The charm of Turopolje and Vukmeričke Gorice
Southeast of Zagreb, the Velika Gorica area stretches 566 square kilometres over the hilly Vukomeričke gorice and the Turopolje lowlands, from the Sava River in the northeast to the Kupa River in the southwest. The City of Velika Gorica and the surrounding municipalities of Pokupsko, Orle and Kravarsko and their settlements have a population of about 70,000. The city itself has a population of about 33,000. The main economic activities are the timber, food, construction and graphics industries, and agriculture.
The area is rich in cultural and historical points of interest, including sacral and ethnological monuments, from prehistoric times to the present. The wooden chapels and noble manor-houses are a unique and valuable feature of Turopolje. The proximity to the Vukomeričke gorice hills, and the Lomnica, Sava and Odra Rivers complete the diversity of the landscape. The area is rich in oak forests, one of the primary natural resources. The abundance of oak allowed for the famed construction of sacral and other structures from timber, and the old “Turkish” common oak, near Velika Gorica, is a protected natural monument.
Velika Gorica is only 16 kilometres from Zagreb, and is almost part of the wider city core, connected by a fast road. The Zagreb Airport is right near the city. The Zagreb – Sisak motorway and railway runs through Velika Gorica. An important interchange of motorways is near the city, ensure its exceptional geographical and transport position.
The Velika Gorica area also has several important archaeological sites. These sites date back to prehistorical times (cultural graveyards with urns), antiquity (Roman early imperial graveyards) and the early Middle Ages (various artefacts, ceramics in use in the Carolingian cultural sphere).