Sirogojno is a village in Serbia, located on Mt. Zlatibor. The `Old Village`open-air museum presents the architecture and interior design of buildings, as well as family lifestyle in the mountainous Zlatibor region situated in Southwest Serbia and vast woodland of the Dinara area. Sirogojno offers a variety of interesting activities including fashion shows of knitwear hand-made by female residents of Mt. Zlatibor, evenings by the fire and summer school for learning traditional crafts such as pottery, knitting, mosaic-making and graphic skills. "Old Village" Museum, covering nearly 15 hectares and containing authentic elements of ordinary life collected from all over the Zlatibor region from the 19th century for observation. The ethno village displays a set of old traditional wooden houses, including a bakery, a dairy, and an inn, all in authentic form.
St Apostles Peter and Paul Church
Serbian orthodox church in Sirogojno was built in 1764. It is dedicated to Apostles St Peter and St Paul. As it reads on the royal doors beside the signature of icon painter Simeon Lazovic. Village graveyard is located by the church. The reconstruction of initial layout of the Sirogojno church was based on the preserved special manuscripts, protocols, records and other historical sources and analogies.
Sirogojno is a village that has been turned into a museum and preserved so that the people would see what traditional Serbian village looked like in the 18 and 19 century. It is quite interesting and their webpage will give you more info (so that I do not have to copy and paste :))
There are 2 highland lakes on Zlatibor. You'll find 1 in the very centre of the town. It's made of the inflow of Obudovica brook. The other 1, Ribnica lake, is situated near the Black Rzav (Crni Rzav), between Ribnica and Vodice.
The picture, taken in 1994, is showing my niece (aged 1 then) walking round the lake and looking at the ducks and ducklings.
There are several restaurants and cafes by the artificial lake in Zlatibor. Really nice to sit and enjoy a ice cream or a beer by the lake. But be prepared to pay overprices for everything in Zlatibor it´s very exprensive. I think I payed about $10 for a beer.
Just walk around in the city center and enjoy the paradise, several of shopps and markets and restaurants in the area. Here you can also try a four wheel bike for a fee.
A small warning everything here is expensive eaven the water in a bottle is twice the price than in a normal city.
You can enjoy swimming in an open air swimming pool near the centre of Zlatibor. The ticket price was about 500 din or cheaper. I didn`t try it though, and some people complained that the water was very cold. But it is a good idea to spend an afternoon there, especially for young people!
Sirogojno is an open air ethno museum. it means you have the impression that you have just come to a real 19-century village in Serbia. The best thing, however is that you can stay in one of those small houses that were made into a hotel and which are perfectly modern inside. The main advantage of this place is a sense of peace. You can just sit and watch the village and the houses and relax. If you want, you can go shopping and buy nice woolen Sirogojno jumpers or caps nearby. Just prepare your wallet for that.!You can`t buy a jumper cheaper than 1500/2000 dinars, and they are sometimes even more expensive. But they are hand made and beautiful, so they are the best souvenir from here. And they are famous world-wide!
If you want to try something really new and nice it is horse-riding. You can find horses either on the path leading to Jugopetrol hotel, or near the monument. The price for 10 or 15 minutes ride is from 300 to 500 dinars, which is not cheap, but they can give you a discount if you come every day. I rode on the back of a mare called Marija. Her owner is from a neighbouring village. Pay attention who is the owner, some beat their animals which is a shame! These people were not like that!
Zlatibor's a spacious mountain with rich pastures, meadows, brooks and peaks you can easily climb.
1 of the most visited places here is definitely Šumatovacko brdo (Šumatovac hill). The scenery's great and the air so fresh!
When you reach its 1083m high top, Glavudža, you'll find a monumental memorial to Partisans wounded in 1941.
So just take a walk round Zlatibor, enjoy its pleasant climate and take deep breaths-it'll do you good!
Pictures, taken in the autumn of 1999, are showing my adorable niece (aged 6 then) on the hill and next to the monument.
The real tourism on Zlatibor was born at the end of the 19th century, when Aleksandar Obrenovic, the king of Serbia, had visited it. He was soon followed by other crowned heads for whom this mountain became the destination for resting and enjoyment.
If you take a walk round the lake in the centre of the town, you'll see this well made soon after King Aleksandar's famous picnic on the meadow.
The clear, pure air of Zlatibor has given it a reputation for healing a variety of heart and respiratory complaints as well as for disorders of the thyroid. So I recommend you to walk in the hills, and enjoy that clean air, and the pines forests. Maybe the better of Zlatibor is the healthy atomsphere that is over people.
I you like fourweels and bikes then don´t miss this, there is a big course that you can ride on. This was quite expencive and you must hava a driver licence. Otherwise they wont let you drive.
Beside the children shop in the center of Zlatibor is lot of electric toys for kids just in front of the store. Kid’s playground of "Beba kids" company is the place where the kids can enjoy.