THE CITY OF KLANJEC
Klanjec, picturesque historical and cultural centre of the western part of Hrvatsko zagorje, is situated at the foot of the medieval city of Cesargrad, on the bank of the river Sutla, the border between Croatia and Slovenia. Only about thirty kilometres away from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, this old city has been guarding and unselfishly offering trails of its rich history to the visitors.
Here you can feel the spirit of the old aristocracy of Zagorje and the magnitude of its civil, cultural and artistic tradition.
Klanjec was first mentioned back in 1463 in documents of Matija Korvin, and for more than three century its history has been connected to the noble family of Erdödy, the owners of the city of Cesargrad and Novi Dvori Klanječki.
The town of the exceptional craftsmen, skilful merchants, and educated citizens, was environment in which many historically significant persons were born and brought up: dr. Ivan Broz and Franjo Iveković, the authors of the first Croatian dictionary, Oton Iveković, the first big painter of the Croatian history, and Antun Augustinčić, one of the most prominent Croatian sculptors of the 20th century. Antun Augustinčić left many of his works, created during 50 years of work, to his hometown. Today those works are exhibited in the AA Gallery. Antun Mihanović, the author of the Croatian national anthem, spent his last days at Klanjec, and his grave is situated in a memorial park in the centre of Klanjec.
The historic core of the city is dominated by the magnificent building of the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin of Mary. The church dates from the 17th century, being one of the first sacral monuments from the early Baroque in Croatia. The reconstruction of the crypt, which can be seen in the basement of the monastery, shows restored Erdödy family members sarcophagi which represent exceptional artistic value.
The visitors who come to see this romantic pearl of Zagorje usually become the friends of the city, forever carrying its beauty with themselves.