Krupanj, Koceljeva, Vladimirci, Mali Zvornik

Water Energy that Creates

Krupanj is nestled among the Boranje, Jagodnje and Sokolske mountains of western Serbia. The area, which includes Vlašić and the Jadar River is known as Radevina (Rađevina). It borders Loznica on the northwest and Šabac on the north. Krupanj is accessible from Belgrade (150 km) via either Valjevo or Šabac.

Because Radevina is at an altitude, it enjoys a unique microclimate. Summer nights are cool and precipitation is more frequent. As there is no industry for miles, the air and water here are pure and the food is healthy and organic.

Though it is a small town, Krupanj has had quite a turbulent history. During WWII, Žikica Jovanović Španac called on the people of neighboring Bela Crkva to rise up against the invaders. For several decades, July 7 (Ivanjdan) was commemorated as Dan Ustanka (Day of Uprising).

Mačkov Kamen (923 m) atop Jagodne Mountain (Strawberry Mountain) marks the spot of a horrific historical battle in 1914. A memorial crypt of the heroes who fought and died here is located on the mountain peak. There is an additional crypt in the 1932 Vaznesenje Gospodnje Church (the Ascension of Our Lord) in Krupanj.

ACTIVITIES

Apart from its historical significance, Mačkov kamen attracts winter sports enthusiasts. It offers several ski runs and lifts and plenty of space for sledding. Hunting and fishing at one of Krupanj’s four rivers is also a popular pastime.

Koceljeva

SIGHTS

The charming town of Koceljeva is located between Sabac,Valjevo, Loznica and Ub and below Cer and Vlašić. Koceljeva has a unique history. The priest Luka Lazarević walked from the city to the Battle of Mišar. Koceljeva is also the hometown of the famous Janko Veselinović, a teacher whose Hajduk-Stanko was an inspiration to many of Serbia’s youths.

ACTIVITIES

The area abounds with plentiful hunting spots. The Tamnanva hunting grounds offer more than 3,000 rabbits, 3,500 pheasants, 1,500 partridges and even 500 roe deer.

Vladimirci

SIGHTS

Though the exact date it unknown, historical records indicate that Miloš Obilić built the Kaona monastery in the vicinity of Vladimirci before 1756. The monastery’s Byzantine church, dedicated to St. Archangel Michael, was erected atop the foundation of a previous church. A small pond was added in 1982 to incorporate the two small streams that encircle the monastery. The early Christian-style baptismal font modeled after Teba Tesalijska was built in 1984.

ACTIVITIES

If you are in the mood for a refreshing swim, the 60 ha Vukošićka Bara natural lake contains the most pristine water in the region.

Mali Zvornik

SIGHTS

Mali Zvornik, the administrative center of Mačva County lies on the Zvornik–Tuzla–Sarajevo highway. It is 170 km from Belgrade and 80 km from Šabac. Mali Zvornik and surrounding cities were established in 1955 to coincide with the completion of a hydroelectric plant on the Drina River.

A system of underground passageways is easily the city’s main attraction.  The elaborate underground labyrinth was built in 1931 as a command spot and shelter for the King and chief commander. According to historical documents, the young King Petar II Karađorđević spent his last night in the country sometime in April 1941.

Even though the tunnel has not been fully explored, it is an estimated two kilometers in length and built in the shape of a cross. It contains the remains of a chapel, an altar room, a King’s chamber, a freshwater well and other necessities required for an extended stay underground. There is some speculation that natural phenomena created a tunnel connected to the labyrinth under the Drina riverbed.

When in Krupanj, Koceljeva, Vladimirci and Mali Zvornik, we recommend:

– A ski trip to Mačkov Kamen

– A swim in Vukošićka Bara Lake

– A stroll around the pond at Kaona monastery

THE POWER OF WATER

Water is the essence of Mali Zvornik With an abundance of pristine drinking water, a hydroelectric power plant on the Drina River and a water accumulation dam on the Radaljska River, water is the lifeblood of Mali Zvornik. Since they were discovered in ancient times, many people have journeyed to the springs in Radalj village to cure their ailments. The streams here are also plentiful in fish.  According to legend, there is a giant catfish known as the Toša monster that lurks in these waters.

INFORMATIONS

Tourist organization of the Municipality of Krupanj
2 Maršala Tita Street, 15314 Krupanj
Phone: +381 15 684 094, lok 131
e-mail: touristok@yahoo.com
www.krupanj.org.rs
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