This year, Tour of Croatia starts in the city of Osijek. This charming city, situated on the Drava river, has a rich history that dates back to the Roman times. The Romans conquered this part of the Pannonian plain,in the area of today’s Down Town, and formed a military camp and a civilian settlement Mursa. More intensive rise of the city was connected with the name ofthe Emperor Hadrian, who gave Mursa the status of a colony in the year 133.
Today, the city has various remarkable attractions. One of them is the Fort Tvrđa.Itislocated in the Old Town of the city of Osijek and it is a Habsburg star fort built on the right bank of the River Drava. Tvrđa has been described by the World Monuments Fund as "a unique example of an eighteenth-century baroque military, administrative, and commercial urban center".
The church of St. Peter and St. Paul dominates in the city centre. The Church is a Neo-Gothic co-cathedral. The church was built in 1898 and is currently the tallest building in Croatia outside of Zagreb. The church is built of three and a half million bricks and the four tower bells weigh 2665 kg, 1552 kg, 740 kg and 331 kg.