AN UNSEEN WONDER
The Devil's Town locality, in which the first International Colony of the Art Photos was founded in 1977, was put under the Government protection as early as in 1959 and in 1995, it was pronounced a natural facility of extraordinary importance and put into the first category Protection of Natural Monuments. Since the voting for the natural seven wonders is going on worldwide, if the adequate number of votes arrives by August 8, 2008 to the Internet addresses www.natural7wonders.com or www.djavoljavaros.com, the natural / tourist wonder of Serbia - The devil's Town has a chance to become one of them.
Devil's Kingdom", one of the most unusual natural monuments in the world,
Devil's Town, is located in the middle of Radan mountain, at the height of
about 700 meters above sea level, near the village Đake (the name comes from
the Turkish word 'blood'), close to the Prolom Spa, 27 km southeast from Kuršumlija
and 288 km from Belgrade. It takes the area of 67 hectares.
This natural monument is made of two rare natural phenomena: earthen figures and two sources of very sour mineral water with a lot of minerals. One of the sources is named "The Devil's Water" (cold and extremely sour) and the other one "The Red Well" (due to a very high concentration of iron, it leaves a very attractive red trace).
The earthen figures, the "Towers", as they are called by the local inhabitants, are squeezed between two ditches, the "Devil's" and the "Hell" one. There are 202 of them, they are 2 - 15 meters high, with stone caps on the top. Due to the erosion process, lasting for centuries, they are created, grow, change, disappear and created again.
This geomorphological phenomenon is unique in Serbia and a very rare one in the world. In Europe, there are similar occurences in the Alps and The Garden of the Gods is famous in the USA. However, in the Devil's Town, there are more towers, they are larger and steadier.
Strangely sculptured and lined, the figures create the mystic and secret impression. When the wind blows, strange sound effects are produced, which influenced the imagination of the local inhabitants. Thus, various legends of the Devil's Town creation were transfered from one generation to another one. In order to see the figures in the space better from all sides, many view points were constructed at the locality and electric power was connected accordingly.