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bela voda 1mGeographical position of Bela Voda is very favourable one. It is situated in the central part of Serbia, at the southern border of Sumadija, between the Gledicke Mountains and the Zapadna Morava River. Bela Voda is situated 14 km away from Krusevac in the north-west direction, 20 km from Trstenik on the East, 35 km from the Belgrade –Nis highway, and 205 km from Belgrade on the South. The village was named after a spring that emerged in white, foamy water jets on a place of today’s Park of Sculptures.

 

Bela VodaBela Voda is known for its natural resources, before all for its Bela Voda sandstone – that has been exploited for 6 centuries, but for its mineral water springs as well. Thanks to numerous mines, rich in good quality stones, Bela Voda has been longstanding capital of sculpture and craftsmanship of Moravian Serbia. The fact that speaks in favour of the significant exploitation of Bela Voda mines is that between the two wars two joint-stock companies extracted the stones from the mines, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry opened the School for Masonry and Stonemasonry on two occasions. Industrial railroad was opened in 1954 next to Bela Voda mines.

The Museum of Stonemasonry and Sculpture
The museum was opened for visits on July 18, 2009 with blessings of Irinej, the Episcope of Nis and Amfilohije the Archbishop of Montenegrin Coast. Along with numerous sculptures exhibited, the museum also offers the photographs of rosettes made of Bela Voda sandstone done on the St. Prince Lazar Church in Birmingham (UK), built in 1967, photographs of St. Mark in Belgrade, also constructed of the same sandstone... as well as a scale of natural shades of the stone.

The Park of SculpturesThe Park of Sculptures
The Park of Sculptures is an amphitheatre built in 1987 after the design of a famous Krusevac architect Petar Vertovsek. The park was given sculpting details in 2001 during the art colony “Bela Voda Sandstone”. Every mid-July the park becomes a place of a renowned cultural and art manifestation “Rosette of Bela Voda” during which thousand visitors gather every year. Traditionally, ever since 1988, as a acknowledgement for artistic, cultural, and scientific contribution to the Serbian culture a stone rosette is awarded to outstanding people. The first to receive this prestigious award was Desanka Maksimovic, and many others afterwards – Matija Beckovic, Emir Kusturica, Amfilohije Radovic - the Archbishop of Montenegrin Coast...

The Big Fountain
The Big Fountain is placed in the amphitheatre, renewed in 1847 at the initiative of Aleksandar Karadjordjevic, the ruler of Serbia then. The story tells it was built by the Romans, but the exact period of its construction has never been confirmed. Still, the Big Fountain has been the centre of the village and a place of various gatherings from its beginnings, a participant and a witness of many occasions. It is a small house made of stone with triangular paved roof and a gable on the north-eastern side. The south-western side of it holds a built - in plate with inscription about the fountain being built during the rule of Aleksandar Karadjordjevic with the support of Bela Voda Municipality and efforts of the Head of the Temnic District. A stone plate with a relief emblem of Serbian Kingdom from 1847 on the north-eastern side and a stone cross on the top were reconstructed. All of its details harmoniously fit in the whole place and the full style cohesion the beauty of architectural image was achieved. On the south-western, south-eastern, and the north-western sides there are semi-circled arches with two pipes underneath each one. During the hot and dry summer days 125.2 litres of water per minute runs from all six of them. Restoration and conservation were done on two occasions, in 1973 and in 1996/97, both at the cost of the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments in Kraljevo. For its cultural and historical, architectural, ambiance, and hydrological values, the Big Fountain in Bela Voda stands out as a rare and representative monument of its kind in Serbia.

Contact

Tourist Organization of the City of Krusevac

Majke Jugovica 3, 37000 Krusevac

+381 37 445 180

turizamkrusevac@mts.rs

Working hours:

Monday-Friday: 08:00-16:00

Contact TIC

Tourist Information Centre

Trg Kosovskih junaka br.6

+381 37 44 11 33

turizamkrusevac1@mts.rs

Working hours:

Monday-Friday: 08:00-20:00

Saturday: 09:00-15:00