Development and growth of the cities caused additional demand for water. Current sources became insufficient to provide quantity of drink and industrial water.
In the year 1988, construction of the dam Rovni, near the city of Valjevo (around 100 km from Belgrade), started. Accumulation of water should be enough to supply surrounding population with 3360 liters of water per second. This investment costs Serbian government around 70 million dollars and qualifies this project as one of the biggest in western Serbia.
At the bottom of the future artificial lake will be Church of St. Archangel Michael (Arhanđela Mihaila) which is thought to had been built in the middle of 15th century. Experts concluded that displacement of the church is impossible, due to loose materials of which it is made. Serbian Orthodox Church allowed the sinking of the church, 12 years ago, but in return should get a new church in its ownership.
Water has recently started to accumulate and agreement has been respected. Anyway, some believers do not want to bid farewell to the church. Each Sunday, without the priest, they hold the prayer on the coast while the water rises imperceptibly. They still believe in the help of God.
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