Pirot – A Town of Kilim Carpets

This little town is situated in south of Serbia, close to the border with Bulgaria. Pirot is trapped between mountains from all sides. Today these mountains, that is the Vlaske mountains, the Svrljiske mountains, the Stara mountain and the Suva mountain, are rare examples of untouched nature. But these natural giants are not all Pirot has on its menu. There are also the river Nisava, the river Rasnicka, the river Jerma and the Zavojsko lake.

Pirot emerged from the foundations of an antique Roman settlement of Turres, meaning “towers” in Latin. Later on, under the influence of Greeks, it was renamed into Pirgos, but still kept its initial meaning, since Pirgos, in Greek, also means “towers”.

The most admired trademark of Pirot is its Kilim rug, or Kilim carpet. This rug is a truly unique item and it differs from Persian rugs in terms of patterns, which are always geometrical, and it is smooth on both sides. Tapestry production in this area became so successful since Pirot is also known for sheep farming and its delicious sheep cheese.

Cultural and Historic Sights

The fortress of the town of Momcilo, The house of the Hristic family, The “White Cat” house, The “Karlo Skacel” pharmacy building, The house of Stojan Bozilovic, Old trades and crafts shops on the square of the Republic in Tijabara, The church of Christ’s birth in Pazar, The Serbian and Greek military cemetery in Metiljavica, The monument of liberty – dedicated to those who freed Pirot of Turkish chains.

Events

Chubby vs Skinny” – a football match between chubby and skinny people (April 1st), Books and graphic design fair (February), St. George’s day (May), The fishermen ball (January), The Roma ball (January), The international fair of cheese (august), The traditional fair of Pirot (August), The Pirot art colony (summer period), “The Pirot summer”, The fair of bee keepers (March), The day of Pirot’s liberation (December 28th).

Pirot Surroundings

The greater area of Pirot is full of beautiful picnic and camping sites. There is a resort on the slopes of the Stara mountain, where alpinists can conquer the highest peak of Serbia, a 2.170 meters high natural skyscraper known as the Midzor peak. Then, the Vrelo picnic site, Temac, situated in the canyon of the river Temsica, that is the “Little Colorado” as locals like to call it, The monastery of Sukovo near the Jerma river, the Poganovo picnic resort, where the beautiful St. John monastery can be found, and finally a camping site on the Zavojsko lake. All these places are extremely attractive when it comes to fishing or simply enjoying the charms of Pirot’s wild nature.

Discover Pirot – a town of Kilim carpets!