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Mayan Apocalypse Believers Flock to Magic Mountain in Serbia

by T+E Staff

Well, it’s here. The end of the 5,000-year-old Mayan calendar and the rumoured apocalypse. Still alive? Good. And you didn’t even have to find the Serbian sorcerer to save you.

Yes, it’s true. Rumours of a sorcerer who lives in Serbia’s Mount Rtanj have sent doomsday believers flocking to the site, in hopes it is the one place where they can be saved from the end of the world.

According to legend, the mountain swallowed a castle and trapped the sorcerer inside. And the Millennium Hotel, which sits on the slopes of the mountain, is sold out as people flock to their salvation—for a rate of 600 euros per night.

“We’re booked out December 20-23. We have a New Age convention and guests are coming because of the end of the world,” Nebojsa Gajic, manager of the hotel, told Reuters.

Serbia isn’t the only site of a magic mountain said to save believers from the apocalypse. Pic de Bugarach, a mountain in southwestern France, is another attraction for those preparing for the end of the world. New Age fanatics believe that the mountain is a safe haven for when the end comes, and that on December 21, 2012, the mountain will burst open to release an alien spaceship that will carry humans to safety.

In Serbia, locals have claimed to see fireballs in the sky over the mountain, and one resident told Reuters that the mountain was built by aliens, who would be returning December 21st.

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