Famous people

Our city has been home to many prominent scientists, writers, artists and people who have had great importance in society and public life, either in local or national terms.

Life in the city of Požega and Požega valley reach far back into pre-historic era, long before the first record of Požega County and the city of Požega in the 13th century. Since then, our city has been home to many prominent scientists, writers, artists and people who have had great importance in society and public life, either in local or national terms.

Since the 15th century, talented citizens have attended high schools and universities in Vienna, Bologna, Pecs, Budapest, Paris and elsewhere. Most prominent writers are: Antun Kanižlić, Vjekoslav Babukić (Croatian revival movement co-funder), Miroslav Kraljević (author of the first modern Croatian novel), Janko Jurković, Vilim Korajac, Josip Eugen Tomić, Franjo Ciraki, Dragutin Lerman, Julije Kempf, Zdenka Marković, Dobriša Cesarić, Matko Peić, Branko Hribar etc.

Nada Prkačin and Lana Derkač are new and promising authors, whose works are greatly appreciated by both readers and literary critics. The most famous Požega painters are: Gustav Poša, Miroslav Kraljević and Jozo Janda.

Požega has been home to such musical figures as the great opera singer Vilma Nožinić and modern composer and musical educator Davorin Kempf.

Finally, there is a huge list of names of people who, although not native of Požega, have helped and contributed through their work to the great biography and specific appearance of the city of Požega.