Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fortareata din Smederevo / Smederevo Fortress

I thought that, may be, you need a break from my Korean stories and I want to show you were I was last Sunday. We made a 700 km round trip in Serbia, to see the Golubac castle. On our way we stopped to visit the Smederevo Fortress and this is all about today.

Our itinerary was: Timisoara-Vrset-Pancevo-Smederevo-Kovin-Pozarevac-Veliko Gradiste-Majdanpek-Pozarevac-Pancevo-Timisoara. I drove from 7.30 in the morning till 12.30 in the night, making 4 stops: at Smederevo fortress, at an international fishing contest, at Golubac castle and at a nice restaurant on the Danube coast.

The Smederevo castle has been built between 1428-1430 by the Serbian ruler ("despot") Djuradj Brankovic. It was part of a whole chain of fortresses along the Danube, to the Iron Gates:
Novi Sad (I told you about Petrovaradin fortress here http://travelinghawk.blogspot.com/2010/11/fortareata-petrovaradin-petrovaradin.html), Golubac, Lepenski Vir and Viminacium.

We walked first outside the walls and then went inside, where it is a public park. After few photos we had to go, because the itinerary was long enough. In the next post I'll tell/show you the ruins of the Golubac Castle and the Danube coast.

M-am gandit ca poate aveti nevoie de o pauza la povestirile coreene si, pret de vreo doua postari, va voi arata unde am fost dumineca trecuta.

Doream de mult sa vad cetatea de la Golubac, de pe malul Dunarii, pe partea sarbeasca si dumineca am dus pana la capat, in sfarsit, acest gand. Am plecat din Timisoara dimineata, la 7.30, pe traseul Timisoara-Vrset-Pancevo-Smederevo-Kovin-Pozarevac-Veliko Gradiste-Majdanpek-Pozarevac-Pancevo-Timisoara, in total 700 km. Am revenit in oras la 12.30 noaptea.

Drumul in Serbia este destul de bun, cu restrictiile de viteza cunoscute celor care merg mai des pe acolo: 50 km/ora in localitati si chiar 40 km/ora in dreptul scolilor si 80 km/ora in afara localitatilor. Am ajuns la Smederevo destul de repede si ne-am dus sa vedem fortareata, care se afla chiar la intrarea in localitate.

Aflata la 45 km de Belgrad, fortareata de la Smederevo face parte dintr-un lant de asemenea constructii, care se intindea pana la Portile de Fier. Ea a fost construita intre 1428-1430 de catre ultimul conducator medieval al Serbiei, despotul Djuradj Brankovic.
Planul triunghiular al cetatii acopera o suprafata mai mare de 11 ha, la confluenta dintre Dunare si raul Jezava. Datorita acestei asezari ea a jucat un important rol religios si comercial in regiune, impreuna cu suratele ei de la Novi Sad (despre fortareata Petrovaradin vi-am povestit aici http://travelinghawk.blogspot.com/2010/11/fortareata-petrovaradin-petrovaradin.html), Golubac, Lepenski Vir si Viminacium. Principalul lor rol era insa acela de a rezista inaintarii otomanilor spre Europa.
Fortareata era inconjurata de un zid crenelat, intarit cu mai multe turnuri de aparare, aflate astazi in stare diferita de degradare.
Am inconjurat mai intai constructia pe din afara, pentru a ne da seama de marimea. Pe Dunare treceau slepuri, iar pe mal erau pescari in actiune. Era dumineca si oamenii iesisera la plimbare. Crenelurile de aici nu au scapat nici ele de nemurirea dragostei cu grafitti, gasindu-si o noua intrebuintare. Intr-un zid mai rezista eroic cateva ferestre frumoase, cu elemente venetiene.
 Dunarea la Smederevo
Intram in interiorul transformat in parc. Nu se plateste intrare aici. Tineri si batrani, se bucura de soare sau de umbra, dupa plac. Un grup de biciclisti pun la cale o excursie, poate. Turnurile se vad altfel din interior.
Intr-un colt, unde a fost palatul carmuitorului, zidurile sunt mai bine restaurate si se percepe o taxa de intrare simbolica de 40 dinari, adica mai putin de 50 eurocenti.
E un loc placut, unde am putea sa mai petrecem ceva timp dar e timpul sa plecam spre Golubac.
In urmatoarea postare va povestesc si va arat cetatea Golubac si malul Dunarii.

24 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Wow.....thats again a lovely place for photographers.....good work !

greetings, Joop

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Joop Zand! The Golubac Castle is even nicer!

joo said...

What a great trip and terrific photos again! I haven't been there for ages!
have a nice week ahead:)

Traveling Hawk said...

Have you been to Serbia before, Joo?

Randy said...

Now that would be something I would love to see.

VP said...

I see graffiti are common even there. Love the picture of the fisherman.

Traveling Hawk said...

It's an interesting trip, Randy!

Traveling Hawk said...

They are, everywhere in the world, VP.

pharaonx said...

frumoasa locatie. cred ca a meritat efortul. trecand dincolo de grafitti, s-au pastrat destulde bine zidurile. un loc frumos, bine redat de fotografiile tale.

Rizalenio said...

WOW!!! If those walls could talk, I will listen to them attentively. I love that place just by looking at your photographs. My favorites are the photos of the boats and the man fishing.

Long drive but surely worth it, my friend. WOW!!!

Traveling Hawk said...

Da, pharaonx, e placut de petrecut o zi libera acolo. N-am apucat sa vedem ceva si in micul oras, fortareata fiind la marginea sa. Poate altadata.

Traveling Hawk said...

Exactly my opinion too, Rizalenio. Even if at the beginning we intended to return from the Golubac castle, we went further on the Danube coast and this prolonged the driving. But it was a nice day!

magda said...

Great castle!!!
Many thanks for so interesting trip!!!
Beautiful photos!!!
Many greetings

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you for your comment, Magda!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Amazing historical monument well preserved! Excellent pictures.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Phivos, for your visit and comment!

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Wow, amazing castle, walls and history. Nice varied set of photos again. The Danube seems to go everywhere, I saw it once in Budapest !

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, it flows in Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania too, J_on_tour! In Romania the Danube forms a delta.

Doug Hickok said...

What an impressive fortress. I love the massive old stone works and the views from the top are wonderful.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Doug! I think the next one is even more impressive, and the Danube landscape adds to the charm of the place.

Liliana said...

80km/h? Ups...

Traveling Hawk said...

Da, stiu, e foarte frustrant!

Liliana said...

Am mers si eu in Islanda cu max 90km/h si da, e groaznic de frustrant :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Liliana: :)