Vukovar water tower

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Vukovar water tower
Vukovarski vodotoranj
Vukovar-watertower-after-war.jpg
Vukovar water tower after the Croatian War of Independence.
Vukovar water tower is located in Croatia
Vukovar water tower
Location within Croatia
General information
Status Heavily damaged
Type Water tower
Location Vukovar, Croatia
Coordinates 45°20′38″N 19°00′44″E / 45.3440°N 19.0122°E / 45.3440; 19.0122
Completed late 1960s
Height 50.3 m (165 ft)
Technical details
Floor area 2,200 m2 (24,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Plan d.o.o.
Main contractor Hidrotehna Zagreb d.o.o.

Vukovar water tower (Croatian: Vukovarski vodotoranj) is a water tower in the Croatian city of Vukovar. It is one of the most famous symbols of Vukovar and the suffering of the city and the country in the Battle of Vukovar and the Croatian War of Independence, when the water tower and the city itself were largely destroyed by the Serbian forces.

History[edit]

The water tower was designed by the company Plan and built by Hidrotehna Zagreb, in the late 1960s. It was built in a city park, popularly known as Najpar-bašća, in the district of Mitnica.[1]

Until the war, the top of the tower was home to a restaurant with a view over Vukovar, Dunav and surrounding vineyards.

During the Serbian agression on Vukovar, the water tower was one of the most frequent targets of artillery. It was hit more than 600 times during the siege.[citation needed]

Future[edit]

After the reintegration of Vukovar into the Republic of Croatia, reconstruction of water tower was initiated by Croatian President Franjo Tuđman, but that has since changed. The water tower will not be restored to its original state and will instead become a memorial area to the pain and suffering that Vukovar endured.

Water tower before the war.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paun, Milan (16 July 2010). "Ne potkopavajte Vodotoranj da se ne sruši". Vukovarske novine (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 January 2012.