One amazing and beautiful Balkan country
Zlatibor Mountain, Serbia / Photo source: Open Walls
Serbia is located in the centre of the Balkan, in southeastern Europe. Serbia’s beautiful mountains, national parks, caves, rivers and lakes are the perfect location for an active outdoor holiday – from hunting and fishing, to extreme sports.
The most-visited tourist destinations are the cities of Belgrade (capital) and Novi Sad, the mountains of Kopaonik, Zlatibor, Tara and Fruška Gora, the spa towns of Vrnjačka Banja and Sokobanja, Felix Romuliana - which is at UNESCO list of cultural heritage, Vimincium - archeological site of Viminacium, once an important Roman town, the capital of the province of Upper Moesia.
Capital city Belgrade, Serbia / Photo source: 1zoom.me
Symbols of the Republic of Serbia
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Design: A horizontal tricolor of red, blue, and white; charged with the lesser Coat of arms left of center
Small coat of arms of the Republic of Serbia
Design: An eagle displayed with two heads Argent armed between two fleurs-de-lys in base
Big coat of arms of the Republic of Serbia
Design: Behind the shield a mantle Gules fringed and tasselled Or and lined ermine, at the top thereof the Crown of Serbia proper
National Anthem of the Republic of Serbia
"Bože pravde" (God of Justice)
God of Justice; Thou who saved us
God of Justice; Thou who saved us
when in deepest bondage cast,
Hear Thy Serbian children's voices,
Be our help as in the past.
With Thy mighty hand sustain us,
Still our rugged pathway trace;
God, our hope; protect and cherish,
Serbian lands and Serbian race!
Public Holidays in Serbia 2019.
Non-working public holidays
- New Year’s Day - 1 and 2 January (Tuesday and Wednesday)
- Julian Orthodox Christmas - 7 January (Monday)
- Serbian Statehood Day - 15 and 16 February (Friday and Saturday)
- Orthodox Easter Holidays - 26, 27, 28 and 29 April (Friday - Monday)
- May Day - 1 and 2 May (Wednesday and Thursady)
- Armistice Day - 11 November (Monday)
Working public holidays
- Saint Sava’s Day – 27 January,
- National Holocaust, WWII Genocide and other Fascist Crimes Victims Remembrance Day – 22 April,
- Saint Vitus’ Day – 28 June,
- World War II Serbian Victims Remembrance Day – in memory of 21 October 1941 and the bloody autumn of 1941 when the German occupation troops massacred civilians in Kragujevac and throughout Serbia – 21 October.
Culture of Serbia
History of Serbia
The history of Serbia covers the historical development of Serbia and of its predecessor states, from the early Stone Age to the present state.
Slavs settled the Balkans in the 6th and 7th centuries. It evolved into a Grand Principality by the 11th century, and in 1217 the Kingdom and national church (Serbian Orthodox Church) were established, under the Nemanjići. In 1345 the Serbian Empire was established.
The Paleo-Balkan tribes evolved in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC.
The Celtic Scordisci tribe conquered most of Serbia in 279 BC, building many forts throughout the region. The Roman Empire conquered the region in the span of 2nd century BC – 1st century AD.
The Romans continued the expansion of Singidunum (modern capital Belgrade), Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica) and Naissus (Niš), among other centres, and a few notable remnants of monuments survive, such as Via Militaris, Trajan's Bridge, Diana, Felix Romuliana (UNESCO), etc. Northern parts were included in Moesia Superior, Dacia Remesiana and Dacia Mediterranea.
The Romans conquered parts of Serbia in the 2nd century BC, in 167 BC when conquering the West, establishing the province of Illyricum and the rest of Central Serbia in 75 BC, establishing the province of Moesia. Srem was conquered by 9 BC and Bačka and Banat in 106 AD after the Trajan's Dacian Wars. Seventeen Roman Emperors were born in present-day Serbia.
Serbian cuisine & hospitality
Don't miss to taste serbian food!
Serbian food is characterized by a mixture of Byzantine–Greek, Mediterranean, Turkish–Oriental and cuisine of Austro–Hungarian Empire, as well as medieval Slavic influences.
It `s good to know that Serbian law bans production and import of genetically modified food (GMO) so in Serbia you can enjoy great local meet, vegetables and fruits as much you can take. :)
Serbia is Land of Great Hospitality
Serbs are renowned for being intense, passionate, patriotic and above all else, extremely welcoming.
Serbian food and hospitality and it’s reputation for being one of the best in the region.
You will not be hungry, on the contrary, you will drink a lot of rakija (Very strong serbian traditional brandy) and you will never stay hungry with Serbs.