A town in the Lonja-Ilova basin, in the southern
piedmont part of Bilogora, 80 km west of Zagreb; elevation 135 m;
population 26,926. Cultural, administrative and business centre
of the Bilo-gora-Moslavina region. Major industries include food
processing (milling industry, meat products, alcoholic drinks, dairy
products, biscuits), building contracting and metal processing.
Bjelovar is located on the main road (M1.3). The railroad via Krizevci
connects Bjelovar with Zagreb and another one via Virovitica connects
it with Osijek.
Among cultural and historical monuments of this
town, built according to physical plans, the most interesting are
the Town Museum building, the parish church of St. Theresa with
the Historic Archives and the "Preradovic" barracks.
Bjelovar Livestock Exhibition (in September) is
the main annual event in the town. Sports grounds and outdoor swimming
pools, as well as the surrounding forests (Bilogora) provide various
sports and recreational opportunities. The forests are rich in game.
There is an abundance of fish in the Cesma and Plavnica rivers,
as well as in the fishponds Siscani, Narta, etc.