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Discovering Serbia… Part II

  • 11/15/2018 - by Dejan Stojanovic

My dear ones,

This time we will not touch politics, but only the beautiful things you need to hear about my country Serbia. These include fantastic sites as well as beautiful historical facts that fulfil our life and which we always return. As philosophers say “no one makes a decision sitting but moving forward”, so let’s go. You will get Facts, Emperor and Poetry for the end,

When you have the chance to visit wonders, discover the rich history of Serbia and famous places.

10 interesting facts about Serbia:

1. The Temple of St. Sava not only is the largest Serbian Orthodox Church, but it is also already the largest Orthodox temple in the Balkans and one of the largest in the world.

2. The nature of Serbia hides many secrets and unresolved mysteries. One of them is the Rtanj Mountain – 500,000 years old pyramid. Due to its pyramidal shape, this mystical mountain is believed to be the ancient pyramid in which the mothership is left by aliens.

3. When somebody means timers, everyone first thinks about the Swiss. Well, everyone is wrong! They should think about the Serbs. Serbian watchmaking is older than the world famous Swiss. Serbian watchmakers have passed the Swiss for 200 years!

4. “Vampire” is the most famous Serbian word that is accepted and used in the world. Another interesting thing: the first vampire was not Count Dracula but Petar Blagojevic, whose vampire was widely written by the Austrian press in 1725.

5. All that raspberries you eat are from Serbia! Serbia is one of the leading exporters of raspberries in the world. Moreover, according to data from 2017, almost 85% of raspberries on the world market come from this country.

6. The largest peak of Europe’s breakthroughs is the Djerdap Gorge, located in eastern Serbia. And in western Serbia, there is the second most beautiful canyon in Europe – the Drina canyon.

7. In addition to Nikola Tesla, who is certainly one of the most important inventors of all time, Mihailo I. Pupin (physicist and chemist), Milutin Milanković (mathematician, astronomer, climatologist, geophysicist, construction engineer), Josif Pančić (botanist, doctor, lecturer) , Mileva Marić (mathematician) and Vuk Stefanović Karadžić (philologist and linguist) are just some of the famous scientists who are from Serbia.

8. Serbia has a lot of incredible natural attractions like Prerada Vrata, the highest stone gates of Europe. There are 3 – Dry Prerast, Big Prerast and Small Prerast, which is 34 meters high, 30 meters long and 15 meters wide, actually the largest.

9. Between the 3rd and 4th centuries, 18 Roman emperors were born in the territory of today’s Serbia. This is one fifth of all Roman rulers.

10. In Serbia, there is a river called the Year. But, in fact, her real name is not the Year but Hot, and she got this nickname because of her unique length. Believe it or not, this river is exactly 365 meters long.

True story about Serbia Leaders spirit

What did Napoleon think about who was the best military commander?

At the beginning of the 19th century, the whole of Europe was trembling with the strength of one man. Napoleon Bonaparte conquered almost all major European countries dominating continental Europe and waging war with almost all major European powers – from Britain to far-away Russia.

During this time, far from the world events, a small nation in the Balkans fought for freedom. The Turkish embezzlement could no longer be tolerated and the national leader of the Serbs, Karadjordje Petrovic aka Black George, made a major uprising on February 15, on the occasion of Srebrenica in the year 1804.

Where do these two stories meet? Only in one unusual event that occurred in Aspen in Vienna in 1809.

The French emperor asked if he was the greatest military leader.

“It’s easy for me to be great with our experienced army and massive means, but far in the south, in the Balkans, there is one military leader, who emerged from the simple peasant nation, who gathered around his own shoebox, succeeded without weapons and only cherry guns to shake the foundations of the all-powerful Ottoman Empire and so liberating its poorest people. It is Black George, it belongs to the glory of the greatest military leader, “Napoleon replied.

Jovan Ducic poetry

Take care, my rodeo, your stranger,

For the path is uncertain, it is always a way of revenge.

Do not be afraid of a vulture than a coward,

Do not be afraid of a lie but their lies.

God save your salvation,

There are one at each corner.

Ignore the wisdom of the stupid and stupid wise men!

The night of your traitor will always be thirsty.

As a thunder, you will find your way,

And as a thread of gold to pierce through the wall.

Is the courage of the poltron to block your strength,

And that the criminal’s knife spills the last vein!

And what to say this time – knowledge is the power and usable knowledge is the key. It is a resource to develop institutions and investing in people an eternal theme for everyone as well as for Serbia that has wonderful smart people, and nations and nations are a wealth that needs to be preserved and nurtured. Come to Serbia to nourish one another and to spread the knowledge in the cosmos of our future by turning to the past and living the life of the present better and better than ever.

All the best and see you in the next OSI number,

Your heartily Dejan