Gospić The city of Gospić is the centre of Lika – the administrative, cultural and traffic centre, which also holds around 50 surrounding settlements in its structure. The city area has been marked with a turbulent past, developing from the Stone Age, through national governments, Turkish invasions and finally becoming acknowledged as the centre of
Sports & nature
Gospić is in the middle of Lika field on a crossing of roads and coasts of three rivers: Lika, Novčica and Bogdanica. Outside of the city, you can visit two park forests – Jasikovac and Vujnovića brdo. Interestingly, in the Jasikovac area, in 1900., a tennis court was located and one of the first tennis clubs in this part of Europe was founded. Gospić is surrounded by preserved nature, so you can enjoy light walks or start exploring on bicycles using the many cycling trails in the city and its vicinity.
Culture and history info
First trace of Gospić is mentioned in a 13th ct. document, which, among other things, lists Kasezi settlement on the left shore of Lika river next to the Novčica creek, i.e. in the place where the city stands now. Nowadays, from the Novčica bridge, you can see the remains of Agha Senkovic’s tower, simultaneously, the oldest house in town. After the liberation from the Ottomans, in the 18th ct., a cathedral of The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built, and just a bit sooner – a chapel of John of Nepomuk. Besides, in the city centre, you can see the bronze statue of a girl called “Marta Vodarica”(Marta the Water Bearer) placed in honor of the finalization of the city’s water system. Out of cultural establishments in town, we can point out the Museum of Lika Gospić – part of which is the Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre as well, only 6 km away from town. Noticeable old building in town is the State Archive, under which protection is the Remembrance-home of Ante Starčević in his birthplace called Veliki Žitnik.