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Ivanec (Croatia)
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Coordinates: 46 ° 13 ′ 35 ″  N , 16 ° 7 ′ 31 ″  E
Basic data
State : Croatian flag Croatia
County : Flag of Varaždin County Varaždin
Height : 235  m. i. J.
Area : 95.81  km²
Residents : 13,758 (2011)
Population density : 144 inhabitants per km²
Telephone code : (+385) 042
Postal code : 42 240
License plate :
Structure and administration
(status: 2013, cf. )
Community type : city
Mayor : Milorad Batinić ( HNS )
Website :
Stara škola - Ivanec.jpg
Ivanec - old school

Ivanec is a city in Croatia . It is located in the Varaždin County .


The city of Ivanec is located in the municipality of the same name in northwestern Croatia, in the Varaždin County . Ivanec is located in the northeastern part of the Croatian Zagorje , in the valley of the Bednja River, at the foot of Ivanščica, the highest mountain in northwestern Croatia, whose highest peak is 1061 m above sea level. M. lies.


According to the 2011 census, the municipality has 13,758 inhabitants, 5,234 of whom live in Ivanec. Today's Ivanec District ( općina Ivanec) consists of 29 settlements: Bedenec, Cerje Tužno, Gačice, Gečkovec, Horvatsko, Ivanec, Ivanečka Željeznica, Ivanečki Vrhovec, Ivanečko naselje, Jerovec, Kaniža, Knapić, Langečan, Lovavecančka , Pece, Prigorec, Punikve, Radovan, Ribić Brijeg, Salinovec, Seljanec, Stažnjevec, Škriljevec, Vitešinec, Vuglovec and Željeznica.


The origin of the city of Ivanec can be linked to the order of St. John of Jerusalem, Fratres hospitalis sancti Johannis Iherosolimitani, better known in Croatian as "ivanovci" (Johanniter) (hence the name Ivanec). The first written evidence of their presence point to the year 1201, when the "village of the ivanovci" (villa hospitalariorum) was mentioned. Ivanec is mentioned for the first time in the document issued by Ivan Paližna jun. exhibited in Bela on June 22, 1396, and which was kept in the copy of Albert de Nagmihal, Prior of Vrana and Banus of Croatia and Dalmatia, from 1421, issued in Pakrac. This document confirms that even 600 years ago Ivanec was part of the Bela von Ivanovci estate. It is believed that Ivanec got its name after the chapel "Sv. Ivan Kritelj" (St. John the Baptist) that Ivanovci built in the Ivanec area while their seat was outside the city. After the Ivanovci left Croatia, Ivanec passed into the hands of Marko Talovac in 1438. The Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus sold the Bela property for 5600 ducats to the Hungarian count family Petheö de Gerse, who built a castle in the middle of the 16th century. Count Erdödy , the owners of Bela, Ivanec and Jurketinec, rebuilt the castle from 1740, and the Kukuljević-Sakcinski family gave the castle its final appearance. The Kukuljević family left Ivanec to their brother-in-law Dr. Josip Saban. The Šaban family were also the last owners until the castle was badly damaged in World War II. The castle ruins were torn down in 1959.


The people of this area have been involved in agriculture since prehistoric times. The first industrial production begins at the beginning of the 19th century. as part of the snuff factory. Milling was also developed at that time, so that from the mid-19th century to the 1970s, as many as 18 mills were in operation on the Bistrica stream. Mining probably left its deepest mark on the local economy. It is believed that from the beginning of mining in 1883 to 1945, approximately 3.5 million tons of brown coal had been mined. The mines closed in 1975 when the state began to invest substantial resources in the development of industry. In the best of times, Ivanec employed 5,500 people, but today that number has dropped to 3,000. Today the most important economic activities are the shoe factory (Tvornica obuće "Ivančica" dd), the meat industry (Industrija mesa Ivanec "IMI") - the largest beef exporter in Croatia, and "ITAS" - the abbreviation for the machine tool factory Ivanec (" Ivanečka Tvornica Alatnih Strojeva ").


The surrounding villages gravitate towards Ivanec as a larger urban, administrative and educational center (the Ivanec Middle School). Ivanec is also known for its cultural activities, especially the culture-art society “KUD Rudolf Rajter”. The tourist offer is mainly based on mountain climbing in the Ivanščica Mountains.


Ivanec is a small town with an interest in sports. There are clubs in all areas (soccer, handball, basketball, athletics, sport fishing and much more).

  • The best known are the handball players of the second division RK Ekol Ivančica . The club has been playing in the second division since the 2005/2006 season, and was still top notch until the last season. What is interesting about this club is that it was still an amateur club when it was first promoted to the elite league. The players were normal workers, bakers, butchers, bus drivers. But the quality and the will made the unbelievable, the ascent. It was the only amateur team in the first division for 2-3 years until it was professionalized. The home games are played in the gymnasium of the Ivanec elementary school, which is always sold out. The club has a very good handball youth who have won the championship title in Croatia several times. She also repeatedly attracted attention at the European level.
  • In addition to handball, soccer players are no less successful. For a small town like Ivanec, the first division is more of a dream, but you have already played in the second division and are currently in the third division, but in last place (as of February 2006).

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