Giant fortress at the river

Novi Sad Travel Blog

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The Danube river and the some building outside the old city.

I catch a bus to Novi Sad which was the last big town in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire during the glory days of the Ottoman Empire. The city is different from Belgrade with a bit of Habsburg touch over the city.

 

The big thing to see in the city is the old fortress on the other side of the river. The Austrians started to build it so they could make a final stand against the Ottomans in case they should once again try to push north. But the fortress is very elaborate so it took 80 years to finish. When it was finally done the power of the Ottomans had been reduce to a shadow of what it had been during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

 

Hence with the dwindling of the Ottoman power it was unlikely the fortress would ever see action and it never did. One feature of the fortress had some impact on the local population though. The clock tower with the big clock. Everything came at a price in the Habsburgs days - even the knowledge of the correct time of day. Hence everybody who could see the clock tower from their home in the old town was subject to a clock tower tax. Considering the height of the clock tower and its location almost every house could see the clock tower - hence almost everybody had to pay the clock tax.

 

Today nobody pay the clock tax anymore - and the fortress has been turned over to civilian use except for a small area which seems to house a detachment of the Serbian army. Up on top at the upper fortress is a big hotel - it looks nice - and I got a feeling it is probably not the cheapest rooms in town. But if you do get a room up there you definitely got a room with a view. I am a bit short of cash - it is at the end of the month after all - so I skip the room and just walk around the place.

 

The top fortress is clearly the most interesting and there is a nice view across to the old town of Novi Sad. I spend most of my time at the top part of the fortress but then I head down to the lower part of it. Down there you can walk around the old fortifications but there are not quite as much to see. But I notice spring seems to have arrived in Novi Sad and several small lizards are running around on the walls to gain some heat so they can be active after the long cold winter. The lizards move fast and several times my photo of them only contains rock - but in the end I manage to get a few shoot of the small beast.

 

I head down from the fortress and across the bridge to the old town. The old town is really nice with lots of old churches and some small open squares where people seems to finally leave the winter behind and go out and enjoy the spring sun. The city used to be sort of a melting pot where Catholics, Orthodox’, Jews and other faiths lived peacefully side by side - hence there are lots of churches from the different main forms of Christianity.

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The Danube river and the some buil…
The Danube river and the some bui…
Houses on the north side of the ri…
Houses on the north side of the r…
The military building of Novi Sad
The military building of Novi Sad
The Belgrade gate
The Belgrade gate
Entrance to the upper fortress
Entrance to the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
Building on the top of the hill
Building on the top of the hill
Another entrance to the upper fort…
Another entrance to the upper for…
Closer look a the bridge to the en…
Closer look a the bridge to the e…
Looking out over the lower fortifi…
Looking out over the lower fortif…
Looking towards the old city
Looking towards the old city
The lower fortifications
The lower fortifications
House in the lower town - which is…
House in the lower town - which i…
The town north of the river
The town north of the river
Houses below the upper fortress
Houses below the upper fortress
Houses below the upper fortress
Houses below the upper fortress
The clocktower - they have switche…
The clocktower - they have switch…
The bridge across the Danube
The bridge across the Danube
Tower in old town Novi Sad
Tower in old town Novi Sad
Tower in old town Novi Sad
Tower in old town Novi Sad
Tower in old town Novi Sad
Tower in old town Novi Sad
Down below the upper fortress
Down below the upper fortress
The river - from the upper fortress
The river - from the upper fortress
The river - from the upper fortress
The river - from the upper fortress
The fortifications
The fortifications
The hotel at the top of the fortre…
The hotel at the top of the fortr…
The upper fortress
The upper fortress
The hotel building
The hotel building
Looking down at the lower fortress
Looking down at the lower fortress
Gate to the fortress
Gate to the fortress
The fortifications of the lower fo…
The fortifications of the lower f…
Houses at the upper fortress
Houses at the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
The walls of the upper fortress
Entrance to the upper fortress
Entrance to the upper fortress
Entrance to the upper fortress
Entrance to the upper fortress
Building at the upper fortress
Building at the upper fortress
The hotel entrance at the upper fo…
The hotel entrance at the upper f…
Deers at the upper fortress
Deers at the upper fortress
Tower at the upper fortress
Tower at the upper fortress
Looking back at the upper fortress…
Looking back at the upper fortres…
Looking back at the upper fortress…
Looking back at the upper fortres…
Lizard at the wall
Lizard at the wall
Lizard at the wall
Lizard at the wall
The medium fortress
The medium fortress
Looking at the upper fortress
Looking at the upper fortress
The Belgrade Gate
The Belgrade Gate
The clock tower - no more clock ta…
The clock tower - no more clock t…
The fortress area
The fortress area
The fortress area
The fortress area
River side below the fortress
River side below the fortress
The fortress area
The fortress area
The fortress area
The fortress area
The fortress area
The fortress area
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Building on the main square in Nov…
Building on the main square in No…
Major building at the main square
Major building at the main square
Decorations on the building
Decorations on the building
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Church tower at the main square
Church tower at the main square
Church tower at the main square
Church tower at the main square
Church tower at the main square
Church tower at the main square
Houses on the main square
Houses on the main square
Houses on the main square
Houses on the main square
The palace on the main square
The palace on the main square
Small houses on street in Novi Sad
Small houses on street in Novi Sad
House in Novi Sad
House in Novi Sad
Small houses on street in Novi Sad
Small houses on street in Novi Sad
House in Novi Sad
House in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Small houses in old town Novi Sad
Small houses in old town Novi Sad
House in old town Novi Sad
House in old town Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
House in Novi Sad
House in Novi Sad
House in Novi Sad
House in Novi Sad
Church in the outskirts of Novi Sad
Church in the outskirts of Novi Sad
Yugo commercial
Yugo commercial
Church in Novi Sad
Church in Novi Sad
Synagog in Novi Sad
Synagog in Novi Sad
Novi Sad
photo by: EmEm