|Copyright: David Lazic (Natasa-David)
|Date Taken: 2006-07-18|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-09-27 6:01|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Žabljak (Serbian Cyrillic: Жабљак, Turkish: Yabliyak) is a town in northern Montenegro. The town of Žabljak has a population of 1,937.|
Žabljak is the seat of the Montenegrin municipality with the same name (population 4,204 in 2003). The town is in the centre of Durmitor mountain region, at an altitude of 1456m, which makes it the highest situated town on the Balkans.
The first Slav name of the place was “Varezina voda” possibly because of the strong source of drinkable water nearby, making a settlement possible. Later, the town was renamed “Hanovi” or originally “Anovi” because it was where caravans rested. Today's name is dates from the year 1870, when in one and the same day the building of a school, of a church and of a captain's home was begun. However, almost all the original buildings were destroyed during the Balkan Wars. All that was left was the old church of Sv. Preobraženje (Holy Transfiguration), built in 1862 as a monument to the victory in the battle against the Turks. Right after Žabljak was established as a town, a few retail stores and a few cafes were also opened. Thus, in the 1880s Žabljak was already a kind of a market-place, making it in time also the administrative center of the region.
In the period shortly before World War II, Žabljak was a small town with typical mountain architecture. Its unique nature was already drawing the attention of tourists from the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and also from abroad, especially Italy (because of very close ties between Montenegro and Italy).
During World War 2 Žabljak was burnt right to its foundations. After the war, Žabljak rebuilt itself and has become Montenegro's center for winter sports.
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I like your richly colored image David. It breaks the "don't divide your composition in half" rule but somehow it doesn't bother me much. You captured a nice feeling of this open grassland and distant hills.
Evelynn : )
This is a very nice shot, I like the saturated colours. You've managed to add depth to this rather flat landscape, great job!