Gavrilović meat industry

In the year 1773, Empress Maria Theresa decided upon Petrinja as a centre for craft guild, which included the entire territory of the Military Frontier (Vojna krajina). Among the many guilds in Petrinja, one of the founders of the butcher’s guild were brothers Gavrilović.


In the year 1809, brothers Gavrilović became the main suppliers for Napoleon’s troops located in the former Military Frontier. On the occasion of the annual military exercises in the year 1848, the Gavrilović brothers were also the main suppliers of the Governor Josip Jelačić’s army. By developing their craft, experiencing many ups and downs, Gavrilović manufacture grew into a recognizable meat industry. Gavrilović products have won numerous awards at international exhibitions, while the character of little Jelica still promotes the name Gavrilović, as well as the tradition of Petrinja’s skilled butchers.

With zimska, čajna, srijemska or graničarska salami taste a part of the history and make your palate happy.

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Pottery and ceramic crafts

Pottery is considered to be the oldest, the most widespread and best known Petrinja’s craft due to the high quality clay deposits.


This craft flourished in the mid-19th century employing more than 100 craftsmen.

According to some written documents, the craft of making pottery was well developed due to the well-known type of high quality clay found in the area, which was also supplied to the Art Academy and the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb. One of the artists working with this clay was a famous sculptor Mila Wood, who made the statue of Stjepan Radić (1929). This statue of clay was baked in the workshop of Šandor Stanešić, later to be cast in bronze and put in the centre of the square in Petrinja bearing the same name (1936). Out of all the souvenirs, a “stucka” stands out – a ceramic container, once used for carrying water or wine, and today one of the traditional souvenirs of Petrinja. For years, the tradition of pottery and ceramic crafts has been nurtured by Matej Stanešić, and his successor is Valentino Valent.

  • Pottery and ceramics workshop Stucka
    Ljudevita Gaja 30
    Tel: 816-308
    mob: 091 6050 445
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Weaving skills of the women from Petrinja capture the diversity of this region and the beauty of nature transferred to local woven cloth decorated with flowers and ornaments on traditional costumes, decorative items and clothing, as well as on the original souvenirs.


In this field of work, the most notable ethnic souvenir is a miniature “Pokupska Paculjica”, created by Kata Šešerin in her home industry and handicraft. It is the first protected unique item from Petrinja, declared in 2009 and in accordance with the decision of the State Intellectual Property Office. The original paculjica is an ornamental headdress embroidered in silk on the domestic woven canvas and decorated with unique lace pattern (so-called špice). Paculjica is a part of the festive folk costume native to Pokuplje area. It used to make a visual difference between a girl and a married woman and it was first put on the head on the wedding day, after the bride took off her wedding dress and wore a traditional costume. This festive costume with paculjica was later worn to church and on special occasions.

The size of this souvenir is 12-15 cm.

  • Home industry and handicrafts Kata Šešerin
    Đure Pekeca 20
    Tel: 813 281
    Mob: 091 601 21 34
  • Home industry and handicrafts Ruža Ratkić
    Ive Malina 27
    mob: 098 931 2321
  • Folk handicraft Željko Cotić
    Vinogradska 1b
    tel: 813-788
    095 895 47 07
  • Cifer – wooden jewellery and objects – Marijan Šešerin
    Đure Pekeca 20
    Tel: 813 281
  • Student cooperative Stucka
    Osnovna škola Dragutina Tadijanovića
    tel: 811-900
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Petrinja and its surrounding villages and settlements are known for preserving the traditions of folklore and nurturing old original heritage.


Through their work, Petrinja’s cultural and artistic societies and associations contribute to the preservation of old customs, songs and dances, and highlight the beauty and diversity of folk costumes, some of which have been preserved from ancient times onwards and are more than a hundred years old.

  • Folklore ensemble Petrinjčica
    tel: 815-205 mob: 099/733-0444 e-mail:
  • KUD Hrastovička gora
    Hrastovica bb,
    Tel: 861-142, 861-157,
  • HKUD Mošćenica
    A. Starčevića 124,
    tel: 733-261
  • KUD Budičanka
    Budičina 65
    Tel: 861-200
  • KUD Čuntičanka
    Hrvatski Čuntić
    Tel: 549-450
  • KUU Seljačka sloga
    Graberje 76
    Tel: 825-075
    Mob: 098/778-649
  • Association Đeram
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For centuries, Petrinja’s inhabitants have been taking care of bees and enjoying their products. As early as in the 17th and 18th centuries, Petrinja occupied one of the leading positions in Croatia for the production of honey, while ever since the year 1892 Petrinja has organized training for beekeepers. Many interesting facts are associated with Petrinja and its beekeepers.

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The most important person who marked the advancement of beekeeping in Petrinja was Milan Krizman, a teacher and innovator who constructed a modern type of hive called Krizmanovka in 1926, and won the silver medal at Dubrovnik exhibition. Two years later a beekeeping cooperative was founded, while since 1952 a beekeepers association has been permanently active in Petrinja. Another important interesting fact connected to Petrinja is the invention of the beekeeper Stipe Balen, who in 1972 created the first mobile apiary in Croatia. Travelling for bee pastures, Petrinja beekeepers popularized this type of beekeeping and so-called moving beehives became very common in just a few years. The area of Petrinja abounds in intact forest landscape whose uniqueness is highly visible through large areas of chestnut forests and extremely appreciated chestnut honey. Great scientist Albert Einstein once said: “If bees disappear from the planet Earth, human as a species has about 4 years left to live.”

  • Beekeepers association Petrinja

    Dragutina Careka 2
    Tel: 815-138
    Pčelarstvo Priljeva
    Mije Srnaka 40
    Tel: 816 379
    mob: 098 1971 171
  • Apiary PriljevaMije Srnaka 40
    Phone: 816 379
    Mobile phone: 098 1971 171
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Wine growing

The tradition of wine growing and production in Petrinja and its surroundings dates back to the 18th century when Petrinja’s winegrowers intensively planted vines and grew diverse varieties of grapes.


Petrinja’s wine-growing area includes Petrinja, Sisak, Lekenik, Jabukovac, Sunja and Glina. After the Homeland War, many Petrinja’s winegrowers worked with great enthusiasm on rebuilding their vineyards, which were destroyed and abandoned for a long time. A lot has been invested in preserving the tradition of wine growing in Petrinja, and ever since the year  2004 a Festival and public evaluation of the wine belonging to Petrinja’s area has been conducted, with the aim of raising the quality of the wine. Indigenous varieties of Petrinja’s vineyards are Dišeća ranina, white and škrlet.

  • Wine and fruit growers’ association Petrinjsko vinogorje
    Tel: 816-026
    mob: 099 217 6242
  • Winery Marinčić

    Frankopanska 18, Sisak
    Tel.: 521-404
    Mob.: 091 589 2346
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Additional Information

  • Turistička zajednica Grada Petrinje
    Trg dr.Franje Tuđmana 4
    Petrinja, Hrvatska
    Tel:385 (0)44 813 876; 815 431
    Fax:385(44) 813 746
    E mail
    OIB: 20715459997
    IBAN: HR5424070001188013177
  • Grad Petrinja
    Ured gradonačelnika
    Tel./fax:385 44 515-200, 515-207
  • Stručna služba grada
    Tel./fax:385 44 515-232
  • Radno vrijeme gradske upraveOd 7:30 do 15:30



06.02.2016 Petrinja’s Carnival will be held on February 6, 2016 on Trg hrvatskih branitelja. Visitors are welcome to enjoy musical and theatrical programmes with a lot of laughter and dance, promenade...


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