Get to know one of the most famous Serbian royal dynasties – the Karađorđević – and hear the story of the first Serbian uprising and revolution against Ottoman rule, while visiting the place where the Statehood of Serbia was declared.
“This tour combines the best of the Šumadija region – rich and turbulent history, stunning art, breathtaking vineyards, and tasty wine with local atmosphere and Serbian hospitality!”
Tom Aubert, France
St George’s Church (Mausoleum of the Karadjordjevic dynasty), royal vineyards, wine museum, and Karadjordje’s old house – the place from where the first Serbian uprising began. St George’s Church is known also as Oplenac Church and Oplenac Mausoleum, is the Mausoleum of the Serbian and Yugoslav Royal House of Karadjordjevic located on top of the Hill Oplenac in the town of Topola. The Foundation in Oplenac is named after King Peter I of Yugoslavia.
Apart from the two tombstones inside the church (Karadjordje’s in the southern apse; and King Peter I in the northern apse), there are 26 other members of the Dynasty whose eternal place of rest is in this Mausoleum. Six generations of the Karadjordjevic family have been buried in this church. Near the church is King Peter’s house which today is a dinasty museum.
Karadjordje’s residence (Djordje Petrovic, leader of the first Serbian uprising, after which the whole dynasty got its name) is also a part of the complex, where one can see famous cannon and other objects of Karadjordje’s time.
Orasac is the place where, in Maricevica Gully in 1804, Karadjordje was chosen leader of the First Serbian Uprising against Ottoman rule, thus becoming one of the sacred places of freedom in the history of Serbian people. A church, a school, and a memorial drinking water fountain were set up in memory of the agreement among the rebels to elect Karadjordje, their leader, and of the onset of their rebellion.
On the other side, the village of Vinča was always known for viticulture and winemaking. This village hides wineries where sunny slopes, a rich structure of the soil, favorable winds, and a mild climate represent a natural gift that is translated to the top quality wines. We are going to visit Aleksandrovic Winery.
We finish this tour with a visit to an authentic ethno tavern and lunch of specialties of the Šumadia region (not included in the price).
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