Devil’s Town – One of the Wonders of Our World
This natural phenomenon located in Serbia was one of the candidates for a new wonders of our world. Natural monument Devil’s Town in Kursumlija is made of two rare phenomena – first one is its 202 clay figures of attractive shape, made by soil erosion, that are 15m high and the second one is the fact there right here the rare mineral water source is found. There are only seven sources like this in the world. What makes this place one of the wonders of our world is that those two things are in the same place.
There are several legends about this place. According to one of them, modest and peaceful people committed to their faith once lived here. The Devil didn’t like that, so he made a ‘devil’s water’ for them that would make them forget about their brothers and sisters and family relations. As they drank the water, stunned villagers decided to have marriages between brothers and sissters. Luckily, this Devil’s plan was stopped by a fairy, which according to the legend still holds this town under her protection. But, she couldn’t bring the marrying couples to reason, so she prayed to God for help in preventing incest. God heard her prayer and connected heaven and earth, blowing a strong, cold wind thus petrifying all the people in the wedding procession. That’s how the great clay columns emerged. Another legend says that the columns are the petrified devils that people were carrying on their back for a long time, bringing them evil and troubles. They got rid of them by spending a night at St. Petka’s monastery nearby. So the little devils became clay figures. Both explanations about origin of this wonder of the world are interesting. Here are some photos to illustrate the stories.