Varaždin chamber
orkestar
Augusta Cesarca 1
42000 Varaždin
CROATIA


foto : KD Sudec

Every town has its own story, and the story is that of its inhabitants.

The recorded history of Varazdin began more than 800 years ago, in 1181, more precisely, when it is mentioned in one of Croat-Hungarian king Bela IV's official documents, who 2 years later granted it the status of free royal city.
The town has had a stormy history. From the 14th to 17th century it was menaced constantly by the Turks and the Tartars. Queen Marie-Therese felt it worthy of being proclaimed the administrative and cultural centre of The Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia, a position it held for only 9 years because of the fire of 1776 ( the boy who started the fire received 12 blows in the town square ).
The city recovered rapidly and in the 18th and 19th centuries played a significant role in Croatia's economic and cultural life.

The town and its people made a significant contribution to the enlightenment, and later also in defence of Croatia against Hungary under Duke Josip Jelacic.

Situated 75 kilometres Northwest of Zagreb on the right bank of the Drava river, the town is appealing to all visitors. The heart of the town is a jewel of Baroque art that can leave none indifferent. Nicknamed 'Little Rome' or 'Little Venice' after its many soaring church steeples, and the gracious lifestyle of its nobility and mondaine society, these sobriquets may be exaggerated but they are commonly used.

It is not suprising therefore that such an environment should have nurtured many distinguished craftsmen and artists. Today the town has much that differentiates it from other towns in Croatia. Apart from the history ( which while not generally known to everyone, can be felt at every street corner ) the town has its present too.

The town's civic pride expresses itself in various fairs throughout the year. These fairs commemorate past events that might otherwise be forgotten - the era of medieval chivalry, the tradition of swordsmanship, the music of the Baroque period and even the famous city militia, the so-called 'Purger'.
The town has the capacity to welcome innovative trends in the arts and music, and to present these new movements to a wide audience.
Appointed an Episcopal seat, Varazdin's historic statuse has recently been confirmed, and its many attractions make it a place to which visitors often return.