Rhythm of Serbia » RitamSrbije | 87 Na usamljenoj planini u beskrajnom zelenilu listopadnih šuma vekuje oko 16 manastira Around 16 monasteries were built on this lonely mountain, in the endless greenery of deciduous forests And, thus, with the sea gone, I will flow over these lives of ours, with the dawns of FruškaGora Standing alone in the middle of the plain, this mountain that used to be an island in a large sea – which is why it is referred to as a mirror of the geographical past – today preserves Europe's largest linden forest, and above it the eastern imperial eagle, which in Europe lives only here and elsewhere in its beautiful Vojvodina Once upon a time, many millions of years ago, an island existed in the Pannonian Sea. When the sea dried up and was replaced by an endless beautiful plain, a mountain remained to display its glory, as a lone guardian of Vojvodina, with ridges covered with oak, hornbeam, beech and linden forests stretching out from its heights. It was so beautiful andhad such cultural andhistorical importance that it became the first of Serbia‘s five national parks. Fruška Gora boasts the highest concentration of linden forest in Europe and honey produced there contains as much as 93 per cent of linden nectar. Apart from that, scientists have also determined that the geographical position of Fruška Gora and its vegetation are directly responsible for creating a specific microclimate that is extremely beneficial for the body and mind, with the so-called fruškogorac wind also contributing. In the forests here you can find 30 rare species of orchids with scents that are truly magical, while Fruška Gora is also the country‘s only nesting ground of the eastern imperial eagle, the most endangered species on the world‘s “red list”. IrigWreath represents the peak of FruškaGora and is one of the most popular excursion spots. It offers a magnificent view that extends as far as Belgrade‘s Mount Avala and is also the location of the large “Freedom” monument, erected in 1951 in honour of fallen warriors and the People‘s Liberation Struggle. However, another peak, Stražilovo, has served as inspiration for poets to write verses about it. e hill above the town of Sremski Karlovci, packed with seemingly endless greenery, is guarded by great Serbian poet Branko Radičević, who often stayed there. Miloš Crnjanski also dedicated verses to this place and the village of Radičević in his work Stražilovo, one of the most beautiful poems ever written in the Serbian language. … And peace, peace everywhere, when I unfurl what happened and I bow my head, to that, which awaits me; to an entire area from which the wine poured and laughter, and wonderful impudence, far away. And, thus, with the sea gone, I will flow over these lives of ours, with the dawns of Fruška Gora And, thus, without drink, I will play, until death, jumping happy, drunk, beings… On this lonely mountain, in the endless greenery of deciduous forests, around 16monasteries were built between the 16th and 18th centuries, in the style of Baroque and Moravian architecture of medieval Serbia. It is because of them that Fruška Gora is also dubbed the Holy Mountain or Serbian Athos. ere used to be many more monasteries, but the most famous of those that survived the destruction are Krušedol, Novo Hopovo, Grgeteg and Jazak. We also shouldn‘t forget that thismountain ismade exceptional by its rich vineyards. Fruška Gora‘s lanes are also wine trails, so it is at these wineries, many of which are arranged as old Srem homesteads, that you can experience the time and spirit of the old Srem folk with a glass of high-quality wine. Do you need more reasons to come?