I admit I haven’t done a ton of research on this, only because there is a LOT of information about Mount Rtanj, and because sometimes I like to think of the world as a bit magical. Wizard? YES! Wizard’s castle? EVEN BETTER! Doomsday site? Well, I’ve never been one to put a lot of faith or attention into doomsday prophesies but at the very least, it’s a neat read. We drive past this mountain to and from our trips between Belgrade and Bor and, every time, I am reminded of local folklore and international suspicion surrounding it.
Please do not take my words as fact, as my thoughts are only as I know them from what I’ve heard and what I’ve learned from my dear friend Google. Folklore has it that the mountain was inhabited by a wizard and his castle, which eventually swallowed him and his castle and his great treasure up. A small church was erected on the peak, dedicated to St. George, but it was blown up by treasure hunters who thought that the sorcerer’s gold was buried beneath. Today, the church is in ruins, but there is an effort to restore it. Restoration, however, takes money, and my feeling is that this will not happen in the near future.
Wizard aside, many people believe the mountain, with its pyramidal shape and peak barren of foliage, harbors a secret UFO landing pad that will expose itself upon doomsday. Hence, hotels at the base of the mountain get inundated with bookings for doomsday believers wanting to be present at one of the world’s salvation sites on salvation day. This, again, is what I’ve gathered from my BFF Google.
As for me, I’m more interested in the wizard. Maybe he can cast a spell so I never have to clean my house again? If I ever see him, I think I’ll ask.