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Coordinates: 44°42′53″N21°10′12″E / 44.71472°N 21.17000°E / 44.71472; 21.17000 Coordinates: 44°42′53″N21°10′12″E / 44.71472°N 21.17000°E / 44.71472; 21.17000
Country Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
Region Southern and Eastern Serbia
District Braničevo
City Požarevac
  Municipality president Serdžo Krstanoski (SNS)
  Urban9.76 km2 (3.77 sq mi)
  Municipality100.87 km2 (38.95 sq mi)
 (2011) [2]
  Urban density980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
  Municipality density140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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Area code(s) +381(0)12
Vehicle registration PO
Website www.kostolac.info/kostolac.htm

The City municipality of Kostolac (Serbian Cyrillic : Градска општина Костолац, romanized: Gradska opština Kostolac; Romanian : Caştelu) is a town in Serbia and one of two city municipalities which constitute the City of Požarevac. It is situated on the Danube river. The remains of the Roman capital of the province of Moesia Superior Viminacium are located near Stari Kostolac some 2 km to the east of Kostolac. Kostolac is also a center of area called Stig and home of thermal power plants and coal mines.



A 1.5 million year old mammoth skeleton was uncovered in the Viminacium site in June 2009. [3]

The tribes of Autariatae and Scordisci are thought to have merged into one in this area after 313BC, since excavations show that the two groups made burials at the same exact grave field in Pecine, near Kostolac. [4] Nine graves of Autariatae dating to 4th century BC and scattered Autariatae and Celtic graves around these earlier graves show that the two groups mixed rather than made war [5] and this resulted in the lower Morava valley becoming a Celto-Thracio-Illyrian interaction zone. [6] The Celtic Invasions of Greece in 279 BC formed the sub-Celtic group of Scordisci who would according to Strabo, defeat and push the powerful Triballians towards the Getae, [7] the Scordisci self-rule in different regions of Serbia gradually ended with the Roman conquest of the Balkans in the 1st century AD.

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Ruins of Viminacium
Viminacium mint by Antoninianus to celebrate the 1001 birthday of the Roman Empire. 248 AD. Antoninianus-Pacatianus-1001-RIC 0006cf.jpg
Viminacium mint by Antoninianus to celebrate the 1001 birthday of the Roman Empire. 248 AD.

Viminacium , a major city of the Roman province of Moesia, and the capital of Moesia Superior was situated 20 km east to the present centre, in the area of Stari Kostolac (Old Kostolac). Viminacium was the base camp of Legio VII Claudia, and hosted for some time the IV Flavia Felix. It was destroyed in 440 by the Huns, but rebuilt by Justinian I. During Maurice's Balkan campaigns, Viminacium saw destruction by the Avars and Slavs in 584 and a crushing defeat of Avar forces on the northern Danube bank in 599, destroying Avar reputation for invincibility. [8]

Đorđe Vajfert opened coal mines in Kostolac. During World War II, Germans constructed first power plant "Mali Kostolac" ("small Kostolac"). After the war, people from everywhere came to build it.


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Aside from the town of Kostolac, the city municipality includes the following settlements:



In Kostolac is the archaeological site of Viminacium, a former Roman outpost with wide streets, luxurious villas, extensive baths and an amphitheater, just recently opened to the public.


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Power Station Kostolac A

Kostolac has two thermal power plants which comprise the TPP Kostolac. These are:

In addition to electric power, TPP "Kostolac A" produces heating energy for heating of Kostolac and Požarevac.


According to the 2011 census results, the municipality has a population of 13,637 inhabitants.

Ethnic groups

Serbs 9,842
Romani 2,659
Macedonians 45
Croats 35
Montenegrins 22

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Požarevac City in Southern and Eastern Serbia, Serbia

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