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Svetozar Miletic Square, Dunavska, Sf Mary Church

Orthodox Church
Petrovaradin Fortress
Big shopping
Right in the heart of the city, the Roman Catholic The Name of Mary Church
commands attention with its 72 m (236 ft) steeple, Neo-Gothic ornamentation, and intricate
stained-glass windows. Prior to its creation, another cathedral stood on the site, but the town's
Catholic population considered it to be incorrectly built. The architect Georg Molnar designed
this new structure free of charge, earning him a bust inside. Snap photos of this slender yellow-
brick structure, with its multicolored ceramic roof and large gilded cross. Inside, notice the altar
made of fine wood from the Austrian Alps and look up to see intricate gothic arches. t was built in
1895th in neogothic in style. The interior is decorated with movables of Tirol carver; it has four altars and organ with 24
registers. On the windows are 20 glass paintings, the work of the Hungarian and Czech glass artist. Steep roof and tower
are covered with colorful ceramic žolnai. The Clock Tower is 76 meters high.
Stroll along , a shopping and leisure area, Dunavska Street is considered to be one of
the city's oldest streets. The zone is pedestrian-only along most of its length and features a
wide range of cafes, pastry shops, and museums. Here you can find anything from bohemian-
style venues to zany bars. Observe the neo-Baroque houses and buildings along the way and
take photos of the many picturesque sights. Check out the museums of art, history, and army.
At the end of this street, you'll encounter the lush Danube Park, with a lake and plenty of
shaded benches. Look for the well nearby, which is the oldest preserved one in the city, dating
to 1720. Dunavska Street is probably the oldest street in Novi Sad. It consists of three parts: from the direction of Zmaj
Jovina streets are one-floor houses on the left and right, whose ground floor premises are used for various stores, the
second part is the Danube park on one side and command of the garrison, the Museum of Vojvodina and the Historical
Museum, on the other side, while in the third part, near the Danube river, is a House of the officers. On the left side of the
street are houses in neo-baroque style.

Sitting on a hill above the Danube River, Petrovaradin Fortress features centuries-old
monuments, numerous museums and entertainment venues, and hosts internationally known
festivals. Although the present-day fortress was built between 1692 and 1780, 21st-century
archeological excavations show traces of Paleolithic civilizations living at the site some 20,000
years ago. Walk around the fortress to see these remains and numerous medieval structures.
You can also reserve a guided tour of the underground tunnels that total 16 km (10 mi) in
length. Grab a drink at one of the cafes and snap photos of the wide, open views across the
river, enjoying a panoramic view of Novi Sad. You'll do a lot of walking, so wear comfortable
shoes. Note that access to the fortress requires climbing a lot of steps, which might be difficult
for people with mobility issues.

Novi Sad, the perfect day trip


Anyway, I digress. The tourist in me was really curious to explore the world
beyond Belgrade’s city boundaries, so I did the ‘unthinkable’ and travelled to
Novi Sad for the day!
If you are feeling equally ‘rebellious’, here are a few things you can expect to
find on your visit to Novi Sad:

‘Serbian Athens’
Novi Sad (which means ‘new garden’ in Serbian) is Serbia’s second largest city
and the capital of the province of Vojvodina.
The pretty old town centre is compact and all the main sights can be reached
comfortably on foot. It is fun to explore and there are many little cafés where
you can treat yourself to a drink or a snack.
Freedom Square in the heart of Novi Sad.
Novi Sad is set to be the European Capital of Culture in 2021, a rather fitting
title as it was the centre of Serbian culture in the 18th and 19th century (during
the reign of the Habsburg Dynasty) and even earned itself the nickname of
‘Serbian Athens’. Most of Novi Sad’s buildings date after 1848 as much of the
city was heavily damaged during the 1848 Revolution.

Petrovaradin Fortress
Novi Sad’s top attraction is the imposing Petrovaradin Fortress. Called the
‘Gibraltar on the Danube’, it has been keeping a watchful eye over Novi Sad for
centuries and witnessed many important chapters in history. Once a year, it lets
its hair down for EXIT, one of Europe’s largest summer music festivals.
Petrovaradin Fortress has been watching over the city of Novi Sad in Serbia for centuries.
A visit to the fortress is a must. Your leisurely walks along the fortress walls will
reward you with magnificent views across the Danube to Novi Sad

Don’t miss the quirky Clock Tower – famous for having its hands the wrong way
around (the small hand shows minutes and the big hand shows hours) to help
distant fishermen on the Danube read the time more easily.
Don’t miss Petrovaradin Fortress’ quirky Clock Tower. (The time on the clock is almost 12h45, not
09h05.)
Within the fortress walls, you will also find the Novi Sad City Museum where
you can learn a bit more about the city’s history.
And, if you have always dreamed of sleeping in a fortress, you’ll be happy to
learn that there is a 5-star hotel where you can check in!

The heart of Novi Sad – Freedom Square


From Petrovaradin Fortress, cross the Danube, via Varadin Bridge, to reach the
heart of Novi Sad, Freedom Square (Trg Slobode) within a comfortable 15-
minute walk.
In the centre of the square is a statue of Svetozar Miletić, a 19th-century
politician and city mayor who championed the political rights of the Serbs.
The Novi Sad Town Hall on Freedom Square. The statue in front of the town hall is that of Svetozar
Miletić, a 19th-century politician and city mayor.
Freedom Square is flanked by two beautiful 19th-century buildings: the neo-
Renaissance Town Hall and the neo-Gothic Name of Mary Catholic Church with
its 72m-tall tower, stained glass windows and colourful ceramic-tiled roof.
Novi Sad’s Name of Mary Catholic Church on Freedom Square.Novi Sad’s Name of Mary Catholic
Church with its 72m-tall tower, stained glass windows and colourful ceramic-tiled roof.
Freedom Square extends into the city’s charming pedestrian zone with nice little
cafés, shops and more historic spaces to explore.

Bishop’s Palace
On the opposite side of Freedom Square, past the Catholic Church along the
pedestrian zone, you will find another beautiful building – the Bishop’s Palace
(Vladicanski Dvor), which is the residence of the (Serbian Orthodox) Bishop of
Backa. In front of this residential palace is a statue of Jovan Jovanović Zmaj, a
famous Serbian doctor and children’s poet, who is especially known for his
nursery rhymes.
Bishop’s Palace in Novi Sad. In front of the palace and the statue of Jovan Jovanović (a famous
Serbian doctor and children’s poet), was a group of kids, happily chasing soap bubbles!
Orthodox Church of St George
The Orthodox Church of St George is just behind the Bishop’s Palace. The
present-day church was built in 1905, on the ruins of a church built in 1734 and
destroyed in 1849. I was lucky to arrive at the church shortly after a wedding.
There was such a lovely atmosphere with a few musicians making music, while
the bridal couple still posed for a few more wedding pics. inside the church.
In the church courtyard, there is an Orthodox cross of red marble, said to be
Novi Sad’s oldest public monument.
Novi Sad’s Orthodox Church of St George. To the right, you can see an Orthodox cross of red
marble, said to be Novi Sad’s oldest public monument.
Danube Park
A few minutes’ walk away from the pedestrian zone, you will reach the Danube
Park (Dubavski Park), a nice green space where you can relax next to a small
lake. I discovered the park by chance. It is built on marshy land, close to the
bank of the Danube (and Varadin bridge). While the park did not wow me
(maybe because I visited early Spring and not much was flowering), I enjoyed
the small collection of sculptures. And, if you are a fan of Sisi (the Austro-
Hungarian Empress Elisabeth, who was killed in 1898 in Geneva), there is a
small island in the lake named in her memory (‘Erzsébet Island’) with a single
weeping willow tree on it …
Novi Sad’s Danube Park is a lovely green space, a few minutes’ walk from the old town’s pedestrian
zone.
Synagogue
Last, but not least, there is the Synagogue – a beautiful Art Nouveau-style
building built in 1909 by Hungarian architect Lipót Baumhorn for the once-large
Jewish community. It used to form the centrepiece of a trio of buildings by
Baumhorn, the other two buildings having been the Jewish school and Jewish
community building.
Novi Sad’s Synagogue is a beautiful Art Nouveau-style building built in 1909 by Hungarian architect
Lipót Baumhorn for the once-large Jewish community. (Photo by Dekanski, via Wikimedia
Commons)
Today, the Synagogue is frequently used as a concert hall, because of its fine
acoustics, while the old Jewish school is home to a ballet school.
To reach the Synagogue, walk away from Liberty Square past McDonald’s and
the (rather ugly – no town is perfect!) National Theatre onto the busy Jevrejska
(Jewish) Street. After a five-minute walk along this street, you’ll reach your
destination.
The Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad… and a surprise ballerina statue nearby.