Special Nature Reserve
Gorge of river Mileševka

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Location

The Gorge of Mileševka River lies in the far southwest of Serbia in territory of Prijepolje municipality in immediate vicinity of the Mileševa Monastery. The total area of this protected property is 1.244,14 ha.

History
The Gorge of Mileševka River was first put under protection in 1976 as regional natural park reserve of spruces Ravnište. The protection audit was conducted in 2014, Government of Republic of Serbia adopted Decree on the Designation of the Special Nature Reserve Klisura reke Mileševkein 2014, classified in the first category of national importance. The management is entrusted to the Public Enterprise Srbija šume.

Nature
Above the rocky and whirpooling riverbed of the river Mileševka, tall and vigorous relic plant rises - Pancic's spruce (Serbian spruce), which overshadows in its abundance and extinguished greenery and breathes life into the mountain region. Pancic’s spruce, yew, sweet chestnut, walnut, ostrya, and fir are some of the 317 plant species of not completely explored Mileševka gorge. On the steep cliffs of the Mileševka gorge lives bear, wolf, chamois, and other rare animal species in Europe. In beautiful and wild cliffs of Mileševka up to a decade ago, one could meet the elder of the vulture, one of the largest prey birds in the world. This unique and rare bird, weighing 13 kg and with three meter wingspan, is a European Condor. The Mileševka River Reservoir, 7 km long, today represents the empire of prey birds. So far, there are 19 daily and nine night birds have been recorded in the Mileševka gorge, along with the river Uvac gorge, which is in the immediate vicinity. In the Mileševka gorge nestles griffon vulture, elf owl, Ural owl, booted eagle, common kestrel, and peregrine falcon, species that are rarely seen in Serbia.

Landmarks
Special characteristic and natural features of the Mileševka gorge are the wilderness, roughness, vigour, inaccessibility, gorge in some parts more than 300 meters high, as the sides are almost vertical down to riverbed. Reserve Ravnište is southernmost habitat of the relic and endemic tree of Pancic’s spruce.

Medieval city Mileševac in Hisardžik.

The cave houses of St. Sava were built in the 13th century imitating hermitage cells in Hilandar Monastery.

Tourism
At the entrance to the gorge there is a Mileševa Monastery, King Stefan Vladislav Endowment (first half of the 13th century). The monastery is immovable cultural asset as a cultural monument of exceptional significance. Frescoes from Mileševa are among the best European achievements of the 13th century, and the most famous of th em are the White Angel.

Through the Mileševka River Gorge, the hiking path begins under the last tunnel of abandoned route. The 5 km long path passes through the picturesque part of gorge, with the possibility of three places where the river can be reached. After Ravnica, path continues along the river Međana to Pocrkvina, and from there continues four kilometres of deserted road to the village Aljinovići, on the road Nova Varoš - Sjenica. Visits to the Mileševka River Gorge are from May to October, accompanied by professional local guides. Despite the great influence of man on nature, nature reserve of Mileševka River gorge has remained almost intact until the present day. The Mileševka River Gorge is a real paradise.

Contact:
JP „Srbija šume – Beograd
Bulevar Mihajla Pupina br. 113, 11070 Novi Beograd
Phone +381 11 711 27 70; +381 11 711 34 10, faks +381 11 711 85 13
Šumsko gazdinstvo Prijepolje
Valterova 155, 31300 Prijepolje
phone +381 33 713 650, +381 33 713 651
email: sgprijepolje@open.telekom.rs