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Town and municipality
Orthodox church in Despotovac
Orthodox church in Despotovac
Flag of Despotovac
Coat of arms of Despotovac
Coat of arms
Location of the municipality of Despotovac within Serbia
Location of the municipality of Despotovac within Serbia
Coordinates: 44°05′N 21°26′E / 44.083°N 21.433°E / 44.083; 21.433Coordinates: 44°05′N 21°26′E / 44.083°N 21.433°E / 44.083; 21.433
Country  Serbia
Region Šumadija and Western Serbia
District Pomoravlje
Settlements 33
 • Mayor Nikola Nikolić (SNS)
 • Municipality 623 km2 (241 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)[2]
 • Town 4,212
 • Municipality 22,995
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 35213
Area code +381 35
Car plates JA (old) DE (new)

Despotovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Деспотовац) is a town and municipality located in the Pomoravlje District of the central Serbia. It is 130 kilometers southeast of Belgrade. Its name stems from Despot, a title of Serbian medieval prince Stefan Lazarević. In 2011 the town has a total population of 4,212, while the municipality has a population of 22,995.


The Serb Orthodox monastery of Manasija was built between 1406[3]-1418 and is one of the most significant monuments of Serbian culture, belonging to the "Resava school" (Serbian architecture)

In 1406 at the Battle of Despotovac Serbians led by Stefan Lazarević defeated the Ottomans led by Musa Çelebi.

From 1929 to 1941, Despotovac was part of the Morava Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.


Ethnic groups in the Despotovac municipality (2002 census):

  • Serbs = 24,529
  • Vlachs = 427
  • others


Aside from the town of Despotovac, the municipality includes the following settlements:

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