Nis is the largest city in southeastern Serbia and seat Nisava administrative district. Nis was the administrative, military and trading center of different states and empires which, in its long history, belonged. In the area of today’s Nis, in the ancient city Naissus born Roman emperors Constantine the Great and Constantius III.
Throughout history, the territory in which today the city is passed Dardanians, Thracians, Illyrians, Celts, Romans, Huns, Avars, and later the Byzantines, Serbs, Bulgarians and Turks.
Nis is the second largest city in Serbia and one of the oldest cities in the Balkans.
It should be noted that one of the most important events in Serbian history took place precisely in Nis in 1189 when the area porte present church of St. Panteleimon signed first Serbian-German agreement by then, the two most powerful monarchs of Europe – Stefan Nemanja and Frederick I Barbarossa.
With Niska Banja, a special balneological center close to the city, the current tourism offer of Nis offers opportunities for spa, health resort, business, congress tourism, as well as major sports and cultural events.There are numerous picnic areas and its natural beauties among the most beautiful in Serbia.
Legend of the Delta City begins more than 2300 years ago, when Celtic tribes from northern Europe settled in the area of the Balkans.
At the beginning of the third century BC, one of the tribes coming south to the river Nisava. Enchanted by the beauty of the river, the green valley and the mountains, they decided to build on its coast city.
Legend has it that the town was so beautiful and significant that it was a constant target of attacks by tribes from the environment, which are destroying it, and often destabilizing burned almost to the ground. When they realize that the Celts will not long be able to withstand, prayed the gods for protection. The gods sent them vile, and said to them, “We can not stop the popular rage and destruction, but we will force your heavenly city rebuild and every morning he would again shine in all its glory.” Since that day, the divine villa dwelt river and the city gets its patron.
Whenever the enemy destroyed, villas are under the cover of darkness coming out of the river and the divine magic morning to restore its strong walls, high towers, streets and squares.
In gratitude, the Celts river called “Fairy River” (Nais), and their city “Delta City” (Navissos) .City river and since that time they did not change their name – Romans called it Naissus, the Byzantines was Nusos, they called him a Slavic Nis, so that the legend about fairies and today lives in his behalf.