Belgrade Fortress is a cultural adventure in its own right. Walking the Fortress means you’re tracing 2000 years of history.
What is there to see besides the Fortress’ main attractions? Visit these 5 gems less known to travelers and even to the locals!
Inside the ivy-clad church Ružica you can see three unique chandeliers. They are made of weapons from the WWI. Serbia suffered a terrible loss of lives in WWI.
Forging weapons into the religious decoration, the people and the clergy made a dedication to peace. The building was originally an Austrian gunpowder magazine from 18th century.
Sveta Petka (Saint Parascheva of the Balkans) holds the relics of this and several other saints. The water from the nearby spring is believed to have healing powers. We invite you to see the wonderful mosaics of the church interior!
The Defterdar Gate is a northern gate of the fortress, dating back to the Ottomans. It offers exciting views and great photo opportunities. The name is Ottoman, meaning an official of the ministry of finance.
Shoot through the gate for fantastic contrasts. Then pass the gate and down the stone stairs to get to the Austrian Gunpowder Magazine. It hosts an exhibition of ancient Roman artifacts from the territory of Belgrade.
The most important piece of this exhibition in the Gunpowder Magazine is the Jonah sarcophagus. It is famous among the archeologist. There are only 15 sarcophagi in the world with the depiction of Jonah. In the late Roman and early Byzantine period the well-to-do were buried in sarcophagi.
This sarcophagus, most probably from 4th century, holds the oldest Christian images found on this territory. Its reliefs depict Christ the Good Shepherd and the scenes from the Old Testament story of Prophet Jonah and the whale. Jonah is known in both Judeo Christian and Islamic traditions.
Working hours: every day from 11am to 5pm (7pm in summer). Entrance fee is less than 2 EUR (200 RSD).
Have you heard of the Ottoman blood tax (devshirme)? The Christian boys from Eastern and SouthEastern Europe were recruited by force, converted to Islam and trained to serve in the army, mostly for the elite troops the Janissaries.
One of those boys, a Serbian kid from today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina, climbed up the social ladder to its very top. It was Mehmed Paša Sokolović, the Grand Vizier (prime minister) to three sultans.
Mehmed Paša built this fountain at Belgrade Fortress, a couple of decades after Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent conquered Belgrade in 1521. The stone basin is the original from the 16th century.
Star gazing from a tower of Belgrade Fortress? Mesmerizing night skies and panoramas of Belgrade on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm to 10pm. The ticket costs less than 1 EUR.