Lesser-known Vukovar – Valkóvár to Hungarians – is a quaint riverside town within a remote agricultural land mass in the Slavonian region of eastern Croatia. For those outsiders who may know anything about this locale, it probably won’t be so much for its perhaps predictable and familiar imperialistic Habsburg past, nor its impressive abundance of general history that dates to the dawn of civilisation. Rather, this town is recognised more, albeit unwittingly, for its “Water Tower”, an otherwise nondescript landmark that since the 1990sYugoslav civil war has taken the spotlight from much else in this immediate area.

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