"Kalemegdan & Fortress" Republic of Serbia Things to Do Tip by JessieLang
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The Fortress was built by Justinian in 535, and the oldest part of Belgrade is within its walls. Until the 16th Century, all of Belgrade was inside it. There have been 115 battles here over the centuries, according to our guide: 1456—Christians defeated the Ottomans; 1514—taken by the Ottomans; 1717—Austrians took the fort from the Ottomans; 1739—the Ottomans took it back; and so on… Each wave made renovations, etc.
The large Kalemegdan park inside the walls has a classic Balkan house—the upper floor is wider than the ground floor. There is also a Turkish mausoleum with the remains of an 18th Century Pasha. When Kalemegdan was an active fort, the Stambul gate was the most popular with the guards—it was the only one with a fireplace!
Directions: walk down Knez Mihajlova street from the beginning (from Terazije Square) to the end at Kalemegdan.
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