Križ

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Križ
Municipality
Križ town center
Križ town center
Križ is located in Croatia
Križ
Križ
Coordinates: 45°39′43″N 16°31′22″E / 45.66194°N 16.52278°E / 45.66194; 16.52278
Country  Croatia
County Zagreb County
Area
 • Total 118 km2 (46 sq mi)
Highest elevation 120 m (390 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,963
Area code(s) 01
Vehicle registration ZG
Website Kriz Online

Križ is a village and a municipality of western Moslavina, located southeast from Zagreb, near Ivanić-Grad. In the 2011 Croatian census, the population of the Križ municipality numbers 6,963 people, with 1,821 residents in the village itself.

Settlements[edit]

The total municipality population is 6,963, distributed in the following settlements:[1]

History[edit]

Križ is an historic place and centre of "Ivanić region". The history of Križ, or "Križ pod Obedom" as it was once called, is closely tied to the history of "Ivanić Grad and Kloštar Ivanić", even though Križ has some unique roots, too. As customary in the past, the place was named after a sacral monument – the church of the Assumption of the Holy Cross. "Križ" (meaning Cross) is indirectly mentioned for the first time in 1334 when it was recorded as one of Zagreb Diocese parishes.

Until 1918, Križ (named MILITAER KRIZ before 1850[2]) was part of the Austrian monarchy (Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia after the compromise of 1867), in the Croatian Military Frontier, Warasdin-Kreutzer Regiment N°V.[3]

Monuments and Sightseeings[edit]

Archaeological finds "Sipćine" near Okešinac tells us that people used to inhabit this region very early in the past.

In the fire that caught the old parish church in 1714 the central altar was burnt and six years later in 1720 it was replaced with a new altar featuring priceless wooden sculptures one of the most beautiful in the whole northern Croatia. Valuable are also pieces made of gold from the 18th and 19th centuries. Around the church there is a hundred-year old park created in 1894 as an imitation of the English landscape architecture.

Economy[edit]

On the southern municipality border there is the forest "Žutica" with oil field. The forest Veliki Jantak known as the hunting ground stretches to the east.

Today around 7,000 people live in 16 settlements of Križmunicipality covering the area of 118 square kilometres. For the economy of the region the most important companies are DIN Novoselec and Elektra Križ (Electric power distribution company). When Croatia became an independent state, new possibilities were offered and today there exist many new privately owned businesses.

Education[edit]

Education has always had an important role in the region. A school existed as far back as the 17th century. It was the church school. In 1790 the first general public school was opened and in 1884 the library and reading-room.

Famous people[edit]

Milka Trnina, an opera singer, was born in Vezišće,[4] a village located in the Križ municipality.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Križ". Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. 
  2. ^ Handbook of Austria and Lombardy-Venetia Cancellations on the Postage Stamp Issues 1850-1864, by Edwin MUELLER, 1961. Not to be confused with KREUTZ.
  3. ^ Probably until 1881.
  4. ^ "Milka Trnina". hrt.hr (in Croatian). Croatian Radiotelevision. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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