WHERE TO STAY?
From Belgrade it is 164 km.
From Donji Milanovac it is 16km.
HOW TO GET THERE?
A signpost marks the turning from the main road, but be careful not to miss it because it lies behind a sudden curve. (You descend a few hundred metres down a steep path). Parking place available on site.
On the right bank of the river Danube in the Djerdap gorge, 130 km from Belgrade, lies Lepenski Vir, a settlement from the Middle Stone Age known to cultural connoisseurs throughout the world as a site of unusual and especially advanced prehistoric culture. Lepenski Vir is the oldest settlement in this region, and the first organized built human settlement.
On an area of about 3,000 m2 there are more than 100 trapezoidal houses in a careful urban arrangement. The first examples of monumental sculpture in Europe were found here, from the period 7,000-6,000 BC, the most famous among them being fishlike human heads. Several key things set Lepenski Vir apart from other prehistoric cultures. It was continuously inhabited for about 2,000 years and during that time its people travelled the evolutionary path from hunters and fruit gatherers to an organized socio-economic community.
The inhabitants of Lepenski Vir were the first urban planners and builders in this area because they built houses on a trapezoidal plan with a structure of timber, leaves and the skins of wild animals. In the houses there was a hearth, a small altar and stone sculptures representing deities. These sculptures have become a recognizable sign of Lepenski Vir around the world and are the oldest art of its kind in Europe.
Lepenski Vir was discovered in 1965 during extensive excavation at Djerdap, carried out for the construction of the Djerdap I hydroelectric power plant. After the excavation was completed, the level of the Danube rose, and the site was recently moved 17 metres higher. The Lepenski Vir Museum in Djerdap houses decorated ceramics and many bone artefacts decorated with ornaments.
In 2011, a new visitor centre was opened under a dome, which preserves the remains of a culture whose discovery astonished the world.