is a town in northern Croatia
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and the administrative centre of Krapina-Zagorje County
Krapina-Zagorje county is a county in northern Croatia. It encompasses most of the historic region called Hrvatsko Zagorje.The Krapina-Zagorje county is a candidate for being the most idyllic county in Croatia: the many villages and small towns spread out across the hillsides are perfect for...
with a population of 4,482 (2011) and a total municipality population of 12,479 (2011). Krapina is located in the hilly Zagorje
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region of Croatia, approximately 55 km (34.2 mi) away from both Zagreb
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The following settlements comprise the Krapina municipality:
- Bobovje, population 508
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, population 435
- Donja Šemnica
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, population 901
- Gornja Pačetina
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, population 403
- Krapina, population 4,482
- Lazi Krapinski, population 79
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, population 391
- Mihaljekov Jarek, population 470
- Podgora Krapinska, population 568
- Polje Krapinsko, population 667
- Pretkovec, population 65
- Pristava Krapinska, population 213
- Strahinje, population 328
- Straža Krapinska, population 42
- Škarićevo, population 705
- Šušelj Brijeg, population 4
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, population 435
- Trški Vrh
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, population 375
- Velika Ves
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, population 724
- Vidovec Krapinski, population 215
- Vidovec Petrovski, population 95
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, population 96
- Žutnica, population 249
In 1899, on a hill called Hušnjak near modern Krapina, the archaeologist and paleontologist Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger
Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger was a Croatian geologist, paleontologist, and archeologist.-Education:...
found over eight hundred fossil remains belonging to Neanderthals. Moreover, these fossil remains are said to exhibit traces of cannibalism
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and/or mortuary defleshing. At the site where the Neanderthals were discovered, there is now a park with many statues. These statues include a bear, moose, and a beaver.
Krapina has been known since 1193. It has always been a favourite site for castles and country houses of Croatian and Hungarian
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Today it is a reasonably developed town, boasting its festival kajkavskih popevki
sung in the local Kajkavian dialect
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of the Croatian language
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There is also a nearby municipality of Krapinske Toplice
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s of Krapina).
Krapina is also the home of Ljudevit Gaj
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. Ljudevit Gaj was a revolutionary of Krapina, and in 1850 he made a new version of the Croatian grammar. His home is now a museum where visitors can learn about his life and mission.