Location of the municipality of Smederevska Palanka within Serbia
|Region||Southern and Eastern Serbia|
|• Mayor||Petar Milić|
|• Municipality||422 km2 (163 sq mi)|
|Elevation||125 m (410 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Smederevska Palanka (Serbian Cyrillic: Смедеревска Паланка, pronounced [smɛ̂dɛrɛʋska pǎlaːŋka]) is a town and municipality located in the Podunavlje District of the eastern Serbia. According to the preliminary results of the 2011 census, the municipality had a total population of 50,284, while the town had 23,601 inhabitants.
Mineral water spring
Smederevska Palanka has a natural mineral water spring which is said to have been used since Roman times, and has been used by the surrounding peoples since at least 1719. On 22 April 1907, the water from the mineral springs was awarded the golden medal for quality at the London 'Balkan Fair'. The town's mineral water was introduced in London by Marco T. Leko.
According to some researchers, the town's mineral water is the 3rd best in Europe, primarily due to the natural selenium it contains.
Smederevska Palanka has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfa), bordering an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb). Smederevska Palanka holds the Serbian national record for the highest temperature ever recorded with 44.9 °C (112.8 °F), on 24 July 2007.
|Climate data for Smederevska Palanka (1981–2010, extremes 1961–2010)|
|Record high °C (°F)||20.6
|Average high °C (°F)||4.7
|Daily mean °C (°F)||0.7
|Average low °C (°F)||−2.8
|Record low °C (°F)||−29.9
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||42.4
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||13||12||12||13||13||13||10||8||10||10||12||15||139|
|Average snowy days||9||8||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||7||32|
|Average relative humidity (%)||81||75||68||66||67||68||66||66||72||75||78||82||72|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||78.1||107.6||156.3||188.8||242.4||263.9||299.1||281.8||208.7||166.1||104.8||70.2||2,167.8|
|Source: Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia|
In the vicinity of the town there are two archaeological sites: Medvednjak, near Grčac, and Staro Selo, near Selevac. They belong to the end of Neolithic and early Eneolithic, or the period 4500-3500 BC, during the developed and ending phase of the Vinča culture when the first evidence of metallurgy appeared. The culture then disappears as the population presumably migrated. Both settlements were large, spreading on 40 to 60 ha (99 to 148 acres). Findings from the later Hallstatt culture were also discovered. The most important artifacts, kept in the People's Museum in Smederevska Palanka, are the anthropomorphic figurines of high artistic and artisan value. One of the most valuable and considered unique is the one called "Woman in labor", due to its contracted position. In total, there are over 1,000 figurines, some complete, some damaged, but it is estimated that at least 3,000 of them are in personal collections.
There are also numerous finds from both Roman and Medieval periods. The most unusual of these finds is the cameo in two-layered onyx of Emperor Constantine I in full battle gear on a horse which was discovered near Kusadak, a village in the Smederevka Palanka municipality.
The town was first mentioned in 1021, in a written document currently preserved in St. Catherine's monastery in Egypt. Smederevska Palanka will celebrate its 1,000 year anniversary in 2021.
Apart from the town, the municipality of Smederevska Palanka includes the following settlements:
Society and culture
There are currently three Serbian Orthodox churches in Smederevska Palanka.
The oldest, the church of St. Elijah was built in 1827 and is one of the oldest wooden churches in Serbia. The town's Cathedral Church was built in 1902. The town's newest church, St. Petka, was built in 1997. The town's fourth Serbian orthodox church is under construction. Koporin Monastery, built in 1402 by Serbian prince Stefan Lazarević, lies just outside the town in Velika Plana.
Smederevska Palanka has four elementary schools: Vuk Karadžić, Heroj Radmila Šišković, Heroj Ivan Muker and Olga Milošević. The town has three high schools: Palanka Gymnasium, Goša Technical School, and "Žikica Damjanović" Chemical and Medical School.
Smederevska Palanka has two local operating radio-television stations; "Jasenica" and "Dević".
Smederevska Palanka has one of Serbia's oldest annual traditional fairs, the Krstovdanski Vašar which has been held since 1834 when it was introduced by Prince Miloš Obrenović. During the fair, the town is visited by 100,000 to 150,000 tourists from surrounding towns and cities.
Smederevska Palanka hosts the "Motorijada", where thousands of bikers from Serbia and the former Yugoslavia assemble for the event and live concerts in Smederevska Palanka's Kiseljak. The 2011 event featured a famous Yugoslav band, Divlje Jagode.
Smederevska Palanka is an important industrial town, primarily due to the influence of manufacturing company Goša FOM which was among one of the most companies in the former Yugoslavia. The company produces trams, train wagons as well as prefabricated steel constructions.
Other industries and businesses based in Smederevska Palanka include "Karađorđe", a company which produces mineral water and juice, "Voćar Palanka" a food manufacturer and fruit supplier as well as "Opeka Palanka", a bricks and building material manufacturer.
Additionally, Smederevska Palanka operates an Institute of Agriculture which researches seeds and vegetables.
Some of the notable people of Smederevska Palanka are:
- Stanoje Glavaš, First Serbian Uprising hero
- Miloje Popović Đak
- Vujica Vulićević
- Josip Broz Tito, statesman, lived in Smederevska Palanka and was employed as a metalworker here
- Vladimir Rakićević, researcher
- Živko Pavlović, general
- Perica Ognjenović, a football player
- Zdenko Muf, a football player
- Radmila Milentijević, former minister
- Dejan Crnomarković, journalist and writer, founder and owner of the magazine Palanacke novine and the internet portal Sumadijska vesti
- Actors:Zarko Mitrovic, Branka Pantelic, Milenko Stojanovic
- Veljko Tatalović, zanatlija
- Pera Todorović, journalist
- Aranđel Markićević Minister of Justice 1994-1998
- Mina Milutinović, Miss World Next Top Model 2012
- Ivan Načković, Russian born, lives in Smederevska Palanka, musician
After the first World War, one street in the center of Smederevska Palanka was named Francuska, or French street while a street in the French city of Grenoble was named after Palanka as a way of celebrating the friendship between Serbia and France.
Smederevska Palanka is twinned with:
- Municipalities of Serbia
- Cities and towns in Serbia
- Populated places of Serbia
- Smederevska Palanka Airport
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