Mount Javor

Mount Javor

Mountain of song and history

Legend says that the famous hero Boško Jugović wounded went from field of Kosovo after the Battle of Kosovo on the mountain Javor, to heal his wounds. He knew that this mountain cures with its clear streams, healing herbs even the greatest illnesses. Even today, this is an interesting touristic spot, full of history, tales, legends and hospitable people…

Long travelled the warrior on his trusty steed. Wounded, torn out. Far away is the field of Kosovo. And one day he arrived to one hill atop of the town of Ivanjica. They say, people cured his wounds for a long time. They cured him with herbs and ailments from the mountains Javor and Golija, but there were no cure for the warrior. Legend says he died here. He was buried here. Centuries later they built a church on that spot. On exact spot of the grave of the ancient warrior. The tale and belief is that here lay the bones of the none other than the ancient warrior hero Boško Jugović. The nine centuries old oaks bring great shade in the place. The people of these parts planted them in memory of all Jugović brothers. And when you go on you will come by mount Javor, that heroic and historical mountain. Mountain on which, in every war, great battles were fought, blood was given and lives were given, for Serbia…

Nurturing that given from creation

img_9536.jpg Nature has given many things to the mount Javor which is located 30 km from the town of Ivanjica. You can rarely find this kind of nature. Its height is 1500 meters, lots of springs and streams. Probably the same giving nature made also the people here full of spirit and joy. You can not pass through any village and not be greeted, and welcomed. Every traveler and guest is welcome here.

And there are hundreds of reasons to come to the villages on mount Javor. Nature is intact. The locals nurture only that what was given to them from the creation of the world. Pine trees, pastures with plenty of healing herbs, forest strawberries, mushrooms. Many that came to this parts with the bronchitis, asthma, anemia problems, came back home revitalized, cured. Javor is genuine air spa. It is enough only to go, from the first dawn, by its paths, drink spring water and you will feel better. Scientific researches has shown that these areas have high concentration of iodine from the pine forests.

Mount Javor is pretty in every season. In hot days it is real enjoyment to come here. Sun is shining but it is not singeing, forests, cool mountain water will make your stay more than pleasant.

Every villager here is a true encyclopedia of knowledge. Here, the tradition is respected, ancestors and the thing that makes them specially proud is the song. Everybody sings beautifully on mount Javor. And they do that a lot. When they are mowing, digging, reaping. You can always hear the song. “Wind is blowing from Golija, gone is my Andjelija”, they are singing. And mount Golija is right there near them. These people proudly wear Serbian waistcoat and Serbian hat, playing the flute and diple. The young and the old…

Serbia was defended here

img_9577.jpg Until the Balkan war in 1912 on mount Javor was Serbian-Turkish border. From long times ago in Devići, Kušići, Katići lived fighters, heroes that did not give in to others for even a foot of their country. They cherished it as their greatest treasure. Mount Javor is called historical mountain. It has every reason to be called that. The battles were fought here in 1804, and in Javor war from 1876 to 1878 and in the Balkan war. Local remember with pride and reverence of their own heroes. Those who come to this mountain will be by all means shown the monument to major Ilić, who left his life here, defending Javor. They made him a monument from which he can, even now observe and guard his fellow countrymen from Javor. The elder local say that he was born in the vicinity of Jagodina, but that he defended thi place like here was his berth house. They also say that if Boško Jugović could have made it to Javor and Golija, he would survive. He would be cured by mountain water, clean air. That was probably the reason why he went to Javor, so the elders say. He knew that this mountain had a cure for everyone.

Easy and quick arrival

vila-angelina-kusici.jpg Villages in vicinity of Javor and Golija are involved, for a long time now, in village tourism. They can offer much to the tourists. Year after year grows the number of those who wish to come here and spend their vacation in nature and tranquility. From the town of Ivanjica to the village of Kušići you must travel about 30 km. Roads are paved with asphalt so you can reach this tourist destination easily and quickly.

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