Pančić's Peak

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Pančić's Peak
Pančićev vrh.jpg
Mausoleum of Josif Pančić on Pančić's Peak
Elevation 2,017 m (6,617 ft)
Pančić's Peak is located in Serbia
Pančić's Peak
Pančić's Peak
Location in Serbia
Location Serbia, Kosovo[a]
Range Kopaonik (Rhodope Mountains)
Coordinates 43°16′05″N 20°49′33″E / 43.268056°N 20.825833°E / 43.268056; 20.825833Coordinates: 43°16′05″N 20°49′33″E / 43.268056°N 20.825833°E / 43.268056; 20.825833

Pančić's Peak (Serbian: Панчићев врх, Pančićev vrh) is the highest point in the Kopaonik mountain range. The peak is located on the border between Serbia[1] and Kosovo[a].[2][3] Next to the radio tower at its top is a memorial to Josif Pančić.[4] The peak is 2,017 m high, and can be easily reached from the Konaci tourist complex by foot.[5] The Serbian portion of Pančić's Peak and the Kopaonik mountains are part of the Kopaonik National Park.[1]

The mountain peak was previously named Milan's Peak (Миланов врх, Milanov vrh) after the first king of modern Serbia, Milan Obrenović. On 7 July 1951 it was renamed after the Serbian botanist Josif Pančić, who is buried at the top in a small mausoleum[6] damaged during the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.[7][8][9]

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  1. ^ a b Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.


  1. ^ a b See:Pančićev vrh on Google Maps
  2. ^ Pančić's Peak (Milanov Vrh) is at the tripoint where the districts of Raška, Rasina, and Kosovska Mitrovica meet.
  3. ^ "Kosovo". Encyclopædia Britannica. the Kopaonik Mountains are situated along the northeastern border with Serbia 
  4. ^ TRANSVERZALA "JOSIF PANČIĆ" NA KOPAONIKU (in Serbian. English translation:From KT-5, one can go on Pančić's Peak 2016m, where is mausoleum of Josif Pančić, which is inside of military object and can be visited only with a previous permission issued by the Military.)
  5. ^ Pančićev Vrh, Mar 12, 2008
  6. ^ Josif Pančić i Kopaonik (in Serbian)
  7. ^ Gađali i mauzolej (They bombed mausoleum), Ilustrovana Politika (in Serbian)
  8. ^ Sempervivum kopaonikense in Kopaonik gora
  9. ^ House of Commons Hansard Debates for 26 Apr 1999 (pt 26)