UNDERGROUND CITY IN MALI ZVORNIK: A secret place made of stone

Secret Underground City “Stone Maiden” in Mali Zvornik was hiding from visitors and the eyes of the public for decades. Written data on this mystical object almost does not exist. The military leaders of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia were to stay there in case of war.

We take you through these hallways of secrets.

The underground city was built from 1930 to 1934, and for its existence and construction, only five people knew, one of which was a Russian engineer, who was also the main designer. The idea of ​​construction came about when military strategists told King Alexander that there was a maze of hollow walls that could be used as a war king’s command post in the event of a war.

In the night between April 9 and 10, 1941, the last session of the Government of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was held here, and at that moment, besides King Peter II, Karađorđević, members of the Government were also present.

Then, King Peter II of Karadjordjevic spent his last days in Serbia from April 9 to 12.

This impressive underground city has 5,000 square meters and 75 rooms designed to accommodate from 3,000 to 5,000 people. In the secret city there was also a ventilation system, a well and a chapel. Sometimes there was furniture in the rooms, but during the Second World War everything was stolen, including plumbing and electrical installations. Because of the suspicion that the royal family left treasure here, the seekers dug to find some worthy pieces.

Although the history says that King Petar Karadjordjevic, left the part of the treasure that he could not take with him in Ostrog monastery, it did not prevent the optimistic seekers to sneak into underground city and look for it.

If you are wondering how this monumental construction work was so quickly formed, we discover that the secret city was made by prisoners from all parts of Yugoslavia. They were brought in at night and worked their shift from ten to fifteen days, and they were also returned at night, so they never even found out where they were and what they were doing.

Nevertheless, the city has never been completed. In October 1934, when the assassination of King Alexander Karadjordjevic of the First in Marseilles was carried out, it was decided to halt the construction.

Two thirds are over, and one-third is not. Today, the Secret Town is a tourist attraction for anyone to see.

This article is a part of the project “Seven miracles of Mali Zvornik”, supported by the Mali Zvornik Municipality. Positions of the supported media project do not necessarily reflect statements of the organ supporting the project. 

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