Marija Gorica

The Municipality of Marija Gorica lies in the northwestern part of Zagreb County. It is primarily a hilly region. The small, lowland part of the municipality extends in the west to the Sutla River, which is also the border line between Croatia and Slovenia. On the southeastern side, the municipality is bounded by the municipality of Brdovec, to the northeast by the municipality of Pušća, and to the north by the municipality of Dubravica. The highest geographical point of this area is the Kipišće hill (altitude 312 m), and Lipa hill (297 m). The Sveti Križ hill, with its altitude of 310 m is also an important hill and viewing point. Looking from here to the east, Mount Medvedinca dominates with its impressive appearance, while the view to the north extends all the way to the Macelj hills. Turning to the west, the view falls over the Sutla River and Sava River valleys in Slovenia, the town of Brežice, Krško, and the Slovenian hills, and even the snowy peaks of the Alps are visible. The municipality has good road and rail connections with the City of Zagreb, 26 km away.

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Hoe tusker from Marija Gorica

The crest of the Municipality of Marija Gorica depicts a strange creature – the hoe tusker, or a pre-elephant scientifically identified as Dinotherium giganteum. The discovery of various strange find have marked the past of many European cities, and the discovery of fossilized bones, tusks or horns has created legends of the prehistoric life and origin of many places. The scientific interpretation of these fossils raised palaeontology to the level of a scientific discipline, and these European discoveries of the hoe tusker created the myth of these mysterious and terrible mammals from the geological past. The first discovery of the toe husker, Dinotherium in Croatia was made in Marija Gorica in the early 20th century, when chaplain G. Habek and pupil J. Župana found the fossil remains of this giant animal. Six teeth were discovered, three from the upper and three from the lower jaw, and several other indeterminable bones and teeth from the lower jaw of Rhinoceros.

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