Opatija

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. In February the band performed at the Rock Evening of Opatija Festival, and afterwards in Zagreb at the ''Kongres rock majstora'' concert (''Congress of Rock Masters''). The general expectation was that Mihajlović would be declared the best guitarists of the event. However, the judges decided in the end that the top four guitarists were Bata Kostić (of YU grupa), Vedran Božić (of Time (Time (rock band))), Josip Boček (formerly of Korni Grupa) and Goran Bregović


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(of Bijelo Dugme). This decision raised a few eyebrows since all of them were signed to Jugoton record label, the principal event organiser. Shortly after, Smak performed as a support band on the Deep Purple concert in Belgrade. This further expanded their growing fan base. '''Croatia'''’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was chosen on 4 March using the ''Dora'' competition in the seaside resort of Opatija, the place where the first ''Dora'' was held. Severina Vučković was chosen with the song "Moja štikla" (My stiletto), which was described as a turbo-folk song with humorous lyrics and Balkan folk motifs. The lyrics were written by Severina, the music by Boris Novković (Croatian representative in 2005 (Eurovision Song Contest 2005)) and Franjo Valentić, and arrangement by popular Bosnian-born musician Goran Bregović. Due to Serbia & Montenegro’s withdrawal from the contest this year, Croatia automatically qualified for the final based on the previous year's performance, eventually coming 13th with 56 points. Ivkov won the inaugural World Junior Chess Championship in 1951 at Birmingham; this tournament was established for players under age 20. He continued his progress with two solid showings in Yugoslav Championships: at Sarajevo 1951 he tied 10th-12th places with 9.5 19 (winner Braslav Rabar), and at Belgrade 1952 he tied 7th-9th places with 10 19 (winner Petar Trifunović). At Opatija 1953, Ivkov scored 10 17 for a shared 4th-6th place; the winner was Aleksandar Matanović. Ivkov was still eligible by age in 1953 to try to repeat his World Junior success; at Copenhagen he won his preliminary group with 7 9, but scored only 3.5 7 in the finals to place tied 3rd-4th, as Oscar Panno and Klaus Darga tied at the top. 250px right thumb "Mandrač" in Volosko (Image:Volosko, Croatia - mandrac 1.jpg) '''Volosko''' (Italian: ''Volosco, Volosca'') is a part of the city of Opatija, located in the Kvarner Gulf in western Croatia. It is located in the north of Opatija, on the road towards Kastav and Rijeka. language German


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'', the modern Lovran. In the Middle Ages the current town's territory was divided between Veprinac (now a locality of Opatija, perhaps home to a small fishing port) and Kastav, where the fisherman village of Veprinac. The Benedictine Abbey of St. James was mentioned for the first time in 1453, and around it a small hamlet developed during the centuries. The town's modern history began in 1844, when Iginio Scarpa, a rich merchant from Rijeka, founded Villa Angiolina. In 1872 Railways came to Matulji and thus opened the path for the development of tourism in Opatija and Lovran. In 1882 Friedrich Julius Schüler, the Managing Director of Southern Railways started the construction of villas and hotels in Opatija and Lovran, and was responsible for the unique lungomare and parks (the Company engaged Carl Schubert, director of the Viennese Emperial-Royal Society for the construction of parks). In 1882, Cesar-royal Society of the Southern railway from Vienna, led by Julius Schuler, purchased the first land with Villa Angiolina in Opatija. There, in the park Angiolina today stands FJ Schüler's bust, the work of the sculptor Hans Rathausky. It became a fashionable destination for the Austrian imperial family and Austrian nobility and soon more luxury hotels and villas were built. The first luxury hotel – Hotel "Quarnero" (1884) (today "Grand Hotel Kvarner") was built to the plans by the Viennese architect Franz Wilhelm. The hotel Kronprinzessin Stephanie was opened in 1885, named after crown princess Stephanie, wife of Rudolf of Habsburg, and they both appeared at the opening. Architect Franz Wilhelm offered all luxury to the guests of the hotel, from the central heating to the pool, and, later, the cinema hall, which was connected to the central part of the hotel. In 1887 - Heinrich von Littrow established the "Union Yacht Club Quarnero" in Opatija (founded in June July 1886) - the first sailing club on the Adriatic. In 1889 The Austrian government officially declared Abbazia ( Opatija) as the first climatic seaside resort on the Adriatic. After the hotels, the building of villas started, for the needs of more demanding guests. The first villa was the "Amalia", in the immediate vicinity of the hotel "Quarnero" in 1890 as hotel's annex. Opatija's first guide was published in 1883 in Vienna with the title ''Abbazia, Idylle von der Adria''. The same year saw the publication of ''Abbazia und seine Umgebung'' by Noe Heinrich, who in 1884 published Tagebuch aus Abbazia (Diary from Opatija). Joseph Rable printed ''Curort und Seebad Abbazia'' (Spa and the bathing beach in Opatija), and Peter von Radics wrote a guidebook simply titled '' Abbazia''. Abbazia is best known nowadays as the venue for a chess tournament devoted to the King’s Gambit in 1912. The Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I (Franz Joseph I of Austria) used to spend several months here during the winter. Many of these late 19th-century luxury hotels and villas have survived to present times. In 1920 Opatija was assigned to Italy. Two years later, with the advent of Fascism (Italian Fascism), the Italian government started a program of forced italianization of the population, and most of the public positions were assigned to Italian-speaking citizens. The upper floor of Villa Amalia was built in 1930, and the building was renovated to become the summer residence of the House of Savoy. In 1947 Opatija was given to Yugoslavia; most of the Italian-speaking population, whose percentage had substantially increased in the past years, emigrated to Italy. In 1963 the Hotel Adriatic, by the architect Andrija Cicin-Sain and his team was completed. Hotel "Adriatic" was the first hotel built in Opatija after the Austro-Hungarian era. The rooms of hotel "Adriatic" have been described as novelties in the hospitality industry. The "Casino Rosalia" was opened in Opatija – the first casino in Eastern Europe. In 1981 the Hotel "Admiral" and marina (200 berths and 40 dry berths) were completed. After the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, the town became part of Croatia. In 2004, 160th anniversary of tourism in Opatija, the Exclusive hotels "Wisteria" (ex "Continental"), "Melia" (ex "Soča"), "Camelia" (ex "Brijuni") and "Magnolia" (ex "Miran") were open under the name of the Grand Hotel 4 Opatijan flowers as well as Hotels "Miramar" and "Savoy" (ex "Dubrovnik"). In 2010 The town of Bad Ischl, near Salzburg, became the first Austrian partner city of Opatija. The charter was signed on 30 October by mayors Hannes Heide and Ivo Dujmić. Landmarks The old 14th-century Benedictine abbey, ''Opatija Sv. Jakova'' ("Abbey of Saint James"), from which the town derives its name (''opatija'' means "abbey" in Croatian (Croatian language)) is located in ''Park Svetog Jakova'' or Saint James's Park. Saint James's church, built in 1506 and enlarged in 1937, now stands on the same spot. The neo-Romanesque Church of the Annunciation with its pronounced green cupola, was designed in 1906 by architect Karl Seidl. Another sight is the Villa Angiolina, built in 1844 by Iginio Scarpa. This villa, transformed into a museum. Since 1844. Villa Angiolina had many prominent guests Opatija is known for the ''Maiden with the seagull'', a statue by Zvonko Car (1956), which is positioned on a promontory by the Juraj Šporer art pavilion. It has turned into one of symbols of Opatija. A gilded variant of the statue Madonna, that once stood here but was demolished by communists after the end of World War II, now stands in front of Saint James's Church. The town park Angiolina contains many species of plants from all over the world. It has been protected since 1968. Close-by, vis-a-vis Hotel Imperial, stands the statue ''The Fountain - Helios and Selena'', a work of the Austrian sculptor Hans Rathautsky from 1889. There is a 12 km-long promenade along the entire riviera, the Lungomare from Volosko, via Opatija, to Lovran. Notable people


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to stardom. By winning at the Opatija festival with song "Gori vatra" written by Kemal Monteno, Čolić got to represent SFR Yugoslavia (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest (Eurovision Song Contest 1973) on 7 April 1973 in Luxembourg (Luxembourg (city)). The song placed poorly, but became a massive hit at home. death_date death_place Opatija, Austria-Hungary


historical population

- Helios and Selena'', a work of the Austrian sculptor Hans Rathautsky from 1889. There is a 12 km-long promenade along the entire riviera, the Lungomare from Volosko, via Opatija, to Lovran. Notable people


numerous nature

a significant tourist destination, rivaling major coastal cities and resorts.


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. During 1978, former Suncokret members Biljana Krstić and Bora Đorđević joined the band (forming the most famous Rani Mraz lineup), and together they recorded "Računajte na nas" ("Count on Us"), written by Balašević, "Računajte na nas" "Strađšan žulj" at Discogs a song which celebrated the youth's adoption of the communism communist

to stardom. By winning at the Opatija festival with song "Gori vatra" written by Kemal Monteno, Čolić got to represent SFR Yugoslavia (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest (Eurovision Song Contest 1973) on 7 April 1973 in Luxembourg (Luxembourg (city)). The song placed poorly, but became a massive hit at home. death_date death_place Opatija, Austria-Hungary


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: ''Maršala Tita'') One of the two main streets in Sarajevo is called Marshal Tito Street. In 1978, he left Žetva and, together with Verica Todorović, formed the band Rani Mraz (''Early Frost''). The band had its début at the 1978 music festival in Opatija with the song "Moja prva ljubav" ("My First Love"). Rani Mraz had unsteady lineup, but managed, however, to gain huge popularity with Balašević's pop rock-oriented songs released on 7" singles


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; Later a large number of resorts sprang up along the coast and numerous islands, offering services ranging from mass tourism to catering and various niche markets, the most significant being nautical tourism, as there are numerous marinas with more than 16 thousand berths, cultural tourism relying on appeal of medieval coastal cities and numerous cultural events taking place during the summer. Inland areas offer mountain resorts, agrotourism and spas. Zagreb is also


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of the time. Several days later the band performed at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology (University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology). This was the band's first performance with their new keyboard player Laza Ristovski (a former Bezimeni and Boki Milošević Orchestra member). This was Ristovski's guest performance. He officially became a member in January 1975. Soon after, Smak performed with Hungaria (Hungary)n band Omega (Omega (band)) in Dom Sindikata Hall

Opatija

'''Opatija''' ( ) is a town in western Croatia, just southwest of Rijeka on the Adriatic coast. As of 2011, the town had 11,659 inhabitants in total, of which 6,657 lived in the urban settlement.

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