Land of Relics
Just 55 km from Belgrade, the Irig municipality is easily accessible via the Novi Sad-Irig-Ruma motorway, just off the E70 highway. According to historical documents, Irig was one of the largest cities in the Srem District until 1795, when the plague reduced its population by half. Today, it is a small but charming town in Vojvodina.
The three spectacular 18th century orthodox churches in the town center are reminiscent of a more prosperous era. St. Nicholas (Crkva Sv. Nikole), the most picturesque of the three, was built in 1722 to resemble the nearby Hopovo Monastery. The structure’s 1760 iconostas engravings are some of the most interesting of this period.
Located just seven miles north of Irig along the Fruska Gora ridge (Fruška gora), Iriski Venac is one of the most popular excursion sites in the area. Along with Fruska Gora National Park, Irig is part of the so-called zone of relics. With its scenic landscapes and historical monuments, this is one of the most appealing spots for visitors to Vojvodina. Also known as the Holy Mountain of Athos of the North, this area comprises 17 orthodox monasteries built between the 15th and 18th centuries.
The Krusedol Monastery (Manastir Krušedol) is the mausoleum of the Srem family of Brankovic and home to the most precious treasures of all monasteries in Fruska Gora. The also impressive Grgeteg monastery is linked to the Brankovic despots. The Hopovo monastery is the largest and most monumental structure of the late medieval Serbian churches.
Irig also offers plenty of options for rest and relaxation. Visit the Vrdnik thermal spa, the site of a former mine, and unwind. Vrdnik’s picturesque streets are lined with identical homes, which once belonged to miners. Mineral water springs were discovered when Vrdnik was still a mining town. With most of the mines now closed, Vrknik is better known for its soothing thermal spas.
With its charming Fruska Gora vineyards, the Srem region is among the most spectacular in Serbia. Fruska Gora produces supreme quality wines. You can sample them in over 60 private wine cellars scattered throughout monasteries and villages in the region. Stop by Cerevic, Nestin, Banostor, and Erdevik for an unforgettable wine tasting experience.
Known as the heart of eastern Srem, the Indjija municipality is just 42 km from Belgrade. With 27 km of the Danube River flowing through the region, Indjija is bound to one day become a suburb of the rapidly expanding cities of Novi Sad and Belgrade. Though Indjija has all the right criteria to become a bustling metropolis, it is still a very traditional Srem city. Indjija’s town center features several classicism, secession and neo-renaissance style structures. They include City Hall, Vojnovic House, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, the Presentation of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church as well as a number of private homes and facades.
The urban town center was built in the 19th and 20th centuries, when city experienced a period of rapid industrial development and population growth. Indjija features a brand new pedestrian zone that has become quite popular with the city’s younger generation.
The Stari Slankamen (the Old Salty Stone) is a key part of the region’s rich heritage. It is home to the Srem’s oldest church, the 1468 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (Crkva sv. Nikole). St. Nicholas was used as a model for the construction of all other churches in the Srem region. Nearby you can visit an ancient salt-water spring spa and the ruins of a Celtic period Acuminicum fortress.
A visit to the Maradik Ranch near Indjija offers an ideal opportunity to understand the traditions of the Srem District. The site includes an ethno-house featuring over 200 exhibits and a charming ethno-restaurant, which serves some of the region’s most delectable specialties.
The Indjija Municipality has a long tradition in grape and wine production. It is home to the Vojvodina Wine Fair that takes place every March. If you happen to visit Indjija in May, you will experience the Srem Horseshoe Competition (Sremska potkovica) when farming families from across the region take part in horse drawn coach ride races.
When in Irig and Injija, we recommend:
– A visit to the Fruska Gora monasteries
– A dip in the Vrdnik thermal spa
– A visit to the ethno-house in Maradik
An unusual combination of climactic phenomena make the wine producing process in Irig and Fruska Gora is extraordinarily unique. The sunny hills of Fruska Gora face the misty waters of the Danube, creating a unique microclimate. The grapes here undergo a seven-month vegetation period and a five-month period of hibernation. Some attribute these conditions to the fact that wine produced here contains 2% more sugar than wine made anywhere else in Vojvodina.
Grape varieties cultivated here include indigenous Vranac, old Portuguieser, domestic Zupljanka (of prokupac and Black Burgundy), Neoplanta (of Smederevka and Red Traminac), Sila (of Kevedinka and Chardonnay), Liza (of Grey Burgundy and Kunleanj) and Petra (Black Burgundy and Kubrat). Recommended varieties for this area include Italian and Rhine Riesling, Traminac, Sauvignon, Neoplanta and Zupljanka.Tourist Organization of the Irig Municipality 16 Ribarski Square , 22404 Irig Tel: +381 22 461 126 e-mail: email@example.com www.tuorgirig.org.rs
Tourist Organization of the Indjija Municipality 1 Cara Dusana Street, 22320 Indjija Tel: +381 22 510 970 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.indjija-tourism.com