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Despotovac is a town of about 5,000 inhabitants, located in east part of central Serbia. The name Despotovac is derived from the word "despot", a title of Serbian medieval prince Stefan Lazarevic who had founded Manasija Monastery, cultural centre of the Serbia during the 15th and 16th centuries. Despotovac had been mentioned for the first time in 1381 as the village Voinci (Vojnik), which, literally translated, means "soldier". It existed as Vojnik until June 17th 1882 when, by decree of king Milan Obrenovic, village had changed its name to Despotovac as a memory of prince Stefan Lazarevic, and had become the town.

Nowadays the town itself is a bit "off the beaten path", considering the fact that the main tourist attractions – Manasija Monastery, and beauties of nature Resava cave and waterfall Veliki Buk are out of it.

  • Last visit to Despotovac: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    interesting place to visit!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2009 at 6:53 AM

    Yes, this place is blessed with natural beauty and also with so much history - awesome place to visit - I wonder if I am pronouncing it right - DES-Poh-To-Vatch ? Norman :)

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2009 at 1:11 AM

    I love caves and waterfalls and beautiful scenery Looks delightful.

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2009 at 2:35 AM

    Interesting tip, what is the crenalated tower next to the church?

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    i've never had a meal in a cave!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Wow, my daily learning! I looked up Stefan and like Don, learned that despot is a Byzantine title! This is indeed a fascinating place with the caves, waterfalls and the wonderful bungalows! Perfect for a charming retreat :-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    The word despot has very negative connotations in modern English, but back in the lifetime of Despot Stefan it seems to have been a completely neutral word -- that was just his title. The monastery, cave and waterfall sound like worthwhile destinations.

  • gugi66's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Pozdrav od Predraga. Zivim u Svecku ali sam på reku iz Despotovca. Dobra stana.

  • Jan 31, 2008 at 5:55 AM

    Lovely church picture!

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:21 PM

    wow, very beautiful! hopefully i'll visit serbia some day.


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