The first written mentioning on life in this area was in 5th century by Herodot, historian from Greece, as an area settled with people, farmers. Romans monument’s discovered area on the coast of river Veternica. It’s first name was Globucica, than Veternica, and later on Leskovac. Final name was after very large numbers of haze nut tree.
In the 6th and 7th century Slavs settle this area. Archeological findings from the multi-layer sites indicate that the Scordisci and Triballi inhabited the Leskovac valley before the Roman conquest in the 1st century BC. In addition, certain written documents from 12th century can be found. They speak about Greek emperor Manojlo gave territory Dubočica to Serbian Emperor Great Stefan Nemanja.
Especially relevant, famous cultural-historic monuments in this area are: the Roman necropolis in Mala Kopasnica originating from 2nd century AD, the Eastern Roman town of Justiniana Prima built in 535 AD (on about 20 km distance).
By the legend there was great lake by the settled area in that time. When it dried, it become hazel territory (hazel is Les in Serbian). That’s how Leskovac got it’s name. Yet, during the era of Turks ruling of the territory name for today’s Leskovac was Hisar, that means fortress.
At the end of 18th century Leskovac was center of it’s area with 15 thousand inhabitants. In addition, by the end of 18th century this city was named Manchester of Serbia. As a result of it’s modern and developed textile industry. First wool factory here founded in 1896.
Leskovac today is modern city and one of biggest in Serbia. With rich culture and sports life and it’s young people it is a great place to be. It is center of Jablanica county and as such represents surrounding territory.
It is second largest city in south east Serbia, after city of Nis. In it’s area there are few things that you must see. Pašina česma is picnic site near the city, Kukavica hiking or Sijarinska spa near the city. What are Leskovac tourist sights see on post for that. Hydro power plant Vučje and many more are part of their tourist offer. Read our page about Vučje.
In this city there is great museum, with official rewards as the best museum in Serbia. It also got few rewards from international institutions like channel Viasat History etc. Rostiljijada Leskovac grill festival is held here.
Where is city of Leskovac
City of Leskovac is located in Jablanica district, on river Veternica. Beside hill Hisar. You can come to here with highway and also regional road.
Except for roads, here is also developed train transportation. You can come to Leskovac with train from Athens (Greece), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Skopje (North Macedonia). First railroad here was built back in 1886.
And also, near Leskovac are cities Nis, Pirot, Prokuplje, Zajecar and Vranje. Distance from city of Nis is about 45km, from Belgrade about 300km. Distance from Bulgarian capital Sofia is 165 kilometers and from North Macedonian Skopje is about 167km.
Bus station Leskovac is located in Viljama Pusmana street. Contact telephone is 016 215 550. Trains station in Leskovac is located in Kralja Petra street. Contact telephone number is 016 212 390.
Average year temperature in Leskovac
Top photo by Koridanaselje CC BY-SA 3.0 ; Hisar view of Leskovac photo by Flammard CCbY-SA 3.0