If you aren’t from Serbia, the name ‘Petrovaradin Fortress’ probably doesn’t mean that much to you. If you belong to the younger, party generation, then Exit Festival might ring a bell. But we aren’t here to talk about festivals, but to show you a different side of Petrovaradin Fortress.
On October 18, 1692 prince Charles Eugène de Croÿ was the first person to set the cornerstone for the present southern part of this amazing fortress. It served as a military object until 1948 and in 1951 it was put under protection of the Republic of Serbia. Currently, Petrovaradin Fortress is a touristic object and has numerous museums, galleries and archives scattered around it.
Petrovaradin Fortress is a favourite place for locals to visit at weekends and spend their time with their loved ones, couples enjoy sunsets, and, as funny as it seems,a place where many wars were fought is now filled with galleries and artists who draw inspiration out of this amazing building.
Interesting facts about Petrovaradin fortress
The Clock Tower
The clock comes from Alsace (France) and it was a present from Duchess Maria Theresa at the beginning of 18th century. It was destroyed in the middle of that century and replaced with the new current one. The clock has to be wind up manually every day. Another interesting thing is that the big handle shows hours and the small one shows minutes.
People say it’s because ships that pass by on the Danube river have it more important to know what hour it is. Another interesting fact is that during the winter, the clock is a bit late and during the summer it runs faster and that’s why it’s sometimes referred to as ‘drunken clock’.
When you visit this clock you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of Novi Sad.
Petrovaradin Fortress Catacombs
Under the Fortress there are more than 20 kilometers of catacombs and four levels of defense depth up to 40 meters. They were used as loopholes, shooting lines, ammunition storage and even as a fridge.
There are stories that the tunnels go all the way to Hungary, under the Danube and that people got lost never to be found again. Trust me, it really is easy to get disoriented not knowing where the hell you are…
It was supposed to be destroyed
After the First World War, as the military technology started upgrading, there was no more need for Petrovaradin Fortress as a military base. The military top decided to destroy the fortress. Colonel Dragoš Đelošević was in charge of this ungrateful job of destroying Petrovaradin Fortress and many others, but he decided to spare the Petrovaradin Fortress as it was believed to be “too beautiful to be destroyed”. And the fortress still stands.
If you are in Serbia this is ‘do not miss’ place
Serbia is a beautiful country and very worth visiting. If you don’t have Petrovaradin Fortress and Novi Sad on your list, make sure you add them. You will be rewarded with beautiful views, amazing people, awesome history and hopefully it will make you prolong your stay there.
Bonus Winter Photos