For all those who want to see an authentic, Banat household from the beginning of the 18th century, Djordje Stajic is a great host. He will show you the house of his ancestors, in Dolovo, and tell an interesting story about his family. The House of Stajic Family Deliblato has been declared a cultural monument. All items are the property of the family, found in the attic. Nothing was bought at the flea markets and from other residents of Dolovo or supplied in any other way.
Thanks to the current owner, Djordje, the property has experienced its full affirmation – a living testimony of bygone times and the glory of ancestors. He manages, vividly and strikingly, to evoke the culture of living in the period from the end of the 18th century to the 20th century.
The household that has been nurturing the family heritage for centuries came to life ten years ago. The Byzantine scholar and director of the Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments, Zoran Vapa, visited Djordje. He gave him a suggestion to show the family heritage to curious people who want to know how life used to be in this Banat village. That initial spark, the sincere interest of this top expert, resulted not only in the opening of the old house for visits. It also resulted in the decision to establish the Banat garden in Dolovo as a cultural monument in 2019.
A vivid history of a Serbian village
Ducks in the backyard, a garden overlooking the Serbian and Romanian Orthodox churches, as well as the valley of the hill where the dugouts were. Those are the first scenes that every visitor can see in the House of Stajic Family Deliblato.
At the very entrance to the house, the view leads to a wooden door. When they open, time stops.
Numerous artifacts of the past vividly testify to the brilliant past. The time in this house seems to be frozen. At any moment, you expect characters from old times to step into it. The living room has a brick stove, a dining table, antique beds made for rest, rare historical documents, and old photographs.
Next to the bed, there is a wooden cradle that is so old that it can no longer even swing. On the dining table, there is a metal plate and hand-painted plates, as well as ivory, alpaca, and silver cutlery.
The cupboard in which the pottery plates are kept is from 1831, as well as many books and some family letters. There is also an interesting collection of textiles. They give a cross-section of clothing from the typical South Banat rural costume to the civic model of clothing.
The family heritage in the house of Stajic Family Deliblato
On the other hand, there is a bedroom in the house of Stajic Family Deliblato. It is full of clothing, paintings, and books. A Russian icon with Saint Stephen has found a place there. The room has a massive larch double bed, above which is a carpet.
The bedroom has a closet full of clothes and bedding that is hand-woven and embroidered. George knows that his great-grandmother Sofia did not weave, but so did his great-grandmothers and their predecessors. Considering that at that time, weaving by candlelight, our interlocutor believes that his great-grandmothers were real artists.
Whoever wants to stay in the House of Stajic Family Deliblato for more than a few hours, will be able to spend the night and rest in the apartment that is part of the household.
Next to the old charge house are wine cellars. The host, Djordje, is one of the well-known winemakers of this part of Serbia. Consider this an opportunity to also try one of the finest wines. All you need to do is send a word of your arrival and enjoy your travel to the past. You can find all the necessary information HERE.