THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED – THE MARBLE ROAD IN SERBIA

Posted on April 17, 2014 by

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Do you know what the White House in Washington, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in New York, the obelisk in the centre of Buenos Aires, the facades of the airport and museums in Cairo and Tokyo have in common with the St George Church in Arandjelovac, Serbia?

They were all made from the same high quality marble, mined from one small place in central Serbia, Vencac in Arandjelovac. My last post was about playing volleyball in Arandjelovac but during my visit I noticed a lots of sculpture scattered around the town and they are all white. When we spoke to the locals they mentioned huge reserves of high quality marble in Vencac  Mountain which is within walking distance of the town.

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On the way to the town we stopped at a small village called Orasac, the birthplace of the First Serbian Uprising. As well as the school, church and museum there is 12-ft high statue in white marble dedicated to the leader of the uprising and later king. Later, his successors built the Royal Mausoleum, St George Church, from the same marble at Oplenac.

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In the local park full of empty benches, scattered with linden trees and a few monuments to the fallen soldiers from who knows which war as there were so many in this country, it is very much in evidence, even on the shop fronts – it is plentiful and therefore cheap.  The main park, adjacent to the Old Manor Hotel built in 1865, is full of sculptures carved from huge pieces of marble from Vencac, monuments not just to their subjects or the skill of the artist who created them, but to the king of marble which has found its way all the way to the White House. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven%C4%8Dac; http://arhiva.glas-javnosti.rs/arhiva/2001/01/13/srpski/R01011202.shtm)

These sculptor works of local and international artists were mostly created within the White Vencac International Symposium, included by the UNESCO into the most important worldwide attractions within painting arts.

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Due to the excellent quality white marble from the Serbian  mountain has “traveled” the world.  Throughout the world the important buildings were coated by Vencac  marble as well as  significant monuments, such as, for example:  obelisk to victims of Mauthausen, the airport in Cairo, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, monumental landmarks and squares in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Addis Ababa, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Dakar, Rome … Founder of Arandjelovac, prince  Milos Obrenovic was immortalized in white marble.

The Vencac marble blocks have begun to be used in 1916., when an Austro-Hungarian officer with a handful of Serbian prisoners stonemasons carved sculpture of a lion , which is still located in the park of Bukovicka spa.

 In the Dutch city Amesfoord, where symbols of majority of world countries are  represented,  lies a marble colonnade from Vencac, of  6,000 pounds weight,  representing Yugoslavia .

 

Based on:TARA GOLDSMITH  https://readyclickandgo.com/blog/the-road-less-traveled-the-marble-road-in-serbia/;

http://arhiva.glas-javnosti.rs/arhiva/2001/01/13/srpski/R01011202.shtm

 

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