Rich Nature’s Gifts
Zaječar is located at the confluence of the Crni Timok River and Beli Timok Rivers. The town, which is 250km from Belgrade off highways E75 and E761, lies just 11km from Serbia’s border with Bulgaria.
Though it lies in the heart of the Timok region, and largest town in the area, Zajecar is a relatively young town. It became a part the principality of Serbia in 1833 and as a result of the diligence of its inhabitants and fertile land sprawling with orchards and vine-yards, it very soon became the country’s second most prosperous town after Belgrade.
Zajecar is the native land of Nikola Pašić, Ljuba Didić, Zoran Radmilović and Hajduk Veljko. Svetozar Marković, a revolutionary and key proponent of socialism in the Balkans, was born here.
If you are visiting the town, there are several prominent sites you should see. The beautiful Radul-Bey residence on Ljube Nešića Street is a traditional house of a wealthy family from the beginning of the 19th century. You can purchase a variety of traditional souvenirs from the region on the ground floor of the building. Make certain to stop by the permanent exhibit Stari Zajecar (Old Zajecar) on the first floor. It is also worth visiting the Zajecar National Museum, which features a wide range of excavations from the Gamzigrad archeological site, including the head of the Galerius statue.
Stoll along the town center and you will discover the extraordinary beautiful High School and 1911 Municipal Seat buildings. The main square, which is named for Nikola Pašić, features a monument by the sculptor Antun Augustinčić dedicated to victims of the 1912-1918 wars.
Zajecar is home to a number of festive events throughout the year. They include the Gitarijada international youth guitar festival, which has become one of the most popular music events in Serbia, Pozorišni dani Zorana Radmilovića (Theatre Days of Zorana Radmilovića), the Letnja filozofska škola (Summer School of Philosophy) and Hajduk-Veljkovi dani (Days of Hajduk Veljko).
Explore beyond Zajecar and you will discover the Suvodol monastery in the Selačka area near Manastirska Glama Mountain. According to folk legend, the monastery is closely connected with Prince Lazar. Some say the monastery bears a strong resemblance to Žiča. The nearby Saint Peter and Saint Paul Monastery close to Grlišta was one of the centers of the uprising in Crna Reka.
Gamzigrad Banja (Gamziugrad Spa) is located 11 km from Zajecar. The spa features a number of hot springs and sports facilities. Head 8 km to north, and you will find the Nikoličevo thermal spring. Though research has suggested the springs here have therapeutic benefits, a spa has yet to be built. Nevertheless, the site draws a great number of visitors every year.
The Zajecar municipality has three scenic manmade lakes. Though the Grliško Lake was created to supply the town with drinking water, it eventually became a popular excursion spot. Rgotsko Lake was formed by underground and rainwater water that collected during excavations of tquartz in the village of Rgotina 11km from Zajecar.
The Boljevac municipality features the beautiful Crni Timok river valley between the Kučajske, Rtanj, Tumba, Slemena, and Tupižnica Mountains.
Rtanj Mountain is a genuine oasis for nature lovers. It is easy to fall in love with this mountain. If you are an outdoor sports enthusiast, this is the perfect place for you. The mountain is ideal for free climbing, mountaineering, hunting and fishing. If you are hiking on the ridges of Rtanj Mountain, you can easily spot the surrounding Jastrebac, Malinik and Kučajska Mountains as well a good part of the Boljevac region.
Rtanj also abounds with a variety of herbs. It is a favorite sport for herbalists. The famous Rtanj tea is made from the native violet that grows here. The violet can only be found in the central part of the mountain and blooms in August. Herbalists from all over Europe come here to gather it.
If you are visiting Mount Rtanja, it is worth stopping at the mid-14th century Lozica church located on one of its ridges. The 1501 Lapušanj Monastery and Church of Saint Ilije in Boljevac are also worth visiting.
If you are in Zajecar and Boljevac, we recommend:
– A visit to the Zajecar National Museum
– Taking photos at the Felix Romuliana Palace
– Collecting herbs at Rtanj Mountain
The remains of the Felix Romuliana Palace are located in Gamzigrad, not far from Zajecar. The Roman Emperor Galerius named the palace in memory of his mother Romula. The structure is considered to be one of the most grandiose achievements of Roman architecture. Historians believe the remains of Emperor Galerius were cremated and placed in the nearby tumulus.
INFORMATIONSTourist Organization of Zaječar 2 Svetozara Markovića Street, 19000 Zaječar Tel: +381 19 421 521 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com www.tozajecar.co.rs
Tourist Organization of the Boljevac Municipality 17/1 Kralja Aleksandra Street, 19370 Boljevac Tel: +381 30 63 593 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org