This is the largest fortress of its kind in these parts, covering the area of 10.5ha.It has 25 towers and 2-4m-thick walls. Since at the time when the fortress was built there was no danger from the Danube, the walls on that side were thinner.The fortress consists of Small Town (Mali grad) and Big Town (Veliki grad).You should explore this...more
The fortress was built on the Danube downstream from Belgrade between 1428 and 1430, during the reign of Despot Djuradj Brankovic. By his order, each house had to send a male member to build the fortress. Encircled by walls and towers, it was for a long time the last bastion against the Turkish assault.The fortress was severely damaged during the...more
I have no doubt there are many things to do in Smederova but unfortunately pressure of travel deadlines meant that a group of VT members enroute from Belgrade South to our ultimate destination of Bitola in Macedonia for the beginning of the Euromeet proper had a very short time to visit the fortress, and I am really glad we did. This place really...more
Saborna Crkva Svetog Georgija – the Church Cathedral of Saint George in Smederevo is one of the largest and the most beautiful churches erected in Serbia in the 19th century. The church was built between 1850 and 1854 by Andreja Damjanov (aka Andrey Damyanov), a Macedonian Bulgarian, one of the most famous builders of sacred objects in the Balkans....more
The Big Town (Veliki Grad) was built between 1430 and 1439 with 19 towers, more than 20m high.There was a church here, with the remains of Saint Luka, the patron saint of Smederevo.The town became a famous trade centre.When the Turks came in 1459, a wall was built round the fortress and 4 more towers for cannons. A part of the wall was pulled down...more
As soon as you go through the gate, you'll find yourself in the spacious courtyard. It was once called the 'magna sala audientie' (reception hall). This is where the last medieval Serbian ruler used to receive his subordinates.On your left you'll see lovely windows (bifore) with stone benches on each side. People used to sit and watch the Danube...more
Dure Danicica 66, Smederevo, 11300, Serbia
Good for: Couples
Djurdjevi vajati (Djurdje's Vajats) is restaurant in Jugovo, once popular resort 5 km from Smederevo center, by the road to Belgrade. Restaurant stands on the left bank of Danube. It has beautiful terrace on the elevation above Danube.
This tip would not be complete without explanation of the restaurant's name. Word "vajat" is derived from Turkish and means little wood or stone building with no windows, used for storage of tools and fruit, but also the space where newlyweds spend nights. Djurdje refers to Djuradj Brankovic, Serbian medieval ruler who moved capital to Smederevo and who built Smederevo Fortress.
Favorite Dish: Djurdjevi vajati has menu with typical local spicy meet food. Everything that we have tasted was very good.
Every summer, the Small Town (Mali Grad) of the fortress is the place where a lot of cultural happenings, like concerts or performances, take place.
While visiting the fortress, we heard several very unusual legends. According to 1, eggs, not concrete, were used to build the fortress. But more famous 1 says that Jerina, Greek Princess and Despot Djuradj Brankovic's wife, used milk, not water, to wash herself.One more reason why people of that time didn't like Jerina. They called her Prokleta...more
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Be very careful when going up and down the wooden stairs. They were made under an unusual angle and the steps get smaller as you go up.