The Heart of Rasina
The town of Brus is the seat of the municipality with the same name. The picturesque town is nestled in a mountain clearing along the Graševača River. The town is approximately 450 meters above sea level. Brus is 346km from Belgrade and is accessible via Kruševac.
Located in central Serbia, the Brus municipality borders the Aleksandrovac, Raška, Blace, Kuršumlija, Leposavić, and Kruševac municipalities. It is a part of the greater Rasina region, whose seat is in Kruševac. With a good network of regional and local roads, the Brus municipality enjoys excellent connections with neighboring municipalities and beyond.
Brus was the seat of the Koznik District from the late 19th century to 1953. The Serbian Regent Aleksandar Karađorđević, Bulgaria’s King Ferdinand, and Montenegro’s Serdar (General) JankoVukotić formed the Balkan Alliance against the Turks here.
Brus is an air spa that abounds with warm and cold water springs. Whether you are interested in hunting or just looking for a relaxing holiday, Brus is the ideal getaway for you.
Most of the locals here make their living in agriculture, agricultural production and cattle breeding. Pastures comprise a little over half of the total 60,000ha of the municipality’s land. A few agricultural households also grow raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, plums, apples and grapes.
Explore Brus and you will discover the ruins of the 3rd century Metođe shrine and the 15th century Lepenica monastery.
Just 25km from Brus, the village of Kriva Reka on the eastern ridges of mount Kopaonik is home to the St. Peter and St. Paul church. This beautiful church dates back to the early 17th century.
You will find the ruins of a fascinating medieval city in the hills of Grabovnica – Gradište (Gobelja). The city, which is close to Brus, cuts across two hills connected by a natural beam and wall. The city, which offers spectacular views of Rasina is a favorite tourist destination.
The ruins in Zlatari – Gradište are also worth visiting. The city is located on a hill at the intersection of the Gradiško and Suvajsko creeks. Judging by its remains, the medieval city was elliptically shaped and was built of broken rock and mortar.
The eastern side of Mt. Kopaonik (2017m), including its highest peak Pančićev Vrh, is the heart of the Brus municipality. Though it is a sizeable mountain, it is easily accessible via the roads, which were used to mine ore, in its surrounding valleys.
Kopaonik has a rich mining past. Raška King Stefan Uroš I brought hirelings, known as Sasi, here to extract ore. Mining settlements had their own coin furnaces and mints. Mining in Kopaonik flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries during the period of despotism. The area developed a healthy trade relationship with the Republic of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik caravans traveling to Sofia and Constantinople used ancient roads developed by Romans to cross Kopaonik and Brus. Remains from the Roman and medieval period are still evident here today.
As the name Kulina (kula - tower) suggests, this was the site of an ancient fortress that is no longer visible today. Historians believe these fortresses were used to protect the mines of Kopaonik during the Roman period and again during the Middle Ages.
Located between Brus and Pančićev vrh, the agricultural village of Brzeće is a well-established tourism spot. Brzeće and several other villages in the foothills of Kopaonik offer excellent hospitality and splendid cuisine. You can sample the delectable specialties of the region in one of many establishments across Kopaonik.
If you visit in late August, you will experience the The Golden Hands of Brus traditional festivities, where the village women all compete for the Golden Hands title. The event takes place of the Main Street in Brus.
If you are in Brus and Kopaonik, we recommend:
- Tasting the delicious cranberries of Brus
- A visit to the ruins of the Metođe shrine
- Purchasing beautiful handicrafts made by women in the villages of the Kopaonik foothills
Nettle cutlets are a culinary specialty of the villages of Kopaonik. Nettle is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant native to Europe. To prepare this delectable dish yourself, boil 300 grams of nettle, chop it into small pieces, and add a thinly chopped leek, two to three cloves of garlic, two eggs, a little bit of boiled rice, two spoons of wheat flour, salt, pepper, and one thinly chopped parsley bunch. Mix all the ingredients together, mold into cutlets and fry them in oil. Delicious!
INFORMATIONSTourist Organization of Brus Municipality Kralja Petra I Street bb, 37220 Brus Tel: +381 37 825 185 e-mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org