The legend of the Serbian Romeo and Juliet is a story that every man from Vranje would proudly tell you. A historical story testifies to the relationship between the Turks and the local Serbs, is also a story dedicated to great love.
Gamzigrad is an archaeological site near city of Zajecar in East Serbia and the ancient Roman palace - Felix Romuliana dating from the late 3rd and early 4th centuries. It represents the residence of the Roman Emperor Gaius Valerius Maximianus Galerius. According to his mother Romula, he called the palace Romuliana. The memorial complex is one of the best preserved examples of Roman architecture in this region. It’s well known for its frescoes and mosaics. It is placed on the World Heritage List protected by UNESCO.
Timacum Minus - archaeological site dating from 1st to 6th century AD was reconstructed four times during the era of Emperor Justinian. In the records of ancient writers from the 3rd and 4th century, this region was described as a wine producing area.
As for what exactly that name means?
The Balkan - a Land of Honey & Blood.
Well, dispute persists, not surprisingly a combination of two words “Bal” means in Turkish honey and “Kan” blood. The Ottoman Turks were first to give this region the name "Balkan," shortly after conquering it in 15th century. They found a beautiful country, but they found also a very strong population who resist in a very exceptional way. And they were saying, this is the country of the honey and blood.
If we look back in history before Turks, Serbia’s strategic location between two continents has subjected to territorial invasions by many empires through centuries.