Banatska Klisura (Serbian) map

The Danube Gorge, or Banatska Klisura, from the Serbian perspective is the northern side of the Danube, predominantly Serbian between the village of Divici (Divić) and town of Moldova Veche (Stara Moldava), but sometimes includes the Poljadija zone on the Romanian side of the river Nera (comuna of Socol).

These “Banatska Klisura” locations mostly had a medieval history with a Serbian population and immigration mostly from the Kosovo area during the Ottoman period[1], but then were further repopulated after 1717 following the Austrian-Turkish war which devastated the area. The region on the southern side of the Danube is Braničevo, a Slavic kingdom from the 9th century.
The Poljadija zone on the Romanian side of the river Nera (comuna of Socol) was connected to the town Bela Crkva before the division of Banat and the new border along the river Nera.

There are two outlier villages which have to be considered separately; firstly Liubcova (Ljupkova) which was re-populated following the Austrian-Turkish war, secondly Svinița (Svinica) which arguably has maintained some of its old population which still speaks an old dialect probably associated with the southern Balkans.


  1. Rakočević, Selena (2018) Tradicionalni plesovi Srba u Dunavskoj klisuri. Matica Srpska journal of stage arts and music, pp.31-51. Novi Sad.
Published on 20th July 2019, last modified on 12th August 2023