Velika

Roman crypts and money found in this area prove that Velika is an old settlement laid underneath the hill Lapjak, on the mount Papuk. Entrance to Velika brakes into the view of the old Fort of Velika situated on the South side of the hill Lapak, on the altitude of 447m. This is a well preserved medieval defensive rook, it is presumed to date back to the 13th century. First written mention of Velika dates back to 1226, where it was referred to as a center of a manor and feudal possession.

The coming of the Franciscans to Velika was reported around 1576. Franciscans had their own monastery here and the Church of St Augustine. In the 17th century, Velika was considered to be a significant Christian, sacral and educational center of Slavonia because of its independent school, novitiate and seminary. The church of St Augustine, as it is today, is a gothic church trans versed with a baroque arch, has a bell tower 41m high which has loop holes. Due to the historical significance of the church, a huge demand for culture in this area, many tourists and weekend visitors, a Diocesan museum of the Archdiocese of Zagreb was established within the church in 1974 which holds valuable exhibits of sacral and other valuable artifacts concerning the life and works of devotees of this area. St Augustine church, a cross between gothic and baroque style, and the old fort are lit during the night which definitely contributes to the natural beauties of this area, the pleasantness of the atmosphere, but above all – it contributes to emphasizing the value of Velika’s historical and cultural heritage.

 

Velika, today, has a municipality and a population of 6 106.

Velika was, and to this day remains a rich cultural center that nurtures ethnic heritage, slavonian cutoms and the distinct folk costume.