"Sombor - "Green town"" Sombor by Ivana5
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I love my hometown becouse it is mixture of old and new, tradition and customs. But the thing that I specilly love about it is it's greenery. Sombor is also known as a "Green Town" ="Zeleni grad" (in my language), and as "Ravangrad" = that would be somethind like "Flat town"
People say that one town is loved if there are songs about it. Well if that is the truth then Sombor is really loved town, that has is face, soul, aroma; that is easy to live in and hard to leave.
This is one very popular song about Sombor:
"IN THIS SOMBOR TOWN"
" In this Sombor town
All abundance and all fine
Women even drinking wine
In this Sombor town.
Ever since this artesian well
Beans've been cooked
And ham keeps longer
In this Sombor town.
A wife's what I need me
Busy like a bee
And I'll command lordly
In this Sombor town."
(The lyrics of the present-day "anthem of Sombor" were written before World War One
by Blashko Markovic, a mason)
P.S. Well, here at the begining I must say that many of these photos were taken from books or from Interenet - so I APOLOGIZE to all of you!
Sombor is situated on northwest of Serbia and Montenegro, in region called Vojvodina, realy near to Hungarian and Croatian border.
Today Sombor is a municipality and the seat of the West Backa County, which also includes the townships of Apatin, Kula and Odzaci, with a total of 216,000 inhabitants according to the 1991 census, and an area of 2,386 sq km.
The municipality of Sombor itself is 1200 sq km in area with fifteen villages and 16 larger farmsteads, a total of about 100,000 inhabitants, half of them constituting the urban population.
The town itself has about 50.000 people, and the populatin of Sombor is made up of more than 20 national groups (belive me-even I myself cannot count even half of them).
The name "Greet town" comes from the fact that it is the greenest town in Serbia and Montenegro.
Today the town has more than 18,000 trees and a total length of about 120 km of alleys, making the real tunnels of greenery. Hackberry trees (Celtis australis), "bodjosh" - in local laguage, have become the symbol of its greenery, but there are also limes, chestnuts, birches, maples, yews, platans.
The first alleys were planted by the consumptive mayor of Sombor Beno Csihas in the late 1880s.
The town looks specialy beutiful in spring - when all trees get green, making the "green tunnels" of its branches.
And to teel something more about it's greenery here is a little story that I herad few years ago - One soldier that was serving the army in Sombor told: "Nice town this Sombor - but why was it built in the middle of forest?!?"
Only a few centuries ago at the ground where Sombor is today it was unproductive swamp. River Mostonga separated this ground on 14 islands, and at one of them - the town first known as Cobor Szent Mihaly (Cobor Sveti Mihalj) begin to grow.Under this name the town is first mentioned in documents from 1391. It was in property of Cobor family.
But in 1514 the Turks have conquested it , and from 1543 the town was known as Sombor.
After the arrival or Turks, the Slav people left the town, building their homes outside the walls of town, living out of agriculture; and Hungarian people went north. The city become typical Turkish town with 7 mosques, hammams, Turkish baths,schools,...
After the Turks have lost the battle at Vienna (in 1683), Senta and Slankamen - the town was finally libereted in 1687, after 146 years of Turkish ruling.
Since that time Serbians and Croatians had their own military captain, the town got the name "Oppodium militare Sombor".
In the beginning of XVIII centery Sombor experienced great economy developement, and in 1717, for the first time, it was mentioned as town (with main goal to be military town).
After a long time in the year of 1749, for the amount of 150.000 Hungarian forints (payed in gold), the empress Maria Theresia gave Sombor the status - "Sombor- free and royal town".
- Pros:Nice and quite city, good food, frendly people, lot, lot of greenery
- Cons:Maybe too "quite" and too slow town and a way of living
- In a nutshell:"City in a park" or "Park in the city"
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