Luka Ibrišimović

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Luka Ibrišimović statue, giving his year of birth as 1620

Fra Luka Ibrišimović (ca. 1620 – March 1698) was a Croatian friar who led an uprising against Ottoman forces in Slavonia.

Fra Ibrišimović was born in either Požega or Sibinj around 1620.[1]

On 12 March 1689, Ibrišimović's local army defeated the Turks at Sokolovac hill near Požega. This was the starting point for the liberation of Slavonia in 1691. Following the end of Ottoman rule, Ibrišimović organized the return of displaced peoples and the building of churches. The liberation of Slavonia coincided with a movement to free Lika and Krbava led by Marko Mesić. Fra Ibrišimović died in Požega. Požega still celebrates his victory as part of its festivities for St George's Day on 12 March.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IBRIŠIMOVIĆ, Luka". Hrvatski biografski leksikon. Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography. Retrieved 15 February 2011.