Bob Marley Monument – Banatski Sokolac, Serbia - Atlas Obscura

Bob Marley Monument

Banatski Sokolac, Serbia

The first European statue dedicated to the legendary musician.  


Bob Marley is one of the most popular musicians ever to grace the stage. He is renowned as one of the pioneers of the reggae genre. His fame has spanned generations, and in the small Serbian village of Banatski Sokolac of just 300 residents, a statue was erected in honor of the artist. The first of its kind in Europe. 

In 2008, sculptor Davor Dukić unveiled the statue at the Rock Village Music Festival. The statue was constructed featuring Marley’s famous fist in the air salute and made the village an even more popular tourist destination. It also followed a trend of former Yugoslavian countries honoring celebrities instead of local officials.  

Although Marley was never in Serbia and probably never heard of Banatski Sokolac, Marley fans now visit this village more often to take a photo with the unique monument.  Ziggy Marley, Bob’s son, remarked in 2018 that he wanted to visit his father’s monument, but it’s unknown rather the star singer visited when he performed at the Serbian Exit Festival. 

Know Before You Go

 The monument is located in schoolyard along Školska street.

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