Location of the municipality of Zaječar within Serbia
|• Mayor||Velimir Ognjanović (SNS)|
|• Municipality||1,069 km2 (413 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code||+381 19|
Zaječar (Serbian Cyrillic: Зајечар, pronounced [zâjɛtʃar]) is a city in the eastern part of Serbia. According to the 2011 census the town has a population of 59,461, and its coordinates are 43.91° North, 22.30° East. Zaječar has a number of primary and secondary schools as well as the first private college established in Serbia, the Faculty of Management Megatrend University. Zaječar is widely known for its rock music festival Gitarijada which has existed for more than 40 years and for the festival dedicated to contemporary art, ZALET. It is the administrative center of the Zaječar District and a main town in the Timočka Krajina region.
The origin of the name is from the Torlak dialect name for "hare" = zajec / зајец (in all other Serbian dialects it is zec / зец, while in Bulgarian it is "заек / zaek"). It means "the man who breeds and keeps hares".
Early renderings of the town in English favoured Saitchar.
Aside from the city of Zaječar, the municipality includes the following settlements:
- Velika Jasikova
- Veliki Izvor
- Veliki Jasenovac
- Gornja Bela Reka
- Mala Jasikova
- Mali Izvor
- Mali Jasenovac
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The Late Roman fortified palace compound and memorial complex of Gamzigrad-Romuliana at the outskirts of Zaječar was commissioned by Emperor Caius Valerius Galerius Maximianus, in the late 3rd and early 4th century. It was known as Felix Romuliana, named after the Emperor's mother Romula. The site consists of fortifications, the palace in the north-western part of the complex, basilicas, temples, hot baths, memorial complex, and a tetrapylon. The site offers a unique testimony of the Roman building tradition marked by the ideology of the period of the Second Tetrachy. The group of buildings is also unique in its intertwining of ceremonial and memorial functions. The relation between two spatial ensembles in this site is stressed by the tetrapylon which is placed on the crossroads between the worldly fortification and palace on the one side and the other-worldly mausoleums and consecration monuments on the other.
Slavs entered the region during the 7th century, and the tribe living in the area was called Timočani. During the Middle Ages, the area of Zaječar was contested between Bulgaria, Hungary and Serbia. It finally fell under Ottoman rule during the first half of the 15th century. The oldest preserved rendering of Zaječar listed in an Ottoman defter dates from 1466. At the time, there were only eight extended families (zadrugas) living there.
In the First Serbian Uprising, Hajduk Veljko Petrović liberated the area from Ottoman rule in 1806. It was retaken bz the Ottomans in 1813, and was acceded to Serbia in 1833. It actively participated in the Serbo-Turkish War of 1876-1878. In 1883, it was partially engulfed in the famous Timok Uprising caused by a government order to take away firearms from the people. It was occupied again by Austria-Hungary during WWI from 1915-1918. From 1929 to 1941, Zaječar was part of the Morava Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During WWII, the city was occupied by the German army on 14 April 1941 and administered as part of the Territory of the Military Commander in Serbia from 22 April 1941. Zaječar was liberated on 7-8 October 1944 in a joint operation by the Yugoslav Partisans and the Red Army.
Zaječar hosted 2006 Serbian triathlon championship. The city has two sport-recreation centers, "Popova plaža" and "SRC Kraljevica" home of ŽRK Zaječar, while a third, "Kotlujevac", is under reconstruction.
Zaječar is a home of theater "Zoran Radmilović" built 2 February 1947 by the name "Oblasno narodno pozorište". The first play ever performed in the new theater was "Žita cvetaju". Theater is being renamed during its 45th (1992) bithday into "Zoran Radmilović" to celebrate a famous and beloved actor who was born there. Every year, this theater is a home of art festival "Dani Zorana Radmilovića".
The Festival of Contemporary Art ZALET (stylised as ZA*73T) organizes manifestations, such as exhibitions, concerts, literary evenings and experimental theater, with innovative and progressive aspects of artistic expressions: performance, art comics, low-fi video, video-art, conceptual art, the synthesis of fine and conceptual arts.
Gitarijada (Serbian Cyrillic: Гитаријада, trans. Guitar fest) is a musical festival held during summer in order to promote demo bands. Held since 1969, Gitarijada is one of the longest-lasting festivals in Serbia and in South Eastern Europe. Festival started its life in Zaječar during 1970. Some of notable bands from Serbia such as Bjesovi & Galija were winners on Gitarijada during '80s and '90s. The program of Gitarijada fest has a few parts. Demo battles as a main, performances of famous artists and art exhibitions surrounding themes like rock, blues, metal and similar. So far, Gitarijada has reached its 44th birthday and it is considered to be the biggest rock festival in South Eastern Europe.
- OŠ "Desanka Maksimović"
- OŠ "Ljuba Nešić"
- OŠ "Djura Jakšić"
- OŠ "Ljubica Radosavljević Nada"
- OŠ "Hajduk Veljko"
- OŠ "Vladislav Petković Dis"
- OŠ "Vuk Karadžić"
- OŠ "Jeremija Ilić Jegor"
- OŠ "Dositej Obradović"
- OŠ "15.maj"
- OŠ "Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj"
- Gymnasium (since 1836)
- Medical Assistant/Nurse high school
- Technical high school
- Business Assistant and Accountancy high school
- Machine technician high school
- Secondary Music School
The city is the seat of the Megatrend University Faculty of Management; Business School of Management.
Ethnic groups in the municipality
In 2011 census, the population of city of Zaječar numbered 59,461 people, and was composed of:
In 2011, the city of Zaječar has a population of 59,461 people, and the town has 42,916. The city has grown quickly in the last five years, and has an urban area of over 50 km².
Population through history
- 1948 - 11,861
- 1953 - 14,489
- 1961 - 18,690
- 1971 - 27,599
- 1981 - 36,958
- 1991 - 39,958
- 2002 - 49,491
- 2011 - 59,461
Zaječar is twinned with:
The people listed below were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the city of Zaječar area.
- Galerius, Roman Emperor, born in, or of a family origin from, Gamzigrad, near Zaječar, where he built the city of Felix Romuliana.
- Hajduk Veljko Petrović, one of the leaders of the First Serbian Uprising, was born in Lenovac near Zaječar c. 1780.
- Nikola Pašić, a Serbian and Yugoslav politician and diplomat, was born in 1845 in Veliki Izvor, then in the vicinity, and today a suburb, of Zaječar.
- sr:Đorđe Genčić, Interior Minister during the reign of Alexander I of Serbia, Mayor of Niš in 1894-1899, was born in Zaječar. In his family house in Belgrade the Nikola Tesla Museum is housed today.
- Svetozar Marković, political theorist and activist, was born in Zaječar in 1846.
- Simo Matavulj, novelist and short story writer, briefly taught at the Zaječar gymnasium
- Zoran Radmilović, comedy and character actor (theatre), was born in Zaječar in 1933.
- Mirko Cvetković, Ph.D., Prime Minister of Serbia 2008-2012
- Ivana Sert, Serbian-Turkish TV personality, model, and fashion designer.
- fr:Slobodan Misic-Brenda, a Canadian handball coach, was born in Brusnik near Zaječar in 1942.
- Boban Marjanović, basketball player.
- Official page of Zaječar
- Online portal of Zaječar City
- Official page of Gitarijada
- Official page of ZALET
- Official page of theatre "Zoran Radmilović"
- Zajecar news
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Zaječar.|
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- "2011 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia: Comparative Overview of the Number of Population in 1948, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2002 and 2011, Data by settlements". Statistical Office of Republic Of Serbia, Belgrade. 2014. ISBN 978-86-6161-109-4. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- "Zajecar - Arhiva". "Zoran Radmilovic". Retrieved 2012-11-07.