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Vrsac

Vršac is located in Banat region, in the southeast part of Vojvodina province, Serbia. It is part of the South Banat District.

Vrsac is 83 km northeast from Belgrade. The municipality has a total population of 53,751 and covers an area of 801 km2. This includes almost 170 km2 of mountainous terrain. The majority of the population is Serb (71% in 1991), with a significant Romanian population as well as Hungarians, Roma, and otehrs. In 2001, the refugee population was 2,574 (5.3% of the total population). The leading economic sectors in Vrsac are the pharmaceutical industry, food processing industry and agriculture, particularlyvineyards. The muniicpality is well connected with the surrounding cities and the rest of Vojvodina as well. There is a railway border crossing into the Republic of Romania from Vrsac, as well as a border crossing near Vatin.

Vrsac municipality is known as a very windy area; one of the strongest winds known in this area is "kosava", which blows 200 days a year on average, while its intensity can be as high as 180 km/h. During the winter season, the northern winds blow and their intensity can go up to 80-100km/h.

The population of the Vršac municipality is composed of: Serbs (70%), Romanians, Hungarians, etc. The population of Vršac city include 5,913 Romanians.

The important sights of Vršac are: The Tower of Vršac from the 14th century, The Town Hall from the 18th century, The Residence of the Banat Episcopacy from the 18th century, with a very rich treasure, the Monastery Mesic from the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church St.Gerhard from 1863, the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas from 1785.

 

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