Metković is a city in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia, located in the southeast of the country, on the banks of the river Neretva and on the border with Herzegovina.
Demographics [ edit ]
The total population of the city (municipality) is 16,788 inhabitants (2011), in the following settlements:
Dubravica, population 90
Glušci, population 76
Metković, population 15,329
Prud, population 497
Vid, population 796
In the census of 2011, the absolute majority of its citizens (96.80%) were Croats.
History [ edit ]
The city was first mentioned in a 1422 court document as a small farming town. It remained this way until the nineteenth century. During this period the city found renewed investment from the country's
Austrian rulers. With the arrival of the area's first post office and school, as well as the increase of trade with the Ottoman Empire, the city began to flourish. In 1875 Emperor Francis Joseph I visited the city.
Metković is located near the ancient
Roman settlement of Narona (today Vid). Narona was established as a Roman trading post, after Rome's successful war (  Illyrian Wars) with the neighboring Illyrian tribe Daors (ruins of their main city are located near Stolac), and successfully grew until the 3rd century AD. After that it went on a steady decline especially after a large 4th-century AD earthquake. Upon the arrival of Slavonic tribes in the mid-6th century AD, the city of Narona was abandoned with most parts being covered under silt that was carried by the river Neretva. Only minor excavations were done, most of them being concentrated on the location of Vid. One of the city's landmarks is its Church of St. Elijah, the city's patron saint. 
Education [ edit ]
Metković has the following education facilities:
Metković High School
 Metković Gymnasium (classical high school)
For tertiary education students need to move to another city, the most common destinations are:
Dubrovnik (business, management, accounting, music), Split (sciences, management, accounting), Zagreb (music, arts, sciences, applied sciences, engineering, architecture, education, humanities, management, accounting, business), Zadar (humanities, education, early childhood education) and Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Notable people [ edit ]
Marin Barišić, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Split-Makarska msgr.
Josip Marija Carević (1883-1945), bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dubrovnik and Titular bishop of Aristium father
Ante Gabrić, (1915-1988). Candidate for Sainthood, professed Priest of the Jesuits in India don
Radovan 'Rade' Jerković (1900-1950), Priest, writer, Christian martyr dr. fr.
Stanko Petrov (1887-1963), writer, professor, educator msgr.
Petar Rajič, Titular bishop of Sarsenterum and Apostolic nuncio in Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrein dr. sci. msgr.
Fabijan Veraja (1923-2014), retired deputy secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican msgr.
Martin Vidović, Titular bishop of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nona and Apostolic nuncio u Belarus dr. don
Mile Vidović, director of the Archdiocesan Classical Gymnasium "Don Frane Bulić" in Split
Vidoslav 'Vido' Bagur, folklorist
Dragan 'Fudo' Brnas, singer, studio musician and music arranger
Tereza Gabrić, singer 
Nikola Jerković, singer and music arranger
Goran 'Gogo' Martinac, music editor, arranger and producer, Porin award winner
Jurica Popović, musician, lyrics writer, composer, Gracia member
Milana Vlaović, writer and music producer
Matija 'Francika' Vuica, fashion designer and singer of the Gracia rock band
Spaček music band
Literature, Theater, Art
Živan Bjelovučić (1927-2007), academic sculptor and artist
Obrad Gluščević (1913-1980), film director
Ivo Knezović, set designer and architect
Dragan Marijanović, literate
Tomislav Martić, actor
Ivo Marević, actor
Radovan Marušić (1932-2008), literate, set and costumr designer
Damir Mejovšek (1933-2006), actor
Lajla Mišur-Volarević, painter 
Dragana Nuić-Vučković, painter 
Ivan Slamnig (1930-2001), poet
Martin Tomić film editor, professor on Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb
Dunja Vučičević-Ljubičić, painter. 
Stojan Vučičević (1941-1989), poet
Nikola Vučković, sculptor. 
Vera Zima, actor
Andrija Anković (1937-1980), football (soccer) player, gold olympic medallist 1960
Željko Babić, handball player, Croatian national team player and head-coach, bronze olympic medallist 2012 as assistant coach.
Ivica Barbarić, football (soccer) player, Yugoslavia national team member at the 1988 Summer Olympics
Hrvoje Batinović, Croatian national team player in handball
Goran Čarapina, Croatian national team player in handball
Patrik 'Pako' Ćavar, Croatian national team player in handball, gold olympic medallist 1996
Ivan Čupić, Croatian national team player in handball, bronze olympic medallist 2012
Davor Dominiković, Croatian national team player in handball, gold olympic medallist 2004
Slavko 'Keta' Goluža, handball coach, Croatian national team player and head-coach, double gold olympic medallist 1996 and 2004 as player, and bronze olympic medallist 2012 as head coach.
Sergej Jakirović, Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team player
Vladimir 'Mana' Jelčić, Croatian national team player in handball, gold olympic medallist 1996, handball coach
Dragan 'Jera' Jerković, Croatian national team player in handball
Nikša 'Kina' Kaleb, Croatian national team player in handball, gold olympic medallist 2004
Mišo Krstičević, Yugoslavia national football team player
Ante 'Čiko' Martinac (1944- 2006), Croatian First Football League commissioner
Juraj Nikolac, chess grandmaster
Frane Nonković, Yugoslavia men's national water polo team player, silver olympic medallist 1964
Ivica 'Linci' Obrvan, Croatian national team player in handball, handball coach and headcoach
Ante Pavlović, general secretary of the Croatian Football Federation and Football Association of Yugoslavia, GNK Dinamo Zagreb director
Ilija Puljević, handball player, Croatian national team head-coach
Bruno Sorić, rower, bronze olympic medallist 1924
Darijo Srna, Croatia national football team player and captain
Igor Štimac, Croatia national football team player and head coach, president of the Union of professional clubs in Croatian First Football League
Mate Šunjić, Croatian national team player in handball
Mate Trojanović, rower, gold olympic medallist 1952
Hrvoje Vejić, Croatia national football team player
Branka Bebić Krstulović, Miss Croatia
Luka Bebić, President of Croatian Parliament and former Minister of Defence
Ana Bebić, singer and participant in Operacija trijumf
Filip Dragović, Deputy Minister of Interior
Pero Gabrić (1932-2013), journalist
Stipe 'Jambo' Gabrić, former mayor of Metković and Member of the Croatian Parliament prof. dr.
Martin Glamuzina, University professor
Miljenko Grgić (aka Mike Grgich), California vintner dr.
Ivan Jurić, historian and teacher mr.sc.
Radomir Jurić, University professor
Damir Magaš, scientist, geographist, first rector of the University of Zadar prof. dr. sc.
Ilija Manenica, University professor
Stanko Marević - Prpić, National Heroes of Yugoslavia in the Second World War dr.
Đuro Njavro, University professor mr. sc.
Marija Obad, University professor general-major
Mate Obradović, Minister of Defence Chief inspector
Božo Petrov, Croatian politician and psychiatrist who serves as Deputy Prime Minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković, former mayor of Metković
Krešo Rakić, National Heroes of Yugoslavia in the Second World War prof. dr. sc.
Davor Romić, dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb and Minister of Agriculture
Pera and Stanko Šiljeg, Righteous Among the Nations (posthumously) 
Ante Šprlje, Minister of Justice
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Metković". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
^ "Population by Ethnicity, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Dubrovnik-Neretva". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
^ Wilkes, J. J. The Illyrians, 1992, ISBN 0-631-19807-5
^ "Metković". Metkovic.hr . Retrieved . 2015-11-29
^ "OS Stjepana Radića". Ossradica-metkovic.hr . Retrieved . 2015-11-29
^  Archived February 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
^ "Srednja škola Metković - Naslovnica". Ssmetkovic.hr . Retrieved . 2015-11-29
^  Archived February 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
^ "Tereza Gabric". Metkovic.hr . Retrieved . 2015-11-29
^ "Lajla". Metkovic.hr . Retrieved . 2015-11-29
^ "Dragana Nuic-Vuckocic". Metkovic.hr . Retrieved . 2015-11-29
^  Archived June 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
^ "Vučković". Metkovic.hr . Retrieved . 2015-11-29
^ Pravednici među narodima: Pera i Stanko Šiljeg
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