Nisava River

Nisava River

Nisava is the longest river and the biggest confluent of North Morava River. Nisava River source is in Bulgaria. In Serbia Nišava River flows in length of 151 km, through Dimitrovgrad, Pirot, Bela Palanka and Niš basins. During history, the Nišava River had created wonderful 17 km-long majestic Sićevo canyon which represents unique natural reservation and provides more or less demanding hikes to the memorable observation points.

In the Sićevo Gorge area there are numerous monuments of culture, such are Medieval Monasteries of Sveta Petka in the Ostrovica village, Monastery of the Holy Virgin – Sveta Bogorodica i Sićevo, built in 1644, various churches as the Church of the Holy Prophet Elias, and ruins of the renown Roman road of “Via militaris”. There have been two hydro power plants built on Nišava River in Serbia – the Sićevo and Sveta Petka plants from 1908, which belong to the oldest hydro-power plants in Serbia and still today provide electricity of Nis. Sićevo Gorge provides its visitors various enjoyment in culture and history exploration, but also other outdoor activities as fishing, hunting, kayaking, rafting, hiking through magnificent nature, climbing and gliding.

The old and important roads such Via Militaris – the ancient Roman road and later the Turkish road to Constantinople or Tsarigrad used to pass through the Sicevo canyon. This part of Serbia recently became extremely interesting for archaeologists and anthropologists because of the Paleolithic settlement discovered in the Sicevo Gorge that is considered the richest in the Balkans. The fragment of a lower neanderthal jaw, complete with three teeth, and the neanderthal settlement and the remains of hominids were discovered in the small Balanica cave in the Sicevo gorge in the Canjon of Sicevo. “It is a pre-Neanderthal jaw that we believe is between 130,000 to 250,000 years old”, say scholars.

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