Sisak is a city in central Croatia. It has a population of 45,792 (2001) and is the administrative center of the Sisak-Moslavina county. Sisak is located at the confluence of the Kupa and Sava rivers, 57 km southeast of Croatian capital Zagreb.
Sisak is Croatia's biggest river port and a centre of river shipping industry (Dunavski Lloyd). Sisak lies on the main road Zagreb – Sisak – Petrinja (M12.2) and the railroad Zagreb – Sisak – Sunja.
The long history of urban life (around 2,500 years) and the extremely favourable position on the confluence of three rivers, (the Sava, the Kupa and the Odra), have made Sisak a very important town in the history of Croatia. During the Roman Empire, a Christian martyr St. Quirinus was nearly killed in what was known at that time as Siscia. Today he is the patron saint of Sisak.
The triangular fortress of the Old Town from the 16th century, well-preserved and turned into the Native Museum, is the main destination of every tourist. The fortress is famous for the victory of the Croats over the Turks in 1593, what was the very first significant defeat of the up-to-then invincible Turkish army on European grounds.
The Baroque palace of Mali Kaptol and the classicist ane named (Veliki Kaptol), the brick made Old Bridge or Stari Most over the Kupa, the ethnological park are most frequently visited objects in the town.
Chief occupations are farming, ferrous metallurgy (iron works), chemicals, leather (footwear), textiles and food processing plants as dairy products, alcoholic beverages), building material, crude oil refinery, thermal power plant.
Sports and recreation facilities in the town and the surroundings include mainly the waters and alluvial plains a public beach on the Kupa. All rivers, (Kupa, Odra, Sava with their backwaters offer fishing opportunities. There are hunting grounds in the regions of Turopolje and Posavina. Sisak is the starting point for sightseeing tours into Lonjsko Polje (Field of Lonja river) nature park.