Name of the touristic attraction: The Story of Brestovac Spa
Thematic route: The cultural heritage route
Description: Brestovac Spa was discovered by the Romans, always in favor of water and swimming. It was their favorite health resort. There is evidence that Brestovac Spa was visited and used for the same purposes by the Turks, as well.
There are both scientific confirmations and records of visitors from the first half of the 19th century about the healing and soothing effects of the spa water. According to one of them: “thanks to swimming in the hot and stinking waters, the crippled walk, the deprived of sight see, the ones with scabies get rid of stench and ugliness”.
According to one legend, men would benefit the most in Brestovac Spa, if they bathe up to 30 minutes at 5 o’clock in the morning. When the pools were refilled, the water was perfectly purified and baths were clean – women could bathe from 6 to 6.30. Only then the sick children came; they were generally forbidden to swim with adults, out of moral, cleanliness and comfort reasons.
There are records of doctors from 1873 about miraculous Brestovac Spa. According to the story of Dr. Stevan Macaj, a certain Mr. D.J., district prefect, came to the Spa with a cramped foot, as a consequence of many inflammations. The same leg was about 8 cm shorter than the other. He walked supported by two crutches. After 24 days of regular treatment a miracle happened and his leg perfectly “straightened”. He put away the crutches and immediately took an important place in the king’s court, as a perfectly healthy man.
At about the same time, a young trader from Pozarevac came to the resort with a severe joint rheumatism. He was carried and driven on a wheelchair to the bathroom, and any movement of arms or legs caused extremely severe pain. A month later he was dancing in the Spa.
The same was with certain Mijo N., an apprentice from Zajecar, who, two weeks later was cured of gout and walked back to Zajecar as a perfectly healthy man.