Jagodina is a city and a capital of Pomoravski district. According to the census from 2002, the population is 35,589 (1991 census – 37,560).

For 6 centuries the city had 3 names: Jagodna, Jagodina and Svetozarevo. First written record dates from 15 July 1399. It was the report from princess Milica and her sons Stevan and Vuk to the municipality of Dubrovnik about a citizen of Dubrovnik.

In 1946, Jagodina gets the name Svetozarevo after a socialist Svetozar Markovic.

Romanticists, dreamers, mention a landlady Jagoda, with courts and a han on the Red hill above the cemetery, in which bottom a village was growing, named after her, Jagodina. The landlady Jagoda was, according to her admirers, serving her guests during the day and during the night, she and 40 bandits were attacking and robbing rich caravans by the Constantinople road. This would go on forever, but the legend also has an ending, which is why it is said that during one robbery, she met a young man, due to whose beauty, her hand trembled. Her betrayed friends left her to take him to her courts, but they never forgave her for her treachery. Thus one night, the entire Jagoda’s han burnt down, and over the remains of the place, in dark nights, her creepy giggling was heard for years. The older people remember that next to the cemetery was a piece of uncultivated terrain, which was until recently called municipality’s pasture, and a long time ago – Jagoda’s pasture.

During the time of the Turks, from the little village beneath Red hill (Russian cemetery), a settlement shall grow, which will be called Jagoda’s palanka, which is why it later became Jagodina.

The legend according to which the people of Jagodina gained the name “male turkeys” (curani) is the one where a train hit a turkey in Jagodina, its guts fell in Cuprija and its liver in Paracin.

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