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IMMOVABLE CULTURAL MONUMENTS DATA BASE
Name: Tekija, Trajan's tablet and a section of a Roman road
Location (place, town, city): Niš
Regional institute: Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Niš
CR No.: CM 609
Date of inscription in the CR: 27.12.1984
Category: NCM of outstanding value
Type: Cultural monument
Year/period of construction: crossing I - II centuries

The Trajan’s tablet was carved in the rock in the lower section of the Iron Gates gorge, 2.5km upstream from Tekija (eastern Serbia). The tablet contains an inscription on a background in the shape of tabula ansata, held by two winged genies. Below the inscription there is a kneeling figure, probably Danubius, with the tympanum above, decorated with rosettes and wing spread eagles and two dolphins on the sides.

The inscription marks the completion of a Danubian Roman military road (via militaris) that cuts through Upper Moesia on the way to Dacia, or better still, the completion of the last and most difficult stretch in the year 100.

The tablet was cut out in 1969 only to be moved and re-attached to a higher level as the water level of the Danube rose as the Djerdap I hydro-power plant was built.