Lepenski Vir
Lepenski Vir
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Boljetin, Serbia

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francophile47
England100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Nestling beside the Danube Lepinski Vir has an impressive purpose built building where the story of the site is told. It is in a beautiful location and include exhibit of more rececnt rural buildings as well as the prehistoric. A helpful explanatory film is shown regularly
Written January 12, 2020
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Thank you for very nice review.
Written January 16, 2020
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Celia T
Compton Dundon, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Until we visited this site I had never stumbled across the significance of the findings here nor of the part the Danube played as a route for early humans into Europe. A must see and along with the beautiful scenery of the lake created by the dam, one of the highlights of this section of the Danube running between Serbia and Romania.
The settlement site now under water has been well presented and preserved at it's new location only 100m or so from the original spot on the banks of the Danube.
Older than other early European sites it shows a more sophisticated culture than expected at this time some 9500 to 5500 BC! An eye opener certainly, described as a pearl in our cultural heritage and I would not disagree!
Written March 9, 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain20,514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Lepenski Vir is a museum located close to Danube Serbian River Bank, close to the border with Romania. It is a very modern structure, where you can see the remains of an ancient culture. Pitifully here is not the original place, where there were the remains, it was close to the Djerdap Dam, but due to this construction, all remains move to this actual place. You can see tombs, houses and some anthropomorfic figures. Very curious. Very interesting.
Written April 25, 2020
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HopeAbounds
Los Osos, CA152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We saw this museum as an optional excursion on a Viking river cruise along the Danube. It was well worth our time. The excavations and interpretations made the history of this 8000 year old site come to life.
Written July 4, 2023
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Eaton_Out
Greenville, SC628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
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.
Written December 20, 2021
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK2,261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We visited here as part of a group tour on a Danube river cruise. We enjoyed our visit which was really interesting. Amazing site of early human habitation over many generations.

The video presentation included English sub titles however it was very dated, being original footage from the actual discovery in 1960s. Essential to include some of the early footage to capture the early excitement of the archaeologists/ paleologists, however it would be better if this was presented in context with a bit of better quality video.

However, a very good museum of the preserved site along with the artefacts and complete human remains found here.

It is well worth a walk around the whole site and then around the display cases containing vessels and utensils of the time plus the human remains which are all complete. Amazing discovery. Apparently out of around 130 plus skeletons all were complete, only one foot was missing out of the entire find! We can learn such a lot from these remains from civilisations living here from 8000 to 4000 years ago. Apparently it is the structure of the clay soil that preserved so many of these remains. Unique in the world to have evidence of so many generations living here on the one spot.
Written October 10, 2021
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Allan & Amy T
Edmonton, Canada346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The place is located approximately 10 minutes walk from the parking lot

The path is lined up with trees and plants that are well-labeled. Looking across the river is a huge bare hilltop with different coloration(due to the presence of iron contents)

The museum is entirely made of glass panels that curve towards the river.
There is a presentation theatre , when it is filled with people it becomes quite stuffy. The recorded film is ok

It is a good place to learn about early civilization, how the early tribes survive, and how it forms the foundation of a family unit.
Written October 20, 2023
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William P
Glendale, AZ1,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
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!
Written April 18, 2022
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DollyBirdScotland
Scotland458 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Despite being an archaeological graduate [admittedly in the past century] I hadn't heard about this site! It was also used in the Serbian movie 'Ivana the Terrible'. It's well worth the stop if you are in the Iron Gates region even if you are not that interested in archaeology as they really make it accessible and simple to learn about. The site/museum is set in beautiful woodlands and has exhibits and an excellent film from the 60s which eerily documents the discovery of this highly unusual, almost preternatural, culture of humans.
Written May 25, 2023
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,419 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
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.
Written July 23, 2022
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