Serbia to Reconstruct Historic Home of Croatian 19th Century Statesman

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Ban Josip Jelačić’s birthplace is located in Petrovaradin in Serbia.

President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić said on Monday that half a million euros had been paid to the Croatian National Council of Vojvodina in Serbia for the renovation of Ban Josip Jelačić’s birthplace in Petrovaradin, reports Novi List on October 16, 2017.

Vučić announced the news on Ban Jelačić’s birthday – the 16th of October, 1801.

“On this important day for Croats, we wanted to demonstrate that we would do what we had promised. I think that Serbs and citizens of Serbia should be proud of that,” Vučić said during a joint press conference with Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Čović.

Vučić also confirmed that Serbia had already paid additional 500,000 euros for the reconstruction of a historic church in Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, adding that it was done at the request of Čović. He pointed out that Serbia earlier paid 200,000 euros to rebuild an Orthodox church in Mostar, which was demolished during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992.

The Serbian President announced that Serbia would be a partner country at the Mostar Economic Fair and would be “strongly presented” at the major economic event. At a joint press conference after the meeting with Čović, Vučić said that Serbia was ready to hold a trilateral meeting between Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, adding that the three countries were probably the crucial nation group in the Western Balkans region.

Josip Jelačić Bužimski was a general and a Ban (viceroy) of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia from 1848 to 1859, a member of the Jelačić noble family, and one of the most important Croatian politicians, both in the 19th century and in the whole of Croatian history. He abolished serfdom and called the first elections for the Croatian Parliament. As a military leader, he won a series of battles against rebels in the Habsburg Monarchy during the revolution in Hungary in 1848. In Croatia, he is celebrated as a national hero. He died in 1859 in Zagreb. His monument is displayed at the main square in Zagreb, which is named after him.


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