The region of Srem in northern Serbia is situated on the slopes of Fruška gora, a small mountain known for its exquisite scenery, numerous monasteries and a national park. In this region, the town of Sremska Mitrovica is found on the northern side of River Sava – the border between Cental Europe and the Balkan peninsula. Once a capital of the Roman Empire during Tetrarchy, the town was reffered to as the ’glorious mother of cities’. Remains from that period,
such as the Imperial Palace with its impressive mosaics, can be seen even today. A park in the town centre is surrounded by an art gallery, a theatre and a library. The art gallery was named after a well-known cubist artist born in Sremska Mitrovica, Lazar Vozarević, whose paintings are a part of the permanent setting. On the theatre stage one can see not only incredible perfromances of drama clubs, but also many guest performances from other prestigious theatres. Other side of the town centre boasts an array of cafés, ice cream shops and boutiques. The streets around Žitni trg are lined up with ancient buildings with beautiful balconies dating back to the previous centuries. Strolling down by the river quay, one can enjoy a peaceful walk while watching sunset reflect on the water. The river can be crossed by using the St. Iriney’s Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in Serbia and Balkan. Alternatively, for those who seek the hustle and bustle of a city, Novi Sad and Belgrade are only about an hour’s drive away. On the other hand, if you are more interested in spending your time surrounded by nature, Zasavica – one of the major wildlife refuges and authentically preserved wetlands in Serbia, and Fruška gora are the right places for you. In Sremska Mitrovica you will find yourself spoiled for choice!
Written by: Tamara Jovanović