Mursko Središće

Mursko Središće (Hungarian: Muraszerdahely, Kajkavian: Mursko Središče) is the northernmost town in Croatia, located at 46°30′32″N 16°26′28″E / 46.509°N 16.441°E / 46.509; 16.441 (alt. 175 m) and one of the oldest localities in Međimurje County.

Mursko Središće
Grad Mursko Središće
Town of Mursko Središće
Promenade of Mursko Središće
Promenade of Mursko Središće
Coat of arms of Mursko Središće
Mursko Središće is located in Croatia
Mursko Središće
Mursko Središće
Location of Mursko Središće in Croatia
Coordinates: 46°30′N 16°26′E / 46.500°N 16.433°E / 46.500; 16.433
Country Croatia
CountyMedjimurje-flag.gif Međimurje
 • MayorDražen Srpak (HDZ)
 • Town6,307
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
40315 Mursko Središće

Mursko Središće has a total population of 6,307,[1] and an area of 34 km2 (13.13 sq mi). It lies on the river Mura, the natural line dividing Croatia from Slovenia.

Nearby places are Čakovec, Sveti Martin na Muri, Lendava, and Podturen.

Early historyEdit

Mursko Središće is first mentioned in 1334 as Sancti Martini in Zredysche. Historian Ivan Kukuljević-Sakcinski claimed that the site was occupied by the Romans and was known under the name of Helicanum. If true, it would have been a strategic point on the road between Ptuj (Poetovio) in Slovenia and Carnuntum (Petronell) on the river Danube, the post between today's Vienna and Bratislava in Slovakia. The existing road was built in the 1st century. Other historians disagree, claiming that Helicanum might be today's Sveti Martin na Muri or nearby Lendava (Lendva).

The town's residents have always been connected to their river. Since the 4th century BC, there have been reports of floating mills powered by the river's stream. The ancient know-how was later accepted by Slavs, then by Magyars upon their arrival. Several decades ago, many of them were scattered along the river banks. The last one in the town was still operating in the 1970s.

In 1477, Mursko Središće was officially mentioned as an important trade post with three other places in Međimurje (Čakovec, Prelog and Nedelišće). In 1650, the town was known as Muraszerdahely and in 1660 the local chapel of St. Martin was documented. In 1716 the church, that of St. Ladislaus, was built in the gothic style, but was ruined by the flood in 1690. It was then rebuilt in late baroque style.


The town's administrative consists of following settlements:[1]

Historical population:

  • 1771 — 412
  • 1802 — 586
  • 1857 — 938
  • 1900 — 1420
  • 2003 — 3600

Modern developmentEdit

Town centre
Memorial to Croatian defenders in the Croatian War of Independence
Vladimir Nazor Street in Mursko Središće suburb
Road bridge over the Mura River

With the beginning of the 20th century, development was faster thanks to the discovery of crude oil in nearby Selnica and Peklenica in 1856. At the time, oil was treated and used differently, with total production of 6900 t in 1918. In 1901, even for that level of extraction a pipeline was constructed between Mursko Središće and nearby Selnica, the first one in this part of Europe.

Till 1920 Muraszerdahely belonged to Hungary. It was the seat of Muraszerdahely District Zala County. Between 1941 and 1945 it was part of Hungary again.

After World War I, coal was discovered in 1921, and the exploitation of this source of energy began soon after. The first coal mine was opened in 1926, with qualified and experienced workers brought from Slovenia. (There were other points of extraction in Peklenica (even earlier) and Lopatinec. World War II ended the business started by Kraljić & Majhen Co., which was then nationalized and managed under the name of Međimurski ugljenokopi. In that period (1946–1972), coal extraction was significant, with total output of 4,593,961 t, in average 155,000 t each year.

Low prices of gasoline forced the industry to be closed despite the significant reserves. New technology and approaches are needed to continue. Use of existing technology for coal extraction would not be profitable any more.

The building of a railroad between Lendava and Čakovec in 1889 facilitated communication. There are two bridges crossing the river: the first was built for the railroad in 1889, while the second one, used in road transportation, was built in 1968.

People and activitiesEdit

The local elementary school has about 500 pupils.[2] Since the whole area was for centuries influenced by or was part of Hungary, part of its history and culture are still evident today in language, diet, customs, and music.

Forms of organized activities are numerous, such as tennis, basketball, association football, chess, hunting and fishing, and the radio "9A1CMS" club.

There are two singing choirs, one of them adding literary, drama, music tamburitza music and folklore sections, the last run by Franjo Liklin for decades. Portions of the work by renowned ethnomusicologist Vinko Žganec was done here since he was the native of neighboring Vratišinec.


Today, Mursko Središće is the local administrative, business and trade center with industry primarily in the textile, transportation, building materials and more and more tourism. There are numerous places to stay within the town or in proximity to it.


  1. ^ a b c "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Mursko Središće". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  2. ^ Ured državne uprave u Međimurskoj Županiji (11 July 2019). "Broj učenika i razrednih odjela Osnovnih škola Međimurske županije u školskoj godini 2019/2020". Retrieved 21 September 2020.

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