Contemporary Serbia follows world’s standard, yet with great respect to its national legacy.
This is what makes Serbian destinations so wellcoming…
Earliest known settlements
History of these lands dates back to the earliest known settlements. Because of its mild climate, rich soil and abundance of water, Serbian lands became the cradle of the oldest European civilizations. Explorations along Danube river banks led to revealing of the culture of Lepenski Vir, first organized settlement dating from Age of Neolith. Not so far from it, archaeologists have discovered the culture of Starčevo, which was a direct rival to Lepenski Vir.
Culture of Vinča, which remnants lie not far from Belgrade, is considered the most prominent culture of the Bronze Age. It is considered to be a base for further development of Illyria and Tribal cultures.
Thanks to its position at the crossroad between Europe and the Middle East, many civilizations left their mark here during ancient times. Certainly, one of the most respected marks belongs to the Roman Empire.
Serbia is a motherland of 17 Roman Emperors and hundreds of Roman generals. Today, long-forgotten city of Viminacium reveals the full respect of magic among Romans; royal palaces in town of Sremska Mitrovica reveal that its predecessor – town of Sirmium – was one of four Roman capitals; Imperial Palace near town of Zaječar – Felix Romuliana – is proud to be home of Gaius Valerius Maximianus Galerius, one of the most respected Roman Emperors in history; and city of Niš is very proud of its citizen – Great Emperor and establisher of Christianity, Constantine the Great.
The Medieval Serbian Kingdom
The medieval Serbian Kingdom brought prosperity to these lands both in economic and cultural view. Thanks to close relations with Byzantine Empire to the East, the Republic of Venice to the West and the Hungarian Kingdom to the North, Serbian Kingdom was well respected as an intermediary between East and West.
After the fall of Serbian Kingdom under the Ottoman Empire, Serbian monasteries became guardians of Serbian legacy and national sense. During conflicts between Serbian rebels and the Ottoman army, monasteries became the refuge for mass. Unfortunately, due to frequent fights during the ages, many monasteries were sacked and destroyed, with all of their possessions. Nowadays, many of these sanctuaries are being renovated under the supervision of UNESCO.
Modern Serbian state
Modern 19th-century Serbian state brought Serbia back to Europe. Serbian intellectual elite came back and made renaissance among their citizens, giving new perspectives and formidable artists to European rich cultural specter.
However, the most significant change happened in Serbian alphabet, which has been reformed by Vuk Stefanović Karadžić so every sound responds to one letter, making Serbian alphabet the simplest one in the world.