Wanted to visit Banja Koviljacha spa center, and this is a short reminder of a legend regarding the place – before we go through Loznica town in the next Glimpse and before we actually reach Banja Koviljacha.
At the time of our journey, the Serbian government has already established the Asylum Center (in 2008) in Banja Koviljacha. The country pledged to take care of the future asylum seekers. Nobody could have predicted that they were yet to come in such numbers, fleeing from the war-torn countries in the Middle East. Banja Koviljacha in 2010 was just another Serbian spa village. Now, in 2017 it is first and foremost the place where unfortunate migrants are welcomed, and given food and accommodation.
Anyway, the legend says that the famous mineral water was found here when some caravan was passing through. One of their horses was exhausted and ill, walking heavily, and so the caravan couldn’t drag the horse with them. Yet, people didn’t kill him either, he was just left behind, to die alone. The horse was in pain, so he was rolling down in the „black mud“. Trying to ease his sufferings, he was lying in „warm waters“, one day after another.
And so, when that caravan came back the same way, little did they know that the same horse was going to greet them, but this time – up and running, grazing grass next to the road! People were astonished to find the horse well again, healed by the small spring’s water on the spot.
It makes you think, doesn’t it? The spa village has helped an animal, while being left behind, alone. Just imagine what it might do to a human being, with a little help from others!
(Had an opportunity to visit Banja Koviljaca a couple of years later when the situation with migrants was somewhat taken care of. More on the blog.)
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