Glagolitic Murals


Ekonomski fakultet u Osijeku,
Trg Ljudevita Gaja 7, 
31000 Osijek, Hrvatska

Josip Juraj Strossmayer

Josip Juraj Strossmayer
Osijek, 4 February 1815 – Đakovo, 8 April 1905

Freedom through education!
Josip Juraj Strossmayer 

I am proud to have been born in Osijek
Josip Juraj Strossmayer


Strossmayer was born in Osijek, on 49 Šamačka Street, on the east side of today’s Hotel Osijek. He finished primary school in Osijek, on Sveta Ana Street, and then in 1825/1826 enrolled in the four-year secondary school – Gramatica Schola – along with 52 other students. The house at number 40 used to have a sign with his name and basic data: Strossmayer Josephus, Osijek, 11 years old, father Joannes, a citizen of Osijek. After graduating from grammar school, Strossmayer continued his education at the prestigious, two-year grammar school – Humanitas Schola – which was founded as early as 1729 by the Jesuits.

Following grammar school, Strossmayer continued his education at the Đakovo Seminary, and then in Pest, where he studied philosophy and theology. In 1834, at the early age of 19, he earned a doctoral degree in philosophy, and in 1842, a doctorate in theology from the Augustineum in Vienna.

Strossmayer is remembered as a bishop and patron who promoted and supported the development of the culture and science of the Croatian people. He founded a seminary for the Franciscans in Đakovo and spent 16 years supervising the building of the Đakovo cathedral dedicated to the glory of God, the unity of churches, harmony and love of his people. At the session of the Viceroy’s conference on 10 December 1860, Strossmayer gave a donation to Viceroy Šokčević and initiated the founding of the Academy in Zagreb, which formally began six years later, after the arrival of the royal edict. Strossmayer was involved in the establishment of the University of Zagreb and its library, the construction of the Academy Palace at Zrinjevac, which was to house the Strossmayer Gallery with his donated art collection, and the construction of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Osijek. On the occasion of the opening of the Gallery at the Academy on 7 November 1884, Strossmayer held his last famous speech. He presided over the Đakovo-Sirmium Diocese for a full 55 years, until 8 April 1905, when he died at the Bishop’s Palace in Đakovo. He is remembered as a teacher, priest, patron and benefactor.