Sam's Exotic Travels to Novi Sad: Serbia's Historical Treasure
Novi Sad is one of the historical treasures of Europe, located 70 km from Belgrade, and connected by an international highway with Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade, Athens, Bucharest and Istanbul. Novi Sad is the second largest city in the Republic of Serbia. The town was established in the 17th century as settlement of artisans and merchants on the left bank of the Danube River. After the First World War, Novi Sad became part of Serbia and Montenegro. Today, Novi Sad is a city with about 350,000 citizens and it is the political, administrative, economic, cultural and educational center of Vojvodina.
The city center abounds in buildings of different architectural periods, including gothic, baroque, secession and neoclassicism. Today, these historical buildings mainly house various institutions, museums and galleries.
The focal point of the city is the Petrovaradin fortress. It is located on the right bank of the river Danube, opposite to the city center. It was built between 1692 and 1790, according to the plan of the French architect Sebastian Voban. The fortress covers the area of 112 hectares and has 16 km of underground corridors on four levels (some are supposed to lead under the river).
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