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Lepenski Vir

Boljetin, Serbia
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Lepenski Vir is a prehistoric archaeological site located in the strict nature’s reserve of Djerdap National Park, which is in the vicinity of Donji Milanovac. The intensive archaeological research of Djerdap Gorge area, carried out between 1965 and 1970, revealed several prehistoric settlements, but only the settlement of Lepenski Vir is characterised with such unique findings and continuous existence through centuries. During the excavations, seven phases of the settlement and 136 buildings were revealed. They were built 8,500 years ago. People lived od this location for olmost 2000 years.The discovered, systematically built settlements – sanctuaries, tools made of bones, horn and stone, jewellery, signs carved into items made of bones and stone, and monumental sculptures made of sandstone – have changed the scientific picture about the Neolithic Period of Europe.The unique urbanism and architecture of the culture of Lepenski Vir are recognised by the characteristic building foundations – of houses or sanctuaries, and by the stone sculptures, the oldest monumental stone plastic in Europe. The sculptures represented gods of the inhabitants of Lepenski Vir, some kind of stone idols, which were shown as the entire human figure or only as the characteristically shaped head.
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msa23_2000 wrote a review Jul 2022
Chino Hills, California1197 contributions559 helpful votes
I feel like I should have liked it more. It is incredibly ancient artifacts and homes, but I found it small, not that impressive, and really difficult to discern. Its not anything I would ever want to do again or would I recommend. We went on a river cruise and it was part of the itinerary, but I would not make any additional effort to go.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Greta wrote a review May 2022
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We travel with MS Diana from Orsova to Belgrad and stopped for this archeological site. Approximately 7.000 years old. So pretty important to see
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Natasa J wrote a review May 2022
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You can't miss Lepenski vir, beautiful nature on the way there, very impresive building, interactive 3D map on the computer, good collection...
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Date of experience: April 2022
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William P wrote a review Apr 2022
Glendale, Arizona1329 contributions430 helpful votes
Lepenski Vir is an absolute "Must Do" if you are anywhere in the area. It was discovered quite by accident when the governments of Romania and Yugoslavia decided to build the Iron Gates Dam on the Danube. Archaeologists set out to see what was going to be buried by the ensuing lake which would be manufactured by the damming of the river. They came upon this village that is more than 10,000 years old (8000 years BCE!). Over 130 skeletons were discovered, basically intact! The entire village was able to be reconstructed and moved to higher ground so as not to be drowned. The Serbian government has built an exhibit center around it so that it won't be further destroyed. Be sure and watch the 17-minute homemade movie of the actual discovery - fascinating!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Eaton_Out wrote a review Dec 2021
Greenville, South Carolina435 contributions152 helpful votes
Excellent stop on a Lower Danube River cruise. When the Iron Gates dam was being considered in the 1960 archeologists surveyed the banks of the Danube and found this 10,000 year old village. The village was moved up the bank and up stream to keep it from becoming covered by the lake the dam would create. The Serbian government has built a large glass enclosure around the site to protect it from the elements. There is a museum of artifacts and a movie about the site for visitors. This is a must-do if you are in Serbia.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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