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Đakovo is a peaceful little town, where the din of bicycles and the dribbling of basketballs on a Sunday afternoon outdo the roar of cars. The relatively bustling pedestrian main street is Ivana Pavla II, whose far end has a little parish church that was built rather cleverly from a former 16th-century mosque, one of the few remaining structures left in Slavonia from 150 years of Ottoman rule. The best time to be in town is the last weekend in September, during the annual Đakovački Vezovi (Đakovo Embroidery Festival), which sees a folklore show replete with traditional embroidered costumes, folk dancing, and folk singing, an array of song-and-dance performances, and an all-around party atmosphere—even a show by the famous Lipizzaner horses.


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