Thursday, May 31, 2018

Drvengrad - Mokra Gora

On our holiday in Serbia, we visited Drvengrad. For all of you incurably in love with unique places, pin this down onto your travel list.
The ethno-village Drvengrad (Wooden town) is nestled right on Mechavnik hill, settled between the two beautiful mountains - Tara and Zlatibor. It was built by Serbian film-maker Emir Kusturica for the needs of his film Life is a Miracle.    Around the world it is also known as Kustendorf; The Kustendorf festival is also hosted by the creator of it - the award-winning director Emir Kusturica. It is a unique festival, without a red carpet, billboards and advertisements and it is fully devoted to film, music, friendships and exchange of creative ideas and energy.


The rectangular village's main street leads from the entrance gate on one end to an orthodox Christian church on the other end. The main street is paved with wooden blocks and surrounded by authentic log cabins brought in from their original locations and placed on foundations made of stone.

The streets in the village are named after many famous people. The main street carries the name of the Nobel prize winner, the writer Ivo Andrić.
Other streets carry the names of Nikola Tesla, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Diego Maradona, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Novak Đoković, to name a few.

“Drvengrad” has an art gallery, a library, a cinema called “Underground” after one of Kusturica’s most famous films, a cake shop, a couple of restaurants, souvenir stalls, etc.

The beautiful thing is that the log cabins can be rented if you are in for an adventure.

Just below these stalls on a lower level, there is an art gallery with a free entrance. We were lucky to see the works of Ratko Lalic.  We enjoyed them immensely for their expressiveness and phenomenally created 3D effect. I am not sure if my pictures do them justice...


Divya N said...

The place does look like a film set - posh and tidy. I cannot believe that it is a tourist spot for it looks so well maintained

Anonymous said...

That is a very peculiar but pretty, intriguing place!

Atelier Marie-Lucienne said...

Just as I said before: This place looks as if it's out of a fairy tale. The wooden pavements is stunning (might become a bit slippery when it's raining though). The whole place seems to have a special aura!

Kim said...

Drvengrad does have the look of being lost in a magical fairytale. Love those sweet little buildings. Those photos of you and your husband are fun, Maya. The art works of Ratko Lalic are incredible. So much detail; I would imagine one could look at them for hours and still discover something new. Those mountains, verdant hillsides and blue, blue sunshine-filled skies are sublime!

handmade by amalia said...

I enjoyed coming with you on vacation, Maya, hope we do it again soon :-)

A Crafty Mix said...

That's so beautiful Maya, it honestly looks like it escaped off of the pages of a fairy tale and those view. OMW, stunning