An introduction to Serbia

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the Roman Emperors route in Serbia

the Roman Emperors route in Serbia

Increasingly, Serbia is being listed in the holiday brochures so why should you consider holidaying there?

In 1166, Stefan Nemanja, a Serbian warrior and chief, founded the first Serbian state. Today, landlocked Serbia covers an area of 88,361km2 and has a population of over 7 million. Serbia has borders with eight countries – Hungary, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Romania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania. The local currency is the dinar.

From a heritage standpoint, Serbia features many Roman sites and it was in Serbia that one of the most well-known Roman emperors was born, Constantine I, who converted to Christianity. The Roman Emperors’ Route spans 600 km and includes the important Roman cities of Sirmium, Felix Romuliana (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Naissus. The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, was a settlement called Singidunum.

For scenery, Serbia has the largest gorge in Europe, Djerdap Gorge which is over 60 miles long and is actually four different gorges and through these the River Danube flows. The gorge is set within a national park and is one of the top destinations for Serbs to visit either for fishing, water sports or walking. The park also contains Lepenskir vir, the 8,000 year old Mesolithic site that was only excavated within the last fifty years.

The Church of St. Sava in Belgrade is the world’s largest Orthodox church. It is dedicated to the saint who founded the Serbian Orthodox religion. Serbs are the only people in the world to have a tradition called the Slava where each Serbian Orthodox family has its own patron saint whom they honour as their protector.

Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Museum houses the world’s greatest collection of documents and artefacts illustrating the life and work of Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s greatest scientists and inventors.

The town of Kikinda has some of the strangest tourist attractions that you will find anywhere. It is home to over 300 owls that live in the trees in the town square. This number rises to 750 in the winter months. Kikinda is home to one of the largest and best preserved mammoth remains. It is affectionately known as Kika. The remains of Mammuthus trogontherii were discovered in 1996, and today, ‘Mamutfest’ , held every September, celebrates Kika’s discovery.

 

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