Vršac is a city of rich culture, history, with picturesque natural beauties, a city where traditions and contemporary trends of life overlap. The city itself is located on the edge of the Pannonian Plain in south-eastern Banat, at the foot of the Vršac Mountains and along the border with Romania. Vršac is one of the oldest Banat cities, known for its specific climate and clean air, because winds blows during more than 200 days a year and constantly purify the city air. The cultural wealth of this city is vast, because it abounds in many churches, cultural institutions and buildings of different styles, where each object has its own specific story. Some of the most important sights of Vrsac are the Vrsac Tower – the city’s symbol, the Mesić Monastery, a cathedral dedicated to St. Gerhard, Vladičanski Dvor (Bishopric), the Old Pharmacy, the Sterija House, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, six museums. Vršac is a home city to many prominent persons, most notably Jovan Sterija Popović, a famous Serbian dramatist, then Paja Jovanović – a famous painter of Serbian realism, Josif Jovanović Sakabenta – a bishop, Vasko Popa – a famous poet, Bora Kostić – a chess master, Žarko Zrenjanin – a national hero and many others. When we talk about Vršac, we first think of wine and vineyards. This region is famous for its long tradition of growing grapevine and producing quality wines. Therefore, when you head towards Vršac, make sure to stop at one of the wineries where you will be welcomed by friendly hosts and a glass of good wine. Wineries that should make it to your must-visit list in this part of Vojvodina are Vinik, Bahus, Sočanski, Selecta, and Conte Vallone.
THE MESIĆ MONASTERY
The Mesic Monastery is a nunnery dedicated to the birth of St. John the Baptist. It is one of the most important monasteries in the south-east Banat. The first written document mentioning the Mesić Monastery is the record of donations of the Peć Patriarchy from 1660 and 1666. It was most probably built by someone from the Branković family in the 15th century. In the eighteenth century, the monastery gained a representative appearance it has today, then a guest house was built and the new baroque bell tower added to the temple. Wall painting consists of three layers of frescoes from the 16th to the 19th century. The Mesić Temple is adorned with an icon to which miraculous power is attributed, and is located on the throne of the Mother of God. It is known as the Mother of God “It is Truly Meet”, which originated from Atos and arrived in the Mesić Monastery in 1803.
THEODORE OF VRŠAC CHURCH
The temple of St. Theodore of Vršac was erected in 2002 in honour of St. Theodore of Vršac, on the Vršački Breg. The Bishop of Vršac, Teodor Nestorović, in 1594 led the uprising of the people of the Banat against the Turks. The patron of the church is Rodoljub Drašković, and the iconography at the temple was painted in 2003.
GERHARD’S CATHEDRAL IN VRŠAC
St. Gerhard’s Cathedral is the largest Roman Catholic church in Serbia and was built between 1860 and 1863. The cathedral was built in Gothic style. The interior of the church is richly decorated with altar paintings, stained-glass windows, sculptures and carved furniture. The organ has a special value, so the cathedral also represents a concert hall, where many choirs and famous singers perform.
Dinar ethno-house is located on the road to the Vršac Tower. This authentic restaurant with local cuisine specialties is a combination of tradition and modern demands of consumers. The interior of the ethno-house is made of wood, and the ambience of the restaurant itself takes you back to the ancient times of our ancestors. The restaurant consists of two parts, the first in ethno style, the second is a wine hall. Here visitors can enjoy in the specialties of national cuisine and a wide range of wines from the local winery, as well as home-made brandy.
Vinik winery is the first registered winery in Vrsac and it is located in the proper wine cellar. The winery was created as a continuation of the long family tradition of wine production. It is distinguished by the production of several types of wines produced by no other manufacturer in Serbia. Especially standing out are the pink desert wine called “Berrmeto” and “Late Vintage Barrique”. There is also a special atmosphere of the visit to the Vinik wine cellar where guests can taste different varieties of quality wines in an authentic ambience.