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Kragujevac is the city of about 200.000 people, in central Serbia, Sumadija region. It is on the river Lepenica, "small, but important river" – it was written in some schoolbook I used in primary school, about 25 years ago. That sentence makes my friends from Belgrade and other places laugh, but, if you call it river, Lepenica IS one of the quickest in Serbia.

The oldest known script about the city is from 1476, but, according to some theories, settlement Kragujevac dates back to 6th century, at the time of arrival of Slavic tribes to Balkan.

The first half of the 19th century was the most important period in history of Kragujevac. It was the capital of modern Serbia from 1818 until 1841. At that time important cultural and social institutions were established: the first high school, the first theatre, the first newspaper, lycce, printing house, library, hospital, court etc. Many famous Serbs, such as: Vuk Karadzic, Dimitrije Davidovic, Joakim Vujic, Sima Milutinovic – Sarajlija, Milovan Vidakovic... lived in Kragujevac during that period.

Since the second half of 19th century Kragujevac developed in strong industrial city, and it remains that till the late 20th century and wars on the territory of former Yugoslavia. During the 90s it was often called "valley of hunger". In past several years that has changed and nowadays Kragujevac is considered to be the most prosperous Serbian city south of Belgrade, although marked by several symbols of bad taste, stubbornness, hypocrisy… (due to mayor & "sculptor") Kragujevac is, nevertheless, place of the great, hospitable people and one where visitors would have a great time.

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  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    Shalom, was saddened to learn of the massacre in Kragujevac, one more instance of the Nazi attrocities, will make Kragujevac a "must visit". Martin

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Yes, we will meet again Vladimir :)

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    GREAT peek at your hometown, I and V. Especially loved the "off the beaten trail tips" and the "food advice". Excellent work. Merry Christmas from Florida.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Took the delux tour with you. Outstanding photos & detail of your beautiful hometown.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2009 at 3:54 AM

    Me again, coming back to look at the updates that you have added since May 24. Too bad about the awful train service! I love travelling by train, but wouldn't want to become an urban legend. Good that one of your posters is on display at the Spynest.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    Ah, these monasteries are beautiful!! I love the wooden balconies :-))

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    The Djordje mosaic looks amazing...Serbia has quite a lot of history and you did a good job making tips and notes on your city...maybe I will visit someday (I will stay near Trg heroja) and we can have VT Meet! Norman :)

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    I had planned this virtual trip to Kragujevac long ago and finally made it via your pages. Loved the statues and realized that the word "mansion" in Serbian is "konak"? Am I right? If yes, it is the same in Turkish:) Cheers from Ankara my friends:)

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:50 AM

    Hi&thanks for yr visit to my Morges pg - the whole area is a lovely place to visit&another of my favourites!Enjoyd yr pg here -nice pics&interesting info.visited Serbian refugee areas a few yrs ago&were hosted by locals.An exlnt way to visit the country.

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Hi Vladimir, 13 hours! - from Belgrade to Kragujevac - world record or at least Guinness record! I just continued getting acquainted with your city. Thanks for your visit in Brugge. Best L..

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