Bakar (Italian: Buccari, Hungarian: Szádrév) is a town in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County in western Croatia. The population of the town was 8,279 according to the 2011 Croatian census, including 1,473 in the titular settlement.[3] Ninety percent of the population declared themselves Croats by ethnicity. The largest ethnic minority are the Serbs with 2.91% of the population. The old part of Bakar is situated on a hill overlooking the Bay of Bakar. "Bakar" is the Croatian word for copper.

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Town of Bakar
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Bakar is located in Croatia
Location of Bakar in Croatia
Coordinates: 45°19′40″N 14°32′10″E / 45.32778°N 14.53611°E / 45.32778; 14.53611Coordinates: 45°19′40″N 14°32′10″E / 45.32778°N 14.53611°E / 45.32778; 14.53611
Country Croatia
CountyFlag of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.png Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
Settled1st century
Free cityMay 13, 1798
Royal BoroughApril 23, 1799
 • MayorTomislav Klarić (HDZ)
 • City Council
15 members[1]
 • Total8,279
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code051

Bakar is a port for bulk cargo and used to be known for its industrial complex that included a coke factory, which produced a considerable amount of pollution. Bakar's coke factory was closed in 1995 and the area's pollution has subsided significantly.


Population of settlements in Bakar, 2011:
Bakar 1,473
Hreljin 2,206
Krasica 1,353
Kukuljanovo 905
Plosna 44
Ponikve 45
Praputnjak 593
Škrljevo 1,344
Zlobin 316

Coat of armsEdit

Bakar was granted its coat of arms and town privileges in 1799 by Empress Maria Theresa. The coat of arms was in the artistic style typical for the period, with a cartouche with large landscapes and ornamentation around the shield within a circular inscription.

The shield of the coat of arms features a red-and-white checkered top or "chief", with three local gray stone castles on green hills in the middle, and a black anchor on orange at the bottom.

Recognizable buildingsEdit

Bakar Fort
  • Turkish house: built by an unknown architect, possibly in the 14th century, this peculiar building resembles Ottoman architecture. Following 1965 reconstruction the house served as an artistic atelier.
  • Roman house: former monastery, built in the 18th century
  • Parish church of St. Andrew the Apostle: originally built in the 12th century and destroyed in 1323 by earthquake. In the Middle Ages its catacombs were used for wealthy people to hide from plague that passed the city. It is the third largest late Baroque church in Croatia.
  • Kaštel (Castel): A castle built in the 16th century by the order of Emperor Ferdinand I and used as a protection against the Turks. It has three kitchens, two dungeons, little chapel of St. Michael, and many other rooms.


Roads above the town
Port of Urinj INA Refinery in Bakar

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Bakar was a district capital in the Modruš-Rijeka County of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia.

World War IEdit

In February 1918 during WW I Gabriele D'Annunzio and Costanzo Ciano took part in a daring, if militarily irrelevant, naval raid on the harbour of Bakar (known in Italy as La beffa di Buccari, lit. "The Bakar Mockery"), helping to raise the spirits of the Italian public.

After WWI, from the end of 1920, Bakar was one of the major points of entry of thousands of Russian refugees, arriving in the Kingdom of SHS following the end of the Russian Civil War in the European part of the former Russian Empire, mostly from Crimea, after the final defeat of White armies under general Wrangel there in November 1920.

World War IIEdit

During WW II, in Bakar was an Italian concentration camp, where civil population from Province of Ljubljana,[4] as well as Croats and Serbs was interned. It the peak, there was 893 internees.[5]


In 1972 director Radley Metzger filmed his movie Score in Bakar, Croatia.


  1. ^ "Objava konačnih rezultata" (in Croatian). Retrieved 30 May 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Popis stanovništva 2011" (in Croatian). Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Bakar". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  4. ^ Ivanka Zamida: a survivor's testimonial, from 2013 exhibition "The Last Witnesses", National Museum for Contemporary History, Ljubljana
  5. ^ Bakar concentration camp, Online Research project

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