The city of Nis

City of Niš is situated in the Nišava valley where it joins the Južna Morava River. It is located at the 43°19′ latitude north and 21°54′ longitude east. The central city area is at 194m altitude above sea level. The highest point in the city area is Sokolov kamen (Falcon’s rock) on Suva Planina Mountain (1523m) while the lowest point is at Trupale, near the mouth of the Nišava River (173m). The city area covers 596.71 square km of five municipalities.

City of Niš is the crossroads of the most important Balkan and European traffic routes. The territory of the City is intersected by three important directions of international road and railway traffic – several roads that connect the Balkans with Central and Western Europe, including Corridor X, and the axis which connects the Adriatic, Aegean and Black Sea intersect the territory of City of Niš.

These roads have been widely known from the ancient times, because they represented the beaten tracks along which peoples, goods and armies moved. Known as Via Militaris in Roman and Byzantine periods, or Constantinople road in the Middle Ages and the period of the Turkish rule, these roads still represent major European traffic arteries. Thus, the City stands at the point of intersection of the roads connecting Asia Minor and Europe, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, for its location is a favorable one.


Nis is:

  • The third Serbian city by size, after Belgrade and Novi Sad
  • A city situated by the river Nišava
  • A cultural, economic, commercial and university seat of southeast Serbia
  • A city located 192 m above sea level and spanning the surface area of 600 km2
  • A city of more than 250 000 inhabitants
  • A university center with 13 faculties
  • One of the oldest European cities, as testified by numerous prehistoric finds on the territory of the city (Bubanj and Velika humska čuka)
  • A city long known as “the east/west gateway” since it is situated at a crossroads connecting Europe with theMiddle East
  • Connected to the world with airlines departing from “Constantine the Great” international airport
  • Surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges of Mt. Suva Planina, Svrljiške Planine and Mt. Seličevica
  • The birthplace of the famous Roman emperor Constantine the Great who issued the Edict of Milan in 313 embracing Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire
  • The city in which the central celebration of 1700 years since the proclamation of the Edict of Milan and recognition of Christianity will be held.

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