Central Serbia: (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)(8) Kragujevac is the unofficial capital
city of Sumadija, often thought of as the heartland of Serbia.
According to latest census, Kragujevac's population is 180 000.
( More realistic figure would be 200 000, if not more, as the wave
of Serb refugees from Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo must have left a mark
on the city's demographics.) Kragujevac is also the industrial centre
of Serbia, as it is home to Zastava. Zastava manufactures Yugo cars,
but more impoartantly, Zastava is the primary producer of all types of
weapons in Yugoslavia, ranging from hand-guns, to tanks, artillery and
military jets. Kragujevac's economy was particulary effected by sanctions,
as Yugoslav weapons were banned from the world market from 1991 to 2000.
However, U.S., Germany and Czech Republic recently signed an agreement
for CZ 99 hand-guns, while India, Indonesia and Iran have signed a deal
for hundreds of T-90 tanks. All this could radically improve Kragujevac's
impoverished (even for Serbian standards) position. Kragujevac is
also known for a tragic incident. During World War Two, Communist
Guerillas ambushed and killed dozens of German soldiers. Although the irregular
fightars escaped, Germans retalliated by slaughtering 7 000 citizens of
Kragujevac and surrounding villages. One entire elementary school
was wiped out in the massacre.
Above: A high-school in Kragujevac.
Above: An Art Gallery.
Left: A Court-House in Kragujevac.
Right: Restaurant Moscow.
Above: A building.
Above: Two different Serbian Orthodox Churches in Kragujevac.