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Projects about people from Podgora

Records and collections

  • State Archive, Zagreb MKR/MKV 1621-1636, 1637-1689
  • State Archive, Zadar
  1. MKR 1731-1794, 1795-1825, includes Census for 1826, 1828, 1832, 1830- 1846
  2. MKV 1731-1830, 1825- 1841, 1841-1857
  3. MKU 1732-1802, 1802-1830, 1825-1830, 1831-1854, mix MKR/MKV 1689- 1730
  • State Archive, Split
  1. MKR 1846-1863, 1863-1879, 1880-1911, 1911-1933, 1933-1948
  2. MKV 1858-1897, 1897-1949
  3. MKU 1854-1873, 1873-1903, 1903-1936, 1937-1949, 1946-1952
  • Archbishop Archive, Split Census 1839, 1857
  • Church Office, Podgora - Census 1910, 1920

Podgora is a village in Makarska Littoral, in the south of Croatia. It has been known not only for its beautiful beaches but also as a religious tourism destination ever since 1831. The earliest mention of Podgora in written documents is from 1571 as one of the places under the protection of Venice after the Turkish defeat at the Battle of Lepanto. At present, it has some 1500 inhabitants, but there are three times as many people of Podgora descent in New Zealand.

The oldest preserved parish registers date from 1621. In the 18th century, during the wars with the Ottomans and fugitives, the castles and towers were built and the place was called "the Castle of Podgora". However, prehistoric archaeological sites and some ancient pottery show that there is a long history of human settlement in the area.

Gornja(Upper) Podgora, which was inhabited until a large earthquake in 1962 when the inhabitants relocated down to the coast, has as many as 10 churches in a relatively small area. The most famous of the churches are All Saints’, St. Liberan’s, St. Tekla’s, and St. Roko’s churches, the Church of St. Tekla is mentioned in documents from 1630. Other important historical monuments include the Church of All Saints built in 1764, the Chapel of the Holy Heart of Jesus built in 1804 by the Mrkušić family and a large tower on the hill Roščići dating to the time of the Turkish invasions. The tower has lost its "warlike" appearance as it was eventually adapted for housing.

Podgora is also known for the longevity of its people. The large majority of inhabitants of Podgora live to 80, even 90 years of age, and 5 centenarians were registered in the town during the 20th century. An old song ”Oh you, daughter of my daughter, tell to the daughter of your daughter that her baby cries” reflects this multigenerational community.

Old people in Podgora have been very much appreciated because of their life experience and wisdom. Older men have always had special places where they gathered and talked, most important of which was Guvno, a terrace in the middle of the village, with stone benches placed around a fountain. Sisarić describes Guvno as “Agora, where the old men of Podgora (Archons), senators, wise men and sophists hold sessions on Sundays, criticizing, trying to outwit each other, joking, and mocking”.

After the Second World War, the socioeconomic situation changed, agriculture and fishing were no longer the main sources of profit. Many people left Podgora in search for employment and better living conditions. With changed social relations, the social position of old people has changed. Although the respect for old people today has somewhat diminished, the strong spirit of communal responsibility for those in need still survives in Podgora.

The elderly still occupy an important place within a family and it is still considered to be a shame to place them into retirement homes. When someone is seriously or even deadly ill, there are always relatives, friends, and neighbors to offer a helping hand.In Podgora, a lot of respect is paid to the dead members of community, as well. The town takes pride in its interesting funeral and mourning customs.

Poznate ličnosti / Notable people

Velimir Visković, Ante Urlić, Zlatko Plenković

Podgorska imena / Podgora names

Podgorski oblik ženskog imena Giovanna (prema talijanskom pisanju) nikad nije bio Ivana, nego bez iznimke Ivka; tek se oko 1930. počinju rađati prve Ivanke, pa onda Ivne, pa tek 1970-ih i 1980-ih Ivane i Ive.

In Podgora the female name Giovanna (from the Italian) has never been translated to Ivana it has always been Ivka. Only around the 1930s did Ivanka start to emerge, later Ivne and not until the 1970s/1980s do Ivane and Ive come into use.

Podgorska prezimena / Podgora Surnames

We will include a first person recorded as being born with that surname in Podgora. Uključena je prva osoba sa tim prezimenom za koju podaci o rodjenu u Podgori postoje.
Format: Person (DOB) [other variants of the same surname]