Monday, March 19, 2012

Back in the USA

We left our hostel at 3:30am this morning and saw the Serbian sunrise from the airport.  We arrived back in Winchester a bit before 6:00pm.  All of us were sad to say farewell to Serbia, but glad to be back in the states at the same time.

This past week was jammed pack with activities.  Our group explored Serbia’s past by visiting the Mesolithic settlement at Lepenski Vir, Roman ruins at Viminacium, ethno village of Sirogojna, Skull Tower (the Ottoman Empire’s attempt to prevent further Serbian revolts), and Memorial Park.  

The village of Sirogojna demonstrating Serbian life in the 19th century.

Skull Tower:  The Ottoman Empire created a tower out of 952 skulls of fallen Serbian warriors to act as a warning to those opposing the empire.  Only 58 skulls remain.

Memorial Park: The site of Nazi execution of over 2,000 men and boys.

We also looked at religion in Serbia through visits to Saint Sava Temple, Bajrakli Mosque, and Belgrade Synagogue.   Additionally, we visited the Tesla Museum and Stopica cave.

Thank you Shenandoah University to giving us the opportunity to experience the great country of Serbia!

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