Donja Dubrava – Alsódomboru

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Donja Dubrava is the only village in the municipality with the same name and it is located in the corner of the Međimurje triangle where the Mura and Drava Rivers meet. Donja Dubrava is 35 kilometers from Čakovec and 21 kilometers from Koprivnica. The international border crossing with Hungary in Goričan is 18 kilometers away. According to the latest census in 2011, 1932 inhabitants live in the settlement.

The name Dubrava comes from the Slavic root dub which is mainly interpreted as oak, i.e. a big, powerful tree. Donja Dubrava was mentioned as Dombra in the late 15th century. Two centuries later, in 1673 Stjepan Glavač indicated the location on the map as Dubrava. During the rule of the Zrinskis, Donja Dubrava was under the control of the Vojvodat of Kotoriba and it became an important strategic location where the building of the fortress Novi Zrin began. Considering the continued weakening of the Ottoman authorities, there opened up the possibility for the liberation of the country. Ban Nikola VII. Zrinski decided to organize offensive actions, and as an immediate consequence there was the construction of the fortress of Novi Zrin. On the left bank of the Mura River, a simple fort was built similar to the shape of a horn opening towards the river. A smaller square building was built on its right bank. After a three-week siege, on June 30th, 1664 the Ottomans occupied the area. On July 7th, they burned Novi Zrin to the ground. The fortress disappeared, but on the maps from the early 18th century it is still marked. According to the shameful peace agreement signed in Vasvári, Novi Zrin could not be rebuilt. In 2001, a monument was erected in the area to commemorate Ban Nikola Zrinski of Čakovec.

Besides what is already stated, in Donja Dubrava there are several buildings dating back to the 19th century worth visiting, such as the former home of the Hirschler family (now a Health centre), as well as the Kaufmann and Zalan family house. Annual tourist events relating to tradition include Carnival (Fašenjk) and the Festival of Međimurje folklore, and other festivals.