Pančić's Peak

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Pančić's Peak
Pančićev vrh.jpg
Mausoleum of Josif Pančić on Pančić's Peak
Highest point
Elevation2,017 m (6,617 ft)
Coordinates43°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
Native name
Pančić's Peak is located in Serbia
Pančić's Peak
Pančić's Peak
Location in Serbia (including Kosovo)
LocationBrus, Serbia
Parent rangeKopaonik
Normal routeFrom Brzeće

Pančić's Peak (Serbian: Панчићев врх, romanizedPančićev vrh, Albanian: Maja Pançiq[1]) is the highest point in the Kopaonik mountain range, which straddles southern Serbia and northern Kosovo.[a] The peak is 2,017 m high,[2] located in the Brus municipality in Serbia.[3][4][5][6] The Serbia–Kosovo demarcation line lies some 50 m south of the summit.[7][3] Pančić's Peak is part of the Suvo Rudište mountainous plateau and natural zone[8] of the Kopaonik National Park. The Kopaonik tourist center operates cable cars to Pančić's Peak and Suvo Rudište Peak.[9][10]


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, whose remains were buried at the top in a small mausoleum,[11] located next to the radio tower.[12] A memorial to Pančić was placed at the top already in 1897.[13] The site was damaged during the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.[14][15][16] The Serbian portion of the Kopaonik (including Pančić's Peak) are part of the Kopaonik National Park, and the only road access to the peak is via the park.[7] The peak can be easily reached from the Konaci tourist complex by foot.[2]

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  1. ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 101 UN member states (with another 13 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 92 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.


  1. ^ "Nazewnictwo Geograficzne Świata" (PDF) (in Polish). Warsaw: Komisja Standaryzacji Nazw Geograficznych poza Granicami Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej. 2009. p. 116. Maja Pançiq [alb.]; Pančićev vrh [serb.]
  2. ^ a b Summit Post 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Katastarske parcele iz digitalnog katastarskog plana 03.03.2010". Republički geodetski zavod. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help); "Initial geoportal". geoSerbia.
  4. ^ "Kultura". Opština Brus. Archived from the original on 2016-05-01. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  5. ^ "O Brusu". Turizam Opštine Brus.
  6. ^ "Жикина Шареница". RTS. 21 August 2011.
  7. ^ a b Pančićev vrh at Google Maps.
  8. ^ "Suvo Rudište". Nacionalni park Kopaonik.
  9. ^ "Plan naselja Suvo Rudište". Turistički centar Kopaonik.
  10. ^ "Kopaonik". Ski resorts of Serbia.
  11. ^ "Josif Pančić i Kopaonik" (in Serbian). Skijanje. Archived from the original on 3 January 2011.
  12. ^ "TRANSVERZALA "JOSIF PANČIĆ" NA KOPAONIKU" (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 2010-08-30. [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.]
  13. ^ Budislav Tatič; Božidar P. M. Ćurčić (1998). Sabrana dela Josifa Pančića: Zoološki radovi. Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva. p. 421. ISBN 9788617345455.
  14. ^ "Gađali i mauzolej" [They even bombed the mausoleum] (in Serbian). Ilustrovana Politika. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Sempervivum kopaonikense in Kopaonik gora". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  16. ^ House of Commons Hansard Debates for 26 Apr 1999 (pt 26), remarks of Tam Dalyell citing Kenneth Aitcheson of Rescue (British Archaeological Trust).


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