Smederevo Fortress – the biggest lowland fortress in Europe

 

    To those who are planning a visit to Serbia, I highly reccomend visiting the City of Smederevo which is only 46km far from the capital of Serbia, Belgrade.
The main, most important and magnificent tourist attraction of Smederevo certainly is the Smederevo Fortress. That’s the biggest lowland fortress in Europe. It is located on the mouth of Danube and Jezava rivers. It was built in the 15th century by the Serbian Despot Djuradj (George) Branković. Djuradj himself, being one of the most educated European rulers of the time had very rich library; Kir-Stefan the Serb lived and worked on the Despot’s court. After 1459 Smederevo remained under the Turks and it was held by them until 1867. During the WWII the German occupational forces were storing some 400 thousand tons of ammunition in the area of the Big Town. In an explosion that took part in June 1941, two and a half thousand people lost their lives. The city of Smederevo later managed to demand and be paid war damages from the Germans on account of that event, which makes it unique in the world. The fortress was placed on the Tentative List for possible nomination as a World Heritage Site (UNESCO).
You can enjoy the magical view of the whole complex of the fort and the river Danube from the walls of a Small town. The Fortress consist of the Big town (public area) and the Small town (court). The cost of an individual ticket for the Small town is symbolic- only 1€.
The Fortress is an exclusive venue for musical, theatrical and other cultural events. In the summer time, the Small Town is the stage to the Fortress Theatre, an international theatre festival (www.tvrdjavateatar.com). The festival Smederevo’s autumn is devoted to fruits of autumn (fruits, grapes and vine) with medieval knights carneval and a rich cultural and artistic program (http://beautifulserbia.info , www.sljivovica.net ). This event has a long tradition, it was established in 1888.
Enjoy a visit to this magical place!ImageImageImage

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9 thoughts on “Smederevo Fortress – the biggest lowland fortress in Europe

  1. kutukamus

    Hi there, I’m from the pool. What a bunch of great pics you have here. Alas, when I click on them, it turns out that there are only two pics in total. Maybe the pics would stand out much stronger if visitors can enjoy it as one entity as well. I might not make myself clear, but I guess this will: https://scrabblecorner.wordpress.com/the-place/

    Try click on some of the pics and see what happens. Good luck. 🙂

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    1. madreperlam Post author

      I’ve just realized what you meant. The last four photos I made in the form of a collage, a postcard, and that’s why it isn’t possible to magnify each one individually. In the newer post, all four photos were added separately. 🙂

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  2. madreperlam Post author

    Hi! I would like to thank for the suggestion that you’ve made. I’ve just made a new post, and I think that the way that photos appear in my post is the same. As soon as I return from my summer holiday, I’ll try to rearrange the pictures.

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  3. kutukamus

    Hi, no problem. Just check ‘Winter’, yep, it is one apiece now. 🙂 Hey, now that I’m here, how about another fuss? If you plan to upload a lot of pictures, maybe (for your next posts) you might want to resize the images to just about as big as your computer screen (max), but not way bigger. This way you’ll save a lot of space (this has something to do with our space quota as free wordpresser). OK, I’ll leave you in peace 🙂 , happy travelling. Cheers!

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    1. madreperlam Post author

      Thank you for stopping by! I really appreciate your advise. I’d like to follow your blog, but, unfortunatelly, I can’t speak ( read) your language.

      Reply

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