When you find yourself on the peculiar gravity hill on the Mt. Radan, you automatically question the laws of physics or your eyesight. The hill appears to go downhill until you stop your car and it starts rolling back upwards! This is the case with all the objects - a ball rolls uphill and the water flows towards the higher point, or so it seems to the imperfect human eye. This hill makes a regular visit for conspiracy theorists, skeptics and curious minds alike. The hill is often an inspiration for many local legends and alternative theories, and even more so because of the nearby Devil’s Town, an intimidating natural wonder.
When the unusual gravity hill gained some popularity in public for the first time, the media called it a gravitational anomaly and a miracle. Was it just to capture the attention or the lack of research, this news spread quickly and was a real shock for the scientists. More and more television and radio teams picked up on the fake news and created a real sensation in the country. The peaceful town of Bojnik, which rarely saw international visitors, became a gathering spot for everyone wanting to experience the unusual “upwards on the downhill” occurrence. Even if you visit it today, a couple of years later, the chances are that you will run into several cars with cameras and recording equipment.
The gravity hill on the Mt. Radan is no work of an extraterrestrial creature or secret gravity-defying powers. It is just an optical illusion. The illusion happens naturally, as the line of the horizon is not clearly visible. The area is covered in thick forests, and there are no vertical objects that can give us the right dimension and proportion. This natural landscape just randomly creates the optimal surroundings to distort our vision and create the exciting optical illusion. Several teams of scientists followed up on the hype and came here to conduct research, proving it’s only an illusion and that there is absolutely no reason to doubt the physics.
Southern Serbia has many hidden gems to explore. The mountainous landscape is perfect for hiking enthusiasts and has numerous rivers and lakes to complement the outstanding views. The gravity hill on the Mt. Radan is just one of them, and even if it's a debunked myth, it's still worth a visit. You don’t have to question the laws of physics to enjoy it. Even knowing that it’s just an illusion, it’s equally exciting for our senses to watch the cars and objects slide upwards. The gravity hill is an easy stop, if you are already visiting the wonder of the world Devil’s town or relaxing at the natural thermal Prolom Banja Spa.
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