Updated: April 17, 2021
The municipality of Cernik develops tourist activities in several directions, among which religious and educational tourism is particularly emphasized. In addition to the increasing number of individual visitors, the value of content in Cernik has been recognized by many educational institutions in the county that organize educational trips for students to Cernik in order to expand their knowledge of local history.
Cernik has been inhabited since ancient times (Neolithic settlements on Slavči hill and in Cernicka Sagovina – Starčevo culture). Found in written historical sources, it is mentioned for the first time in 1255. In the early Middle Ages Cernik was the center of a large parish from Sava to Psunj in the Diocese of Pécs.
The Cernik fort and estate were mentioned in written monuments in 1363 as the property of the Desseffy de Csernek et Tarkeo nobles, and in the early Middle Ages, the tribe of Boric, Berislavic, and Desislavic (nobiles de Chernuk) came from here. Where their first fortress (town) Drinovac was was never determined. Most historians agree that the fortress Drinovac has always been rebuilt in the same place, in the area of today’s Baroque castle. This fort was built in the style of lowland forts. Wasserburg with trenches, bastions and water trenches. The Cernic fortress was erected on the eve of the Turkish conquests and was tasked with defending the approach to the royal town of Pozega. After World War II, the castle was nationalized, and since then it has not been significantly invested in its maintenance.
From 1728 the Franciscan monastery and the wooden church of Sv. Peter, who is today the center of culture and religious tourism. The monastery library has about 7000 books (two incunabula). The Gallery of Contemporary Art (the legacy of F. Kulmer and the donation of A. Bauer) has been opened at the monastery, where appropriate exhibitions of painting and sculpture works are held (Art Colony, Bićanić).
A part of the monastery houses the Museum of Exhibitions from the Holy Land (unique in Europe), and within the monastery circle, there is a small zoo, all accessible to organized groups.
Visitors can visit the renovated church of Sv. Leonard about 2 km away from the center of the town, the end of which is a miraculous well (according to folk tradition, the water from this source heals various diseases, infertility and protects against spells).
Remains of the medieval fortresses of Saga, Gracanica, and Podvrski are available for hikers and hikers. Cernik also houses one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Croatia.
The Orasje fishing lake and the Bacica dam attract fishermen and the rich hunting grounds of Psunja are hunters (mouflon, deer, wild boar).
Village chapels and the remains of old rural architecture (kiri, bread ovens), as well as Slavonian cuisine and drinks, provide opportunities for rural tourism development.
As a peculiarity in Cernik, pork loaves are baked at the pig farm – an indigenous product of pastry cookies and minced meat for sausages baked in the oven. Private winemakers can find quality and top quality wines and Slavonian plum brandy, and good cuisine in the area.
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