|Who would have known that we would have been seeing Roman ruins in Serbia? But that is just where we were - crawling down underground to see actual frescoes and burial sites and walk along the paths in an ancient Roman city. Incredible! These ruins were discovered while strip mining the land for coal and while many structures had been smashed, the archaeologists managed to convince people of the importance of protecting this huge area so it can be uncovered. Excavations over the last 25 years have uncovered gold and silver jewelry, coins, glass dishes and decorated tombs
This is in the area of Kostolac and the Roman city discovered here is called Viminacium spread over 800 acres.
The countryside around this part is mostly flat and very poor. Today it is an industrial town with thermal power plants and coal mines. Quite ugly. The pipes are run above ground for steam heat from the power plants to the various villages. The amazing part is what is hidden underground.