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Samobor
Samobor is located in the northwest part of Croatia, along the Slovenian border (5 km) and in the vicinity of the Croatian capital – Zagreb (20 km). Samobor (15.000 inhabitants today) is an ancient town which has in 2002 celebrated its 760th birthday. Namely, as early as in 1242 by the King Bela IV Charter this town was listed among medieval prominent "free royal marketplaces". From these days on rich historical and cultural heritage was accumulated in this town and area. You can find it squeezed into a dozen small picturesque streets, in the rich collection of the Samobor Museum, on the business buildings’ facades, in the main baroque square, inside the walls of the parochial church and the Franciscan monastery. In the greenery of the pine and beech woods the ruins of the old Samobor castle tell the silent history, and the dozens of ancient chapels (almost one on every hill) attract the eye and soul of an accidental travelerSlightly to the side of the main airway, railway and roadway corridors.
his is the town poets and painters, sculptors and composers fell in love with. They wrote about Samobor, they created in Samobor. They would come… and they would go, only to return again because no one has managed to discover it completely so far. This is the charm of this little place, it is so enriched with various things that every coming or staying is just an invitation to a new encounter. Beside its prominent tourist and excursion characteristics, from ancient times this town is renowned for its excellent artisans and craftsmen. Here you’ll find products of traditional crafts that are extinct elsewhere, the hand-made products which will become your precious Samobor souvenirs. The Samobor crystal, hand-cut, has spread the name of Samobor throughout the world. You will be delighted too! Beside more than two thousand different crafts and trades, ecologically clean industry is developing in Samobor, because this green emerald is worth guarding and preserving…
"Beautiful is Samobor...
The proximity to the main city gives it the charm of the nearby countryside as Tibur, Tivoli, Versailles, Schönbrunn, Windsor.
Environment is a happy combination of the highlands and the plains, fields and forests, gardens and nature, rivers and mountains, villages and hamlets, town and countryside. Samobor is one of the most Croatian town."

Antun Gustav Matoš, Croatian poet, 1908.

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