|Town of Ilok
View of Ilok from city's fortress
|• Mayor||Ivan Plazonić (HDZ)|
|Elevation||135 m (443 ft)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+385 32|
Ilok is the easternmost town and municipality in northeastern Croatia, in Slavonia. Located in the Syrmia region, it lies on a hill overlooking the Danube river, which forms the border with the Vojvodina region of Serbia. The population of the town of Ilok is 5,072, while the total municipality population is 6,767 (census 2011). The town is home to a Franciscan monastery and Ilok Castle, which is a popular day trip for domestic tourists.
The area of present-day Ilok was populated since the neolithic and Bronze Ages. The Romans settled there in the 1st or 2nd century and built Cuccium, the first border fortification on the Danube. The Slavs settled here in the 6th century, and the Croats arrived here probably after the collapse of the second Avar Khanate. The area was later ruled by the Bulgarian Empire, until it was included into the medieval Kingdom of Hungary.
In 12th and 13th centuries the market-town of Ilok was mentioned in documents under various names (Iwnlak, Vilak, Vylok, Wyhok, Wylak). At the end of the 13th century, Hungarian kings gave the Vylak castrum to the powerful Csák noble family. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Ilok was a capital of the semi-independent medieval state of Upper Syrmia ruled by Ugrin Csák.
After 1354, the town of Ilok belonged to Nicholas and Paul Garay (in South Slavic references Gorjanski), and then to Nicholas Kont of Orahovica and his descendants, among which was his great-grandson Nicholas and the last member of the Iločki family - Laurence of Ilok. Nicholas of Ilok was the Ban of All Slavonia from 1457 to 1463, and his son, Laurence was a duke of Syrmia from 1477 to 1524.
Since 1526, the town was under Ottoman rule. During this time, it was mainly populated by Muslims. In 1566-9, Ilok had 238 Muslim and 27 Christian houses. In 1572, it had 386 Muslim, and 18 Christian houses. In 1669, the population of Ilok numbered 1,160 houses, and town possessed two mosques. In 1697, Habsburg army took Ilok from the Ottomans and Muslim population fled from the town.
During the Habsburg rule, Ilok belonged to the Kingdom of Slavonia, a Habsburg province that belonged to both, the Kingdom of Croatia, and the Kingdom of Hungary. Between 1849 and 1868, the Kingdom of Slavonia was completely separate Habsburg crownland, and in 1868 it was joined with the Kingdom of Croatia to form the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Ilok was a district capital in the Syrmia County of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia.
In 1918, Ilok first became part of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, and then part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (in 1929 renamed Kingdom of Yugoslavia). From 1929 to 1939 Ilok was part of the Danube Banovina and from 1939 to 1941 of the Banovina of Croatia within the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Between 1941 and 1944, during the Axis occupation of Yugoslavia, it belonged to the Independent State of Croatia, and since 1945, it was part of the People's Republic of Croatia within new Socialist Yugoslavia.
On October 17, 1991 during the beginning of the Croatian war of independence, the Croats and other non-Serbs of Ilok fled as the Yugoslav National Army led by Serbs paramilitaries occupied the area, but spared it from destruction due to its rapid surrounding and occupation. Between 1991 and 1995, Ilok was part of the Republic of Serb Krajina. The area was peacefully reintegrated into Croatia in 1998, with the exception of island of Šarengrad on Danube, which is still under the control of Serbia.
In 2011 census, the total population of Ilok was 6,767, in the following settlements:
Ilok is a transit-tourist, port and border town on the Danube, known as the easternmost point of Croatia. The important cultural and historical heritage with Gothic churches being the most distinguished objects are said to represent the bordering line between western and eastern art.
The Ilok–Bačka Palanka Bridge was opened in 1974, connecting Ilok with nearby Serbian town of Bačka Palanka.
Ilok is also the centre of the rich wine-growing region. The grape harvest of Ilok represents a traditional annual event in the town (end of September, beginning of October). The Ilok wines (Traminer, Burgundy, Grasevina) as well as the excellent Ilok cuisine are famous beyond the Croatian borders.
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (July 2011)|
- "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Ilok". Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
- "Položaj". ilok.hr (in Croatian). City of Ilok. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
- "Population by Ethnicity, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Vukovar-Sirmium". Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
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- Wine route of Ilok (Croatian)