What to see?
TOPOLA & OPLENAC
Story of the kings&heroes
Place where the modern Serbian history was born
Oplenac Hill is located near the town of Topola with a Mausoleum of the Karađorđević dynasty. Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic built vineyards on this important place, and King Peter I Karađorđević began building the church mausoleum and the entire historical and memorial complex in 1903, the Endowment of Karađorđević family in Oplenac.
The church was finished in 1930 by King Alexander I, son of King Peter I Karadjordjevic. In addition to St. George’s Church, the complex includes the Mausoleum of the Serbian royal family, The royal vineyard, The museum (Vinogradareva kuća), The house of King Peter, Royal villa, Queen’s villa, The Karađorđe church and the monument to Karadjordje. Visit to the mausoleum church on Oplenac takes the breath away with its magical mosaics. Visiting Karađorđev grad with a museum helps you knowing the cradle of the Serbian modern state. We especially recommend a visit also to Royal wine cellar.
While visiting Topola, don’t miss to taste domestic and quality wines in wineries in village Vinca and Lipovac close to Topola.
Manifestation Oplenac Harvest (Oplenacka berba) is held for more than four decades in Topola in the glory of grapes, wines, vineyards and winemakers. During the three days of celebrations, exhibitions of competitive character of agriculture, fruits, grapes and wines are held. The rich heritage of this region is shown through an exhibition of old crafts and handicrafts. From the outset to the program, a souvenir exhibition of the competitive character is included. Manifestation is held every year second weekend in October.
ARANDJELOVAC & ORAŠAC
Pure nature, mineral water, history & culture
MONUMENT OF NATURE AND CULTURAL GOOD OF EXCELLENT CHARACTER
This cave annually receives thousands of visitors from the country and abroad, and we invite you to get to know the natural beauties of Risovaca. The cave is located at the very entrance to Arandjelovac, on the right side of the river Kubršnica. Risovača Hill with a cave is a significant archaeological and paleontological site. A multi-year study of the Risovaca Cave revealed a multitude of fossilized bones and teeth of numerous animal species that during the last ice age lived on the steps around Risovaca.
While you are in Arandjelovac you can visit the Bukovicka Spa, under the very umbrella of Mt. Bukulja. It is believed that Bukovicka Spa is one of the most beautiful spas in Serbia. Speaking about health of mineral water from this spa indicates the fact that in 1811, Dositej Obradović strengthened his health, while on the personal request of Prince Miloš, Bukovicka water was delivered in bottles and used in the Serbian court.
ORAŠAC & MARIĆEVIĆEVA JARUGA
Marićević jaruga is a very important historical site. At this place in 1804, an agreement was reached on raising the First Serbian Uprising and choosing Karadjordje as the leader of the uprising. In memory of these events in Orasac, a church, memorial school, memorial fountain, as well as a monument to Karadjordje were erected. Within the Marićević mast there is the tomb of Teodosije Marićević, a celebrity from the time of the outbreak.
Fresh air, rich culture, active holiday destination
Rudnik Mountain dominates central Serbia region. In the beginning of the 20th century, it was classified as an air spa. Translated, its name means “mine”, and there is material evidence testifying Rudnik was a mining colony ever since Romans. Today, this area is a well known tourist destinatination, especially for active holiday such as hiking or hunting. Beauty of the Rudnik Mt. reflex also in surrounding monasteries placed on its slopes and close cultural and historical towns of Topola and Gornji Milanovac.
About 7 km western from Stragar, in the heart of a mountain Rudnik surrounded by dense pine and oak forests, at 429 meters above sea level, monastery was erected in the 14th century and rebuilt in 1795 during the First Serbian Uprising.
The Nikolje Monastery
The Nikolje Monastery is located in the village of Donja Šatornja, on the eastern slopes of the Rudnik. The church of St. Nicholas was built in 1425 by nobleman Nikola Dorjenovic. The monastery was plundered and devastated several times, and the last time it was reconstructed in 1988.
Testimonials from the II world war
The Memorial park Šumarice
The Memorial park October in Kragujevac was established in 1953 on site where in October 1941 a few thousand citizens from Kragujevac were shot – Serbs, Jews, Roma people, Muslims, Macedonians, Slovenians and members of other nationalities. This terrible crime was committed in Kragujevac and the surrounding villages, over the male population aged between twelve and sixty five.
The Memorial park takes up the area of 352 ha where there are 30 mass tombs. The area has been laid out by the urban project of two architects Mihailo Mitrovic and Radivoje Tomic. Up till today over ten tombs there are ten sculptural-architectonic unities. One of them, the Monument to the shot pupils and teachers is a true symbol of the city.
The Museum 21st October was founded within the Memorial park on 15th February 1976 with the aim of gathering, processing, keeping and presenting the documents concerning the shooting and the victims, through exhibitions and printed material. Apart from that, The Memorial Park organizes the traditional manifestations, whereas the exhibitions the modern art exhibitions are organized in the City gallery The Balkan Bridges opened on 7th April 2005.
In this area, for nature lovers we suggest to pay a visit to the lake Gruza, close to Kragujevac, but also beautifull area of Knic and village Borač.