Našice (pronounced [naʃitsɛ]) is a town in eastern Croatia, located on the northern slopes of the Krndija mountain in eastern Slavonia, 51 km southwest of regional hub Osijek. Administratively it belongs to Osijek-Baranja County.
Chief occupations are farming and angling on 11 km2 of fishing ground. Major industries include metal processing, cement, (at Našice cement), the stone excavation. Also wood processing, textiles and food.
The city was first mentioned in 1229 under the name of Nekche. In the 13th century, the Knights Templar came to Našice and built a church. The town was a feudal property of the Pejačević family until 1945. It was conquered by Ottoman Empire in 1541 and was part of Sanjak of Pojega till Austrian conquest in 1687.
|Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, DZS, Zagreb, 2005|
The municipality of Našice includes the following settlements:
Rich hunting grounds can be found in the immediate surroundings, and the fishpond Našička Breznica and Lake Lapovac offer fine angling opportunities. Slavonian cuisine and freshwater fish are a part of the gastronomic offerings of the town and its surroundings.
As an economic and cultural centre is famous for its valuable cultural and historical heritage, (the Gothic church, two manor houses, exhibitions of the art colony "Hinko Juhn"). Našice plays an important role in business and excursionist tourism. The nice park by both of the Pejačević manors (horticultural monument). The private zoo of the Bizik family in nearby in Markovac Našički as well as the interesting surroundings at the foot of the Krndija hill emphasize the importance of natural beauty.
The municipality has an official memorial-area Crni Potok, dedicated to Croatian quisling soldiers and civilians killed at the site by members of the Yugoslav Partisans. The site is commemorated annually on the third Saturday in June.
Sports opportunities comprise tennis court, a football ground with accompanying facilities, and boating on the local waters. Footballers from Našice include Panathinaikos midfielder Danijel Pranjić and Danijel Stojanović. Football club NK NAŠK plays in Croatian Third Football League.
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