"Visit the Roman ruins near Kladovo" Donji Milanovac Things to Do Tip by tayloretc
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There are two Roman sites close to the town of Kladovo: the Diana Fortress about 10 kilometres north-west, and the last remaining pillar of Trajan’s Bridge a couple of kilometres east. Both the fortress and the bridge were built by Trajan around 100AD in support of the Dacian Wars.
The Diana Fortress was mostly destroyed by the Huns, was rebuilt in 500AD, and was destroyed again just 100 years later. It eventually became buried, leaving the lower levels of walls and towers completely intact, wood crossbeams and all. It’s a fairly large site, although most of it either hasn’t been excavated yet or is in the process of being excavated. In October 2011, it was completely open, with just one guy to watch over it. He showed us around (in Serbian), and said there were plans to make it more accessible. During the regular season there’s a multi-lingual guide on site. (Diana Fortress on Wikipedia)
Trajan's Bridge was the longest bridge in the known world for a thousand years, and most of the stone pillars existed until well into the 20th century. Now, only one pillar and the remnants of the guarding camps are visible on each side of the river. When the river is low you can walk right up to the pillar on the Serbian side. There's no one watching this one, and no information once you're there. (Trajan's Bridge on Wikipedia)
Kladovo is about an hour from Donji Milanovac and the buses are relatively frequent. From Kladovo, you can’t get to Trajan’s Bridge by public transportation, but it is walkable (you’ll have to ask for directions). The Diana Fortress is along the Kladovo–Donji Milanovac bus route, but it’s unlikely the driver will let you off there or another bus will pick you up later. Both sites are marked with small white signs on the river side of the road – easy to miss if you aren’t looking for them.
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