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"Belgrade Fortress" Kalemegdan – Belgrade Fortress Tip by antistar

Kalemegdan – Belgrade Fortress, Belgrade: 197 reviews and 396 photos

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  • Confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers - Belgrade
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  • Houseboat on the Sava, from the Fortress - Belgrade
      Houseboat on the Sava, from the Fortress
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  • Novi Beograd, from the Fortress - Belgrade
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      Military junk outside the fortress walls
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Belgrade's Fortress, sitting within the grounds of Kalemegdan Park, is the city's most prominent historical structure. It offers grand vistas overlooking the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, but what could have been fantastic views, are blighted by the grey concrete sprawl of Novi Beograd (New Belgrade) on the opposite banks of the Sava. If you look out to your right, however, it's still beautiful, and if you come at night, the darkness hides the grey.

The fortress has been around as long as Belgrade, and that's a very long time. The city of Singidunum was founded in the 3rd century BC, and later would become Belgrade. The fortress was the only surviving building from that city. The fortress was then rebuilt by various masters, including the Romans and Byzantines, before it was finally captured by the Turks in 1521. It is from the Turks that it gets its name: Kalemegdan. In Turkish this means "fortress amid the battlefields".

It is likely that Belgrade got its name from the Fortress too. The name "Beograd" in Slavic means "white tower" or "white fortress", and that is signified by the white clock tower which now sits upon the fortress.

Directions: Walk up any of the streets north of Republic Square, such as Vase Carapica, and you will find the green park of Kalemegdan Park at the end. Just keep on walking through until you reach the fortress.
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  • Updated Oct 24, 2011
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