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Pirot

Short info - Pirot

The area of the municipality of Pirot is surrounded by Stara planina (Old Mountain) in the North and Northeast. The highest peak is Midžor, 2,170 m above sea level. The south and southwest border of the Pirot basin make the slopes of Vlaška Mountain (Vlaške planine) and Suva Mountain (Suva planina), while the northwest of the basin is surrounded by the slopes of the Svrljig Mountain (Svrljiška planina).

 

Once, an old Roman road passed through this area, known as Via Militaris (Military road). Later it was named Carigrad road.

 

During the rule of the Roman Empire, in the 3rd and 4th century, it was called Turres (Tower). Later it was known as Pirgos, Thurib, Momčilov grad (Momčilo’s City), Kale and Tvrđava (Fortress). Archaeological findings in the middle part of Pirotski Grad (city fortress) show that even 5,000 ago there was a settlement there. During further old town excavations, remains from the Eneolithic and Iron Age, as well as from antiquity, Early Byzantine Period and Middle Age were discovered

 

Today, the city of Pirot plays the same important role as in the past, and the municipality itself, with its 67,552 inhabitants, is one of the largest municipalities in Serbia. The city of Pirot is the seat of the Pirot District, consisting of four municipalities.

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Caves

  • The Great Cave 7.2km
  • The Great Cave

    Velika pećina (The Great Cave) is situated near the village of Držine, 7 km away from Pirot. It is 1440 m long and 30 m high. The cave is one of the most beautiful caves in the rugged landscape of eastern Serbia.

  • Bishop’s Plates 12.5km
  • Bishop’s Plates

    Pećina Vladikine Ploče (Bishop’s Plates) is situated in the homonymous gorge between the villages Pakleštica and Rsovci. The caves system is interesting because of the remains which suggest that it was home to the Prehistoric man.

  • Petrlaska cave 19.4km
  • Petrlaska cave

    Petrlaška pećina is located about 15 km north of Dimitrovgrad. Actually, it is a caves system, which is situated on the southern edge of the karst field Odorovačko Polje, in the area of Zabrđe.

Lakes

  • Zavojsko Jezero (Zavoj Lake) 9.9km
  • Zavojsko Jezero (Zavoj Lake)

    Zavojsko Jezero (Zavoj Lake) is 15km away from Pirot, and it can be reached by car in 20 minutes, over an asphalted road.

  • Smilovska jezera 22.4km
  • Smilovska jezera

    Lakes Savat I and Savat II are artificial reservoirs, created in the region Zabrđe, in the kars valley Odorovačko –Smilovska dolina. They are located near village Smilovci, 12km away from Dimitrovgrad.

Churches

  • The Church Cathedral 0.8km
  • The Church Cathedral

    The Church Cathedral was built in 1870. The church is a three-nave basilica and it is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin.

  • The Church of the Nativity of the Christ 1.5km
  • The Church of the Nativity of the Christ

    The Church of the Nativity of the Christ, or the Pazar Church, or The Old Church, as the residents use to call it, was built in 1834 thanks to voluntary contributions of the wealthy local residents.

  • The Church of St Nicholas 8.1km
  • The Church of St Nicholas

    The Church of St Nicholas is situated in Krupac. The church was built in the second half of the 17th century. It has a small dimensions, its ground form is rectangular, with altar apse.

  • The church of Saint Petka 8.3km
  • The church of Saint Petka

    The oldest church in Ponišavlje is the Church of the Saint Nicholas, later called the Saint Petka, located in Staničenje in the vicinity of Pirot.

  • The Church of Holy Trinity 19.2km
  • The Church of Holy Trinity

    The Church of Holy Trinity is situated in village Izvor, in municipality Bosilegrad. This is one of the oldest and greatest churches in south-east Serbia.

  • The Church of St George 20.3km
  • The Church of St George

    The church has fresco paintings, although the painted layer is preserved only in fragments. The iconostasis is decorated by woodwork. Since 1984 the church of St George has been pronounced cultural monument under state protection.

  • The Church of Saint Paraskeva 20.4km
  • The Church of Saint Paraskeva

    The Church of Saint Paraskeva is situated in village Topli Do. It is dating from 19th century.

Monasteries

  • The Monastery of the Beheading of St John 5.1km
  • The Monastery of the Beheading of St John

    The monastery of the Beheading of the St John is situated between Krupca and Izvora, on the left from Pirot. This is a church and a charnel built recent date in which were buried remains of the soldiers 1876 -1877 and 1912 -1918.

  • The Monastery Temska 11.7km
  • The Monastery Temska

    Some 20 km from Pirot on the way to Knjaževac, in the village with the same name is situated monastery Temska. It is dedicated to St George.

  • The Sukovo Monastery 13.7km
  • The Sukovo Monastery

    At 18 km east from Pirot, near the village Sukovo, there is the Monastery Holy Virgin or Sukovo Monastary, as it is well known.

  • The Monatery of St Ilija 13.7km
  • The Monatery of St Ilija

    On the right side of the road 1 km and a half before the village Rsovci, is situated monastery St Ilija. The church has rectangular ground plan, with double-pitched roof, covered with tiles and without frescoes.

  • The Monastery of Holy Virgin 17.4km
  • The Monastery of Holy Virgin

    Between the villages Visočka Ržana and Brlog, on the bank of the river Visočica, at the altitude of 1094 m, at the foot of the mountain Ruden, there is the Monastery of Holy Virgin.

  • The Monastery of St Kirik and Julita 21.2km
  • The Monastery of St Kirik and Julita

    The monastery of St Kirik and Julita is situated in village Smilovce, near Dimitrovgrad and it is under the state protection as a cultural monument. The church was built by the end of 18th century.

  • The Monastery Poganovo 22.6km
  • The Monastery Poganovo

    The monastery of St Jovan Bogoslov, among people also known as Poganovo monastery is situated in the wonderful valley of Jerma river, between Odorovački and Vlaški spring near the village Poganovo.

  • Monastery of St. Demetrios 23km
  • Monastery of St. Demetrios

    It is one of the most important cultural and historical monuments in Bela palanka and Lužnice. It is situated beneath Suva mountain.

Monuments

  • The Monument to Septimius Severus 24.2km
  • The Monument to Septimius Severus

    The monument of material culture dating from the period of Roman Empire, 202 BC, was built from white marble in parallelepiped form

  • The Monument to Rajko Mitić 24.6km
  • The Monument to Rajko Mitić

    In Bela Palanka is located monument dedicated to Rajko Mitić, the legend of Serbian football and the first Star of Red Star.

Fortresses

  • The Momičilo’s town 1.7km
  • The Momičilo’s town

    Pirot or the Momčilo’s town is a town fortification beside the Nišava river in Pirot. It was erected during the reign of prince Lazar.

Museums

  • The Ponišavlje Museum 1.1km
  • The Ponišavlje Museum

    The organizational structure of the museum consists of department for archeology, ethnology, numismatics, history and art history.

Restaurants

  • Lane moje 1.1km
  • Lane moje

    Restaurant "Lane moje" are located 5 minutes away from the centre of the town, next to the fortress (Momcilo grad).

Cycling

  • Cycling on Stara planina 24.2km
  • Cycling on Stara planina

    Stara planina is ideal for mountain biking. There is a lot bicycle tours organized on descents, slopes and forests of this mountain beauty.

Mountains

  • Stol 16.7km
  • Stol

    On the steep mountains of Wallachia, whose highest peak is 1442 meters high. On the steep mountains of Wallachia, whose highest peak is 1442 meters high.

  • Stara planina 24.2km
  • Stara planina

    Stara planina stretches in the north-eastern part of the municipality of Pirot, where its highest peak Midžor (2,170 m) is located.

Ski center

  • Ski center Stara Planina 23.5km
  • Ski center Stara Planina

    In the region of Eastern Serbia and on the east and southeast side of direction Zajecar - Knjazevac – Pirot is Stara planina.

Events

  • Pasuljijada Pirot 1.3km
  • Pasuljijada Pirot

    In the main wharf in Pirot in 2007. was held Pasuljijada. One of the goals of the event is to promote the social life of the inhabitants of this city, and with this event organized and music and entertainment.