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Fortresses near Danube

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Fortresses near Danube

In Serbia, there are the remains of nearly forty fortified medieval cities and fortresses. They were built at strategically important geographical points alongside rivers, key roads or on the defence border lines.

 

They were raised to be impossible to conquer; however, their ruins tell the story of the invasion and the appearance and disappearance of the cultures they once defended. New masters renewed, strengthened and adapted them to the development of the warring techinique and changed their original forms. Some fortresses were only military outposts while others protected manor-houses and thei squires estates and some fortresses were intended for defending the monasteries. Many fortresses ere the heralds of contemporary cities.Their tower and defensive-wall systems encompassed the whole settlements-houses, shops, public buldings and churches.

As the significant monuments of the European military architecture, today, Serbia fortresses (Belgrade fortressPetrovaradin fortressNiš fortressSmederevo fortressKaleMagličGolubacBač) are part of the rich cultural heritage and an inevitable (must see) tourists destination in their own right.

 

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