May 20, 2018
Šumadija – Serbia’s Tuscany – enchants with its pastoral beauty
After Stasa picked me at my sister’s home in Sremska Mitrovica, we drove back to Belgrade to pick up Nina, and then continued southward – destination Oplenac. St George’s Church also known as Oplenac, is the mausoleum of the Serbian and Yugoslav royal house of Karađorđević located on top of the Oplenac Hill in the town of Topola, Serbia.
The visit to the church and the royal crypts was fascinating enough. But what really enchanted us was the beauty of the rolling hills of Šumadija, the name of this Serbian region which Stasa rightfully compared to the hills of Tuscany. Take a look and see for yourself.
The following pictures were taken at Karadjordje Konak (“konak” is a Turkish work for “mansion”). Karadjordje was the leader of the first serbian uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1804. The success of that revolution gained Serbia independence and spawned a new royal dynasty – Karadjordjevic’s.
After that we drove on to the royal winery which was set up by Kind Peter I in early 20th century. The place is now a museum.
After a dinner at a small but well known restaurant on our drive back to Belgrade, we returned to the city just before sunset.