The ore assets of Trepča,
which is the largest lead-zink area in Europe, were already known in Roman
time, as evidenced by the oil lamp discovered in old underground tunnel. The
medieval exploitation had started around 1303, and was based on extraction of gold,
lead and silver. The construction of fortresses in Ibar Valley was financed by
silver extracted from this mine, and the first Serbian silver dinars, minted by
then ruler Despot Stefan Lazarević in 1412, were maid from this silver. In
1930s the exploitation was started once more, and soon has reached enormous
magnitude. In addition to a wealth of ore, Trepča is exceptional by
mineralogical composition of over 60 different minerals of extraordinary
beauty, which are presented in museums throughout the World. Natural History
Museum in Belgrade boasts a rich and valuable collection of minerals from
Trepče, which the visitors can see next months on exhibition in the Gallery of
the Natural History Museum.
of exhibition: Aleksandar Luković and Alena Zdravković.
publication: Aleksandar Luković.
of Natural History Museum, Mali Kalemegdan 5.