"Kragujevac-The Heart of Serbia" Top 5 Page for this destination Kragujevac by Biljana

Kragujevac Travel Guide: 96 reviews and 252 photos

A Bloody Fairytale

It was in a land of peasants
in the mountainous Balkans,
a company of schoolchildren
died a martyr's death
in one day.

They were all born
in the same year
their school days passed the same
taken together
to the same festivities,
vaccinated against the same diseases,
and all died on the same day.

It was in a land of peasants
in the mountainous Balkans,
a company schoolchildren
died a martyr's death
in one day.

And fifty-five minutes
before the moment of death
the company of small ones
sat at its desk
and the same difficult assignments
they solved: how far can a
traveler go if he is on foot...
and so on.

Their thoughts were full
of the same numbers
and throughout their notebooks in school bags lay an infinite number
of senseless A's and F's.

A pile of the same dreams
and the same secrets
patriotic and romantic
they clenched in the depths of their pockets.
and it seemed to everyone
that they will run
for a long time beneath the blue arch
until all the assignments in the world
are completed.

It was in a land of peasants
in the mountainous Balkans,
a company of small ones
died a martyr's death
in one day.

Whole rows of boys
took each other by the hand
and from their last class
went peacefully to slaughter
as if death was nothing.

Whole lines of friends
ascended at the same moment
to their eternal residence.

-Desanka Maksimovic

Kragujevac is a city of 200,000 people. It is located in the center of Serbia and is often called the Heart of Serbia. Once upon a time it served as the capital of the Serbian State. During the communist era it was an industrial power house. Now the city is economically devestated but it is still home to the warmest people on this planet.


For now I just have one link but I hope to add more in the future.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great people!
  • Cons:Lack of a major river!
  • In a nutshell:The Heart of Serbia!
  • Last visit to Kragujevac: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 25, 2004
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Comments (11)

  • Zvrlj's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2006 at 12:44 PM

    Zaista lepa strana o Kragujevcu. Pravi "domaci zadatak" za Kragujevcane :-) Veliki pozdrav iz Kragujevca.

  • Oct 23, 2005 at 1:53 PM

    Everything you said about where i live is right!!kragujevac its the best, srce has the best ic-cram EVER,ali nista nisi rekla za nocni zivot i to je super

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2005 at 12:54 AM

    I slept in this city such a long time ago ; in my geography books, central serbia has no divisions,so I am happy to learn about the district of sumadija

  • osli73's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2005 at 1:36 PM

    Hey Biljana! Great page! I've been in Kragujevac many times. But I've missed some of the things on your page. Realized I haven't been to neither the old nor the new church. Your page inspired me to get my own Kragujevac page started.

  • May 28, 2005 at 4:54 PM

    Zdravo! Interesantno je videti kako na Kragujevac gleda neko ko sada ne zivi u njemu i na sta ponovni dolazak u grad privuce paznju.

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2005 at 7:39 AM

    What beautiful architecture. And what a moving poem on your intro. Very good page, Biljana!

  • Feb 11, 2005 at 4:23 PM

    Biljana, "one of the newest gimnasiums in Serbia" tesko da je za "must see" rubriku. Vidi se da nisi isla u istu, iako si po godinama mogla da imas tu "cast" da cetvtu godinu provedes u njoj, sa nama manje srecnima.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2004 at 5:02 PM

    Great Page! I need to get to eastern Europe!

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2004 at 8:45 AM

    Great page Biljana! Nice photos, especialy Kragujevacka gimnazija. Thanks so much for your visit to my Tunisia page. Ljepi vikend !!!

  • Drphoto's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2003 at 10:38 PM

    Bravo Biljana, super !!!


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