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Lepenski Vir

Boljetin, Serbia
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About Lepenski Vir
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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natalie wrote a review Sep 2020
Belgrade, Serbia1387 contributions359 helpful votes
Lepenski Vir is archeological site located in the eastern part of the country, on Danube river. It represents Mesolithic Iron Gates culture of the Balkans. Museum is open from 9am until 7pm.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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AlbertSalichs wrote a review Apr 2020
Manresa, Spain8248 contributions895 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Celia T wrote a review Mar 2020
Compton Dundon, United Kingdom21 contributions7 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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francophile47 wrote a review Jan 2020
England103 contributions61 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Vladimir N, General Manager at Lepenski Vir
Responded Jan 16, 2020
Thank you for very nice review.
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Helenjen wrote a review Dec 2019
Brisbane, Australia676 contributions342 helpful votes
We visited this hidden historic gem on our way back to Belgrade from our enjoyable tour with Serbia Inspired Tours. This impressive archaeological site is extremely well set up and located in a beautiful location looking out over the Danube. If you are in the area.....don't miss it!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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