Name of state: Republic of Serbia
Capital city: Belgrade
National Internet Domain: .rs
Population(excluding Kosovo and Metohija): more than 7,000,000, 83% Serbs
Official language: Serbian
Official script: Cyrillic
Faiths: 85% Eastern Orthodox Christian, 5.5% Roman Catholic Christian, 3.2% Muslim
The Republic of Serbia is a country situated at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe in the southern Pannonian plane and the centar Balkans. Serbia numbers around 7 million residents. Capital city of Serbia is Belgrade. Now lets see some weird and interesting facts about this beautiful country
The Serbian language uses both the Cyrillic and the Latin alphabet at the same time, which are respectively known as Azbuka and Abeceda. This grammatical occurrence is termed digraphia, and Serbian is the only European language to currently use this method of alphabet melding.
Serbia got the most popular vampire through history, it”s called Petar Blagojevic !
Petar Blagojević was the first “official” vampire of the modern world, and lived in Serbia in the early eighteenth century. It’s probably his merit that “vampire” is the only Serbian word generally accepted in all world languages. Petar Blagojevic lived in the vilage near “Pozarevac”, and has allegedly risen from the grave and started killing people and drinking their blood. Petar Blagojevich was a Serbian peasant, born in the village of Kisiljevo. He, as per the locals, turned into a vampire after his death.
Like Petar Blagojevic Serbia also remember some another vampires. Pavle Arnaut who attacking people around the city of Krusevac, and the water mill vampire Sava Savanovic in the village of Zarožje near Bajina Bašta.
Tower Made Of Skulls in Niš Serbia, built in 1809 by Turkish general Hurshi Pasha out of skulls of defeated Serb rebels represents one of the most recent and best preserved examples of this tradition.This ancient practice survived in some cultures well into the historic times.The year 1809 marked the turning point in the course of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire (1804-1813). The outnumbered rebel army faced a 36,000 strong force of Turkish imperial guards near the strategically important southern city of Niš.
In total, 952 skulls were used. In its original form, the tower stood 15 feet high and 13 feet wide. Skulls were arranged in 58 rows, with 17 skulls in each row, at each side of the tower. The skull of rebel commander Stevan Sinđelić was placed at the top. This gruesome edifice, left a deep scar in the Serbian national psyche. However, it failed at its purpose. The Serbs rebelled again in 1815, this time successfully, driving off the Turks and winning independence in 1830.
Nis was liberated in 1878, and now only 58 skulls remain. Some were destroyed by the weather and many were reclaimed by families who gave their relatives more respectful resting places. But the citizens decided to keep the tower to commemorate the battle and pay tribute to those who died. A chapel was built around what remained to protect it from the elements.
Raspberries you’re eating are Serbian! Serbia has been topping the global raspberry export list for several years now. In 2012, almost 95% of the world’s raspberries came from this country.Serbia has been topping the global raspberry export list for several years now, accounting for over 30% of the world’s raspberries.
In 2015 Serbia reached 1st place in raspberry production. In the world. With around 100,000 tons of raspberries exported til the year’s end, Serbia managed to beat the previous market leaders – Poland and Chile.
It all began more than three decades ago when a few families decided to try producing this delicious red fruit. Of course, at the time, nobody knew that Serbia would end up at the very top of raspberry producing countries. Nobody even dreamed that people all over Europe would be talking of their specific taste and that people wide across Asia would enjoy their intoxicating fragrance.
The raspberries from Arilje, Serbia are a synonym for quality and refined taste. This stands for not only Serbia but the whole world as well. This small town is located in the mountain regions of west Serbia and is adorn by many natural riches. Near to Zlatibor, Arilje is “cut” by the Moravica, Veliki Rzav and Mali Rzav rivers. It isone of the cleanest and healthiest environments in Serbia.
Nikola Tesla was born in 1856 in what is now Croatia to Serbian parents Milutin and Djuka Tesla. His father was a priest, an intellectual who prodded his son to develop unusual mental discipline. His mother was an inventor of many time-saving devices used for domestic tasks. Despite his early success at school and obvious interest in experimenting with mechanical devices, Tesla’s father was determined that young Nikola become a minister.
Training for an engineering career, he attended the Technical University at Graz, Austria, and the University of Prague. At Graz he first saw the Gramme dynamo, which operated as a generator and, when reversed, became an electric motor, and he conceived a way to use alternating current to advantage. Later, at Budapest, he visualized the principle of the rotating magnetic field and developed plans for an induction motor that would become his first step toward the successful utilization of alternating current. In 1882 Tesla went to work in Paris for the Continental Edison Company, and, while on assignment to Strassburg in 1883, he constructed, after work hours, his first induction motor. Tesla sailed for America in 1884, arriving in New York with four cents in his pocket, a few of his own poems, and calculations for a flying machine. He first found employment with Thomas Edison, but the two inventors were far apart in background and methods, and their separation was inevitable.
Nikola Tesla died on January 7, 1943, at the age of 86, in New York City, where he had lived for nearly 60 years. After suffering a nervous breakdown following the closure of his free energy project, Tesla eventually returned to work, primarily as a consultant. But as time went on, his ideas became progressively more outlandish and impractical. He grew increasingly eccentric, devoting much of his time to the care of wild pigeons in New York City’s parks. He even drew the attention of the FBI with his talk of building a powerful “death beam,” which had received some interest from the Soviet Union during World World II.
Devil Town “Djavolja Varos” is located in Southern Serbia, on mount Radan not far from the town of Kuršumlija. It comprises of more than 200 stone formations, 2 to 15 meters high and up to 3 meters wide, with strange stone caps.The Djavolja Varoš Natural Landmark belongs to the village of a strange name – Djake, which comes from the Albanian word “gjak” that means blood. The village is located at 660 to 700 meters above sea level. This unusual and mystic place, which very name will chill your bones, comprises of two ravines with ominous names – Djavolja (Devil’s) and Paklena (Hell’s).
These soil pyramids were so mysterious to the locals. There are a lot of legend about its origins. One of the most famous legends said that a long time ago there were living kind and generous people. Devil didn’t like the harmony between folks, so he was making a plan how to harm them. He ordered to locals to marry brother and sister. They set out to the church where the ceremony was planned. Didn’t know what to do to prevent incest, fairy prayed to the God to help her. The God listened to her request: he made cold wind to blow very fast which also brought rain and then the storm flip wedding guests into stones.
Serbia’s nature has many mysteries yet unsolved. Such is Mount Rtanj – a 500,000-year-old pyramid. Because of its pyramidal shape, the mystical mt. Rtanj is believed to house a ‘pyramidal’ mothership left behind by aliens thousands of years ago.This beauty is located in Eastern Serbia, about 200km southeast of Belgrade. With the perfect pyramidal shape, aliens that circle around, and unusual energy it radiates, it is the “top notch” place for every Slav who is looking for some “Stranger Things” to explore.
Rtanj is one of the most favorite mountaineering destinatinations in Serbia. This mountain attracts mountaineers during whole year, both beginners and experienced mountaineers who are training physical condition for more severe ascents around the world. It is possible to reach the top along marked trails from different sides, even without the help of a tour guide. However, climbing in the winter conditions is not recommended for the beginners or mountaineers without proper experience and equipment.
The stay on the top of Rtanj offers memorable and pleasant experience. If the visibility is good on top of Rtanj, you can see the mountains all across Serbia.
The most popular mountaineering events on Rtanj are “Christmas ascent” in january and “Night ascent” in july. These events are hosted by local mountaineering club “Šiljak” from Boljevac, and every year these events attract up to thousand mountaineers from the whole region.
SERBIAN FOOD AND HOSPITALITY
Don’t miss to taste serbian food! People don’t really know what to expect about Serbian food.Serbs are renowned for being intense, passionate, patriotic and above all else, extremely welcoming.If you are a guest in a home of a Serbian, you truly will be treated like royalty. Serbians take great pride in making sure that their guests are well fed, comfortable, well fed, entertained, well fed, have plenty to drink, and did I mention, well fed? Seriously!
Also, if You visit Serbia You must try next food:
Cevapi are of the most Typical Serbian Food of Balkan folks – there are many variations of recipes but the result is the same. It’s grilled dish of minced meat
Dish is named by the serbian prince Karadjordje and represents real royal meal! Schnitzel can be veal or pork which is rolled and stuffed with kajmak and after that it’s breaded and fried. It’s definitely must try meal while you are in Belgrade.
Sarma ( Cabbage Rolls)
This recipe for sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage that many Serbs serve every day but especially for special occasions like their slava and other holidays.Some people use imported or homemade whole heads of brined cabbage (sauerkraut) known as kiseli kupus when making their sarma.
Ajvar (pronounced AYE-var) is a bright and robust red pepper relish that originates from Serbia, in southeastern Europe. Ajvar could be considered a sauce similar to ketchup in its tangy, slightly sweet flavor and its most common use, as a topping for cevapi sausages. Like ketchup, its uses go far beyond a simple sausage topper. It can be used as a condiment for grilled fish and meats, as a sandwich spread, or simply spread on bread or a cracker for a nice snack.
Pljeskavica, Serbian hamburger
One of the most famous Serbian food among the locals and for tourists as well is Pljeskavica. Grilled and spiced meat (mixture of pork, beef or a lamb) is served insomun or lepinja (types of the flatbread). You can ask for ajvar, onions, kajmak to go with this dish, you wont regret it. This days pljeskavica is popular in Europe and worldwide as well, so you can order it on many fast food stands.