Dimitrovgrad

East gate


Istočna kapijaDimitrovgrad, located on the slopes of Old Mountain, is a town at the farthest east point in Serbia. It is four kilometers away from the Serbian - Bulgarian border and the crossing “Gradina”. Because of its location it is extremely attractive for transit tourism as a place where many passengers can rest.

Archaeological findings show that this location was inhabited in prehistoric times. On the ancient road known as Via Militaris (whose well-preserved remains still exist), the town of Dimitrovgrad found its place. The town changed its name several times in its long history. In ancient times it was named "Balanstra", during the Ottoman rule it was called "Tekvi Binar" and the Slavic name was "Zarinbrod" or "Caribrod”. There is an interesting legend as it comes to this last name.
The legend says: On the way back to Turkey, the site of the present Dimitrovgrad, the caravan of the Turkish emperor stopped. The emperor wished to cross to the other side of the Nišava. However, there was no bridge. Because of that, the Emperor gave the order to make a bridge, i.e. a boat. The bridge was built and the emperor’s wish was fulfilled. The place was then called by the people the "Imperial Ship" or “Caribrod”. That is how Dimitrovgrad got its old name, which it carried until 1950.
Because of the picturesque natural environment and many cultural and historical monuments in its vicinity, this small town is very attractive. There is a church of Virgin Mary’s Nativity, built in 1882 and reconstituted in 1997. In the immediate vicinity of the town, there is a church of St. Demetrius, popularly known as “Small Monastery”, built in 1870. Fifteen kilometers from Dimitrovgrad, in the valley of the Jerma river, there is the monastery of St. John the Theologian, better known as Poganovski monastery.