Bela Palanka (Remessiana)
Is town in Pirot district, in south Serbia. And also near city of Niš. Bela Palanka is located at the foot of Suva and Stara Mountain. It is important because in Roman time it was Remessiana. And today, same as in past, it is a link between the East and the West.
History of Bela Palanka
Especially was relevant in IV century, in time of ruling of emperor Trajan. It got status of the City as center of the church in that area. There are still ruins of that time. They can be seen by tourists. In that time Bela Palanka was border territory too. When Romans conquered it, they named it Moesia territory. And City of Remessiana. Located between Naissus and Serdica.
Importance of Remessiana is because of Via Militaris road. In conclusion, it is thought than Bela Palanka was founded by Celts. Almost 300 b.s. The town was originally settled by the Dacians. And was known under the ancient name of Aiadava or Aeadaba. In Roman maps and itinerary this city was mentioned as center of Meseisa. Archeological exploration of Remessiana started in the end of 19th century. And after that more detailed after WWII.
In conclusion, there a lot to see here. And to be excavated in the future time. Most important findings today are from Roman time. Church, market, school, library, military and mining camp. And a lots of small money, plates, pottery and jewellery can be found. Even today after all this time. Part of that can be seen in local museum.
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