One of the oldest medieval Croatian fortified cities in north of Croatia is Garic, in the middle of Moslavacka hill, and was founded by Stjepan Subic in 1256. In 1295 order of Paulines made a monastery. In 1544 forces of Ottoman Empire took Garic City and riuned it with monastery and small church. Since then, ruines are preserved and became favorite excursion site.

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Nikola Kudrna (8 months ago)
The old fortress that has been a point of defense against Turks centuries ago. In reconstruction (2020.)
Yelena (11 months ago)
If you are in Podgarić definitely check out Garić Grad. You can reach it with the car.
Marko Mihalić (Caram) (12 months ago)
Great for short hiking walk, definitely worth to visit if you're around.
Dragonator (3 years ago)
Strsljenac! Nice drive to get to it but there is a giant hornet's nest on the ruin! You can barely approach it.
Matej Vida (3 years ago)
Awesome old ruins over 500 years old on a big hill surrounded by beautiful forest.
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