built at the end of the 19th century, and among its facilities it boasted a theater hall. The hotel was sold for the second time in 1919 to workers, who bought it with funds earned from the sale of co-operative stakes and turned it into the Workers' Home. After you cross the bridge over the Vuka river, you will find yourself next to the birthplace of our Nobel laureate Lavoslav Ružička. Opposite his birthplace is the Eltz Palace which today houses the Vukovar Town Museum. The Eltz Palace is one of the most representative buildings from the Baroque period in Croatia. The Syrmia County Palace is opposite, and was built in the 18th century. It has been listed as a category A cultural monument and restored to its historical appearance. If you walk from the Eltz Palace on the promenade along the Danube, you will see the Franciscan friary with the Church of Sts. Philip and James and the High School. The construction of the friary and the church started on 24 June 1723 and continued throughout the 18th century. Until the devastation caused by the war, which did not spare the rich Franciscan heritage, including the old friary library with its 17000 volumes, the friary with the Church of Sts. Philip and James was the oldest preserved Baroque monument and the oldest building in Vukovar. The church and the friary are protected cultural monuments. The Vukovar High School was founded in 1891. More: www.turizamvukovar.hr