Celebrating the Past
Valjevo lies southwest of Belgrade at the 95 km market off highway E 760. The town, which is situated on the Kolubara River, developed on the old trade route from Belgrade to Bosnia at the foothills of the Medvednik, Povlen, Jablanak and Maljen mountains.
On one side of the Kolubara River, Valjevo’s central square features a monument of Duke Živojin Mišić, an outstanding army leader from WWI. The square also features the National Museum, housed in a building dating back to 1870.
The oldest building in Valjevo is Muselimov konak (Muselim’s Residence). Built in the 18th century, it displays a permanent exhibition dedicated to the First and Second Serbian Uprisings. Overall, its architecture is simple and features scant remnants of Turkish influence.
The old part of town, called Tešnjar, is located on the other side of the Kolubara River. It was built in the Serbian-Balkan style during the 18th and 19th centuries. Prior to WWI, Tešnjar was the epicenter of the town. Today, it features several new establishments, including cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. The neighborhood also hosts a traditional jazz festival and the Tešnjarske večeri (Tešnjar evenings) event every year. Come and explore this cultural gem for yourself!
Built in 1813 by Jakov, brother of the murdered prince Aleksa Nenadović, Kula Nenadovića (Nenadovici tower) lies at the mouth of the Gradac and Kolubara rivers near Valjevo.
The village of Brankovina, which lies 12 km from the centre of Valjevo, has maintained the traditional unity of school and church. Brankovina rose to prominence during the dramatic events of the 19th century and as the birthplace of a number of key figures in Serbian culture. The village shares close ties with the remarkable Nenadovići family, which rose to power during the Serbian revolution.
Seven kilometers from Valjevo is the world famous 14th century Ćelije monastery. Apart from Ćelije, there are several monasteries in this area that date back to the 15th and 17th centuries.
Petnica is the most popular destination for locals in the area. Just five km from Valjevo, Petnica features a cave, a number of prehistoric archeological sites, and the remains of fauna from the Ice Age. Petnica has an accumulation lake ideal for fishing. There is also a sports and recreation centre with four outdoor swimming pools. Petnica is also home to a research center for young people whose interests extend beyond the classroom.
The Gradac River near Valjevo is truly a sight to behold. It abounds with watermills, fishponds and is extremely rich in flora and fauna.
Travel south of Valjevo and you will discover Maljen Mountain, famous for its blooming meadows of white daffodils. The 1108 m mountain is home to the July festival dedicated to the beautiful flower.
If you are seeking a mountain retreat, head to Divčibare, which offers an air spa and plenty of diversion. The area abounds with springs streams and waterfalls, including the Skakalo waterfall on the Manastirka River. Along with others in the area, this mountain resort has a number of excellent mountain lodges. The villages in the area a typical of the Šumadija style and specialize in producing mouthwatering duvan-čvarci (smoked pork rinds).
Mionica is 92 km from Belgrade. Its church is renowned for its Hadži-Ruvimov school icons. The highlight of this town is easily the monument to Duke Živojin Mišić. Ten km from Mionica the village of Struganik is home to the house where Mišić was born. This semi-cabin maintains the same interior from Mišić’s youth. Each July, the village hosts Mišićevi dani (The Days of Mišić Days) to honor the Duke.
The majority of people in this area are involved in fruit growing and cattle breeding. As tourists have discovered the area, Mionica has developed into a rural tourism destination. Head to Berkovac, Planinica and Popadić and discover it for yourself.
The scenic gorge on the Ribnica River offers plenty of idea spots for hunting and fishing. Head to one the local traditional restaurants in the area and sample some delicious local delicacies. Mionica is home to the famous Banja Vrujci, which produces high quality bottled water, free of any preservatives.
Located 70 km from Belgrade, Lajkovac is one of the most important stops on the Beograd-Bar railway. Its scenic surroundings and historical monuments draw visitors from all over Serbia. The most prominent cultural site in the area is the Bogovađa monastery, built in 1543.
Lajkovac is home to the only working stone watermill in the area. Built some 300 years ago along with 27 other mills along the Kolubara River, the Jolić watermill is still grinding wheat today.
The Ub municipality is a traditional wheat-growing region. It also produces a range of agricultural products. Ub is also known for developing some of the most talented names in Serbian football, including Dragan Džajić. His success inspired the construction of a number of sport fields and athletic tracks here. Paljuve Lake in the vicinity of Ub is well known for its hunting and fishing facilities.
If you are in Valjevo, Mionica, Lajkovac or Ub, we recommend:
– A visit to the birth house of Živojin Mišić
– A drink of water from the Banja Vrujci Spring
– A visit to the Jolić watermill near Lajkovac
The great Serbian poet Desanka Maksimović lauded the town of Brankovina in the 20th century. Her most famous collection of poems was called Tražim pomilovanje (I seek amnesty). Visit Brankovina and you will find her grave and a museum in her honor. Every May, the town celebrates this great artist by hosting Desankini majski razgovori (Desanka May Discussions). Brankovina is also home to the Raspberry Day celebration, held each June.JP „Valjevo-turist“ 1 Prote Mateje Street, 14000 Valjevo Tel: +381 14 221 138, 236 393, 236 399 e-mail: email@example.com www.divcibare.co.rs www.valjevo-turist.co.rs
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