Ilok, this old royal city rises above the Danube, in the area of Srijem, surrounded by the slopes of Frushka gora and endless vineyards, inheriting its rich and turbulent past. The name Ilok was first mentioned in 1267, and the most famous owner of Ilok was Nikola Ilochki, in the 15th century, a Croatian-Hungarian nobleman in whose time the city center was fortified with walls that are mostly preserved, and today are one of the sights of Ilok.Ilok has found its place on the tourist map of Croatia, and in addition to locals, this tame town in the far east of Croatia is increasingly visited by guests from European countries, leaving them full of impressions of Ilok's beauties and the mighty Danube, wine and gastronomy, peace and slow pace of life of the inhabitants there. Ilok, as the easternmost settlement of the Republic of Croatia, is often called "the place where Croatia begins".Ilok is associated with another interesting line from history with the question "Why do church bells ring at noon?". The common and everyday fact that church bells ring at noon has a strong connection with Ilok and Capistrano. Namely, when the news of the victory of the Christian army over the Ottomans near Belgrade under the leadership of Ivan Hunjadi (Janko from Sibiu) reached Capistrano and the then pope in Rome, he ordered all the bells to ring in that name and glory. This act has remained part of the Christian religious ritual to this day.
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