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Soko Banja

Sokobanja
Сокобања
Municipality and Town

Coat of arms

Location of the municipality of Sokobanja within Serbia

Coordinates: 43°39′N 21°52′E / 43.650°N 21.867°E / 43.650; 21.867Coordinates: 43°39′N 21°52′E / 43.650°N 21.867°E / 43.650; 21.867

Country  Serbia
District Zaječar
Settlements 25
Government
 • Mayor Dimitrije Lukić (DS)
Area[1]
 • Municipality 525 km2 (203 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)[2]
 • Town 7,972
 • Municipality 15,981
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 18230
Area code +381 18
Car plates ZA
Website

Sokobanja (Serbian Cyrillic: Сокобања, pronounced [sɔ̂kɔbaɲa]) is a well-known spa town and municipality situated in eastern Serbia.

Population

In 2011 the population of the Sokobanja town is 7,972, while population of the whole municipality is 15,981. The population of the municipality includes 18,079 Serbs (97.35%), 190 Roma (1.02%) and 310 people of other nationalities (1.63%).

Features

Sokobanja is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Serbia. It is situated in the southern part of Sokobanja valley, surrounded by mountains Ozren, Devica, Janior, Rtanj and Bukovik. The Moravica River runs through Sokobanja. It creates a canyon just 2 km before entering the town. Remains of the Roman and later medieval Serbian fortress Sokograd stand today near the canyon of Moravica. Lake Bovan is situated some 10 minutes of drive to the west of Sokobanja. It is especially popular among fishermen. Special hospital for lung diseases is situated on Ozren mountain. Town center of Sokobanja is home to the 16th-century Turkish baths and 19th-century buildings of elementary school, Milošev konak and Serbian Orthodox church.

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