18 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Karlovac is known as a town of parks, a town of culture, a town of beer... But it is also a town where a natural and cultural landscape interwines into something that is unique in the world, and it happens at the confluence of four rivers. The reason for setting Karlovac, the starfort town, at the confluence of the Kupa and the Korana river was a military strategic one. Having grown in size, the town eventually covered another two river tributaries, the Mrežnica and the Dobra. The largest is the Kupa which flows through the centre of the town.
Even land-lubbers will find Karlovac an interesting town to explore, not least for its unique star-shaped design. Begun in 1579, Karlovac was designed as a "Renaissance town", that is, with a careful attention to beauty and harmony. The old town is in the shape of a six-pointed star, divided into 24 blocks of equal size. Although originally fortified, only the moats remain to indicate Karlovac's defensive nature. Within the "star" are about a dozen geometrical streets lined with houses that once belonged to the town's merchants, artisans and military command. All the residential buildings in the Karlovac's historical centre have wooden corridors in the rear called "ganjeci". The northwestern part of the star contains a semicircular baroque-style square with an early baroque palace and military headquarters.