Tradition and Craftsmanship
Udzak (Udžak) was the first settlement established by the Ottomans in the 6th century. Today, this area is known as Odzaci (Odžaci) and it is located on the Novi Sad-Backa Palanka-Sombor road 139km north of Belgrade. The Apatin, Sombor, Kula, Vrbas, Backa Palanka and Bac municipalities surround Odzaci.
The town of Odzaci has a beautiful central square featuring the 1821 St. Archangel Mihovil Roman Catholic Church. The town’s museum houses world-renowned artifacts dating back to the Neolithic era, including the red-haired goddess statuette that was excavated from the Donja Branjevina site. The statuette is believed to be more than 7000 years old. The 38 cm red-haired goddess is of particular significance. Similar figurines from the era measure just 15 cm. in height.
Odzaci is surrounded by a series of lakes created during the great Danube flood of 1926. The area is a favorite amongst local hunters and fisherman.
The small town of Kula lies on the banks of the Danube-Tisa Canal near Backa.
Famous for its superb craftsmanship since 1815, Kula is home to a number of tailors, skinners, shoemakers and weavers. You will also find a hat and wool apparel factory is this charming town.
Vrbas, the Backa district’s main city, lies along the Belgrade–Novi Sad–Subotica–Budapest railway and the Srbobran–Vrbas–Sombor highway. Vrbas, which is next door to Kula, is 125km from Belgrade and 44km from Novi Sad. Though close to the Danube and Tisa rivers, the city als has its own river, the Crna Bara (the Black Marsh). Though renamed Titov Vrbas (Tito’s Vrbas) following World War II, it reclaimed its original name in the late 1990’s.
Like many other cities in Vojvodina, the area that is now Vrbas was once a marshland. The city’s architecture is more central European than Byzantine.
Vrbas has six churches of different denominations. They include Serbian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Reformation, Ruthenian, Evangelist and Methodist.
Other prominent structures include several striking villas owned by wealthy industrialists, the Vodice Chapel and the Jozef Kis (Jozef Kiš) monument.
You will find a collection of World War II mementos at Bapa’s Base (Bapina baza) in Vrbas. The house, which belonged to Dragutin Radanov Bapa and his five children, served as the secret headquarters for the partisans during the war. In the backyard, you will find a second house, a 19th century Serbian village house.
Vrbas has a long tradition of hunting. The grounds in the area of Savino Selo and Kucura are especially well suited for rabbit hunting.
Vrbas is renowned for its exquisite cuisine. Enjoy a few traditional dishes during your visit!
When in Odzaci, Kula or Vrbas, we recommend:
– Seeing the Neolithic Red-Haired Goddess statuette in Odzaci
– A visit to a weaving mill in Kula
– Sampling beef stake in gravy (lovačke šnicle) in Vrbas
THE GREEN MARKET
Vrbas has beautiful green markets. Visit the small market (Mala pijaca) on the corner of Main (Glavna) and Njegoseva streets on Wednesdays. If you are in town on a Saturday, stroll through the Big Market (Velika pijaca) near the Vinogradski Bridge.
INFORMATIONSTourist Organization of the Odzaci Municipality 28 Knez Mihajlova Street, 25250 Odzaci Tel: +381 25 742 212 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com www.turizamodzaci.rs