The abandoned Baranja sugar factory
The abandoned Baranja sugar factory

The abandoned Baranja sugar factory

The abandoned Baranja sugar factory

National Pride

Šećerana, Croatia

Located in the region of Baranja in Croatia, Šećerana is a settlement of 559 inhabitants near Beli Manastir. Today forgotten and half destroyed, the old Baranja Sugar factory has been built in 1898 and became a state company in 1906. Funded with the Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia’ money, he also accepted a rate of 1,5%. Known as the greatest flourishing in the seventies and the eighties, there were more than hundred workers at its golden age.

In the 90s, the sugar plant is closed by its owner: PIK Belje. But in 2004, the plant is reopened and it starts to produce starch. The plant is finally closed few years later.

Today, half of the plant has been destroyed and Šećerana is a little town who lost more than a plant: there is no more restaurant, discotheque or bowling.

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