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Zrinska gora is a hilly area located among the rivers of Kupa, Sava, Una, Glina, and Glinica (named after the old town of Zrin) with several relatively separate units (Zrinska gora, Trgovska gora or Bužimska, and Hrastovačka gora), and all of them bear the stamp of historical undertakings of the family Zrinski.
Zrinska gora is one of the three richest regions in Croatia regarding the reserves of fresh drinking water, and it is the richest chestnut area in Southeast Europe. Zrinska gora is characteristic not only for the town of Petrinja, but also for the southern part of Sisak-Moslavina County. It is mainly made of elevated slopes or so-called kosa, of which the highest are Šamarica, Anđelina kosa, Popov gaj, Vješala, Kobiljak and Vratnik. Šamarica is the central and highest area of Zrinska gora, stretching in the north-northeast direction in the length of ten kilometres and separating the territories of Glina and Petrinja from the territory of Dvor.
Hrastovačka gora is a north-western leg of Zrinska gora, which is sharply cut from it by the Petrinjičica river valley. It covers the largest area of the town of Petrinja. It stretches from the northwest (confluence of the rivers Glina and Kupa, near Vratečko) to the Sunja creek in the southeast. Its highest peak is Cepeliš (415 m) above the village of Hrastovica.
Hrastovačka gora is impressive in variety of its natural resources. It is the home to numerous species of venison, while the forests of beech and chestnut cover almost the whole area and spread down towards the outskirts of settlements and many creeks. It all provides the visitors with pleasant shade in the summer, while they can enjoy chestnut fruits in the autumn. Steep wooded slopes are also rich in numerous small water springs. From the aspect of tourism, the interest can be found in sedimentary formations on several locations, such as Bijele stijene and a few abandoned quarries, where there are visible fossils of shellfish, red algae, fungus colonies, coral and sea urchins, or actually the wildlife of the former Pannonian Sea. Finally, there are certain opportunities for the development of spelunking tourism offered by the Šušnjar cave near the village of the same name. The cave is largely unexplored, but due to its geological structure it is considered to be unique in Europe.
At the location of today’s Petrinja, the continuity of habitation can be traced back to the 1592, when the Turkish fort was built at the mouth of the rivers Petrinjčica and Kupa.
When this fort was destroyed in 1728, a few clusters of houses were already formed – known as Kaverlin, Majdanci and Kaniža. The second part of the 18th century was marked with the economic boost and development, which influenced a significant growth in building activities and the construction of the town. In that period, the main streets as we know them were constructed, with recognizable examples of baroque and classicist architecture, at the road intersections. The town centre located at the exact intersection of several communication directions is dominated by the Strossmayer’s promenade, the town’s park with exotic shrubs and rare trees, protected by the state in the category of garden architecture.
The Petrinjčica springs out from the peaks of Zrinska gora, at the altitude of 560 m. Due to a large height difference between its source and mouth (460 m), it forcefully erodes and cuts riverbeds.
The length of the river flow is 36 km, while the area of the river basin covers 150 square kilometres. Together with some 20 species of fish that are characteristic of a mountain river, it inhabits eight species of threatened and endangered fish. Petrinjĉica and its watershed represent a diverse nature reserve with deposits of fossils from the era of Mesozoic.
The river Kupa, a protected hydrological natural monument (296 km), largely makes the northern border of the town of Petrinja. Along its Petrinja flow, it is a wide and quiet river, with numerous natural sandy beaches and river isles.
The town beach is located near the confluence of the Petrinjčica and Kupa rivers, and has been declared the most beautiful public beach in the area of Sisak-Moslavina County.
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