Eltz Manor

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Eltz Manor
Dvorac Eltz
Castle Eltz in Vukovar.jpg
Eltz Manor after renovation (2012)
General information
Architectural style Baroque
Location Vukovar, Croatia
Address Županijska 2
32000 Vukovar
Current tenants Vukovar City Museum
Construction started 1749
Completed 1751
Renovated 2008–2011

Eltz Manor (Croatian: Dvorac Eltz, German: Schloss Eltz) is a Baroque castle in Vukovar, Croatia. The 18th-century manor is the location of the Vukovar City Museum. The manor, as it previously appeared, is depicted on the reverse of the Croatian 20 kuna banknote, issued in 1993 and 2001.[1][2] The castle was destroyed in 1991 in the Croatian War of Independence. However, after four years of restorations, it was completely restored to its pre-war appearance in October 2011.[3]


In 1736, Philipp Karl von Eltz-Kempenich (1665–1743), the Archchancellor of the Holy Roman Empire and Prince-Archbishop of Mainz, purchased a Vukovar manor in Syrmia, in the eastern Kingdom of Slavonia, then part of the Habsburg Monarchy ruled by Emperor Charles VI. The castle was originally built between 1749 and 1751 by the Archchancellor's descendants of the German Catholic noble House of Eltz and was gradually extended over time. The estates near the Military Frontier were, however, exposed to raids by Ottoman troops and local Hajduk paramilitary forces.

After the Yugoslav Partisans gained control over the country in late World War II, the manor was confiscated by the communist administration of Yugoslavia in 1944, and the family of Jakob Graf zu Eltz was forced to leave Vukovar. In 1990, he returned from Eltville to the newly established state of Croatia and became a member of the Sabor parliament at Zagreb. Eltz Manor, however, suffered a great deal of damage during the Croatian War of Independence, when it was bombarded by the Yugoslav People's Army during the Battle of Vukovar.[3]



  1. ^ "20 kuna - Nevažeće novčanice". Croatian National Bank (in Croatian). 13 June 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "20 kuna - HNB". Croatian National Bank (in Croatian). 31 January 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Obnovljeni dvorac Eltz vraća stare vizure Vukovara". Glas Slavonije (in Croatian). 29 October 2011. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 

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Coordinates: 45°21′27″N 18°59′42″E / 45.3575358481°N 18.9949858189°E / 45.3575358481; 18.9949858189