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even if only briefly. This isacity tailoredtothe traditionally richmeasurements of thePannonianPlain, where everything thrives, from preserved Art Nouveau buildings to postmodern architecture. Itsmost popular contemporary trademark is the EXIT music festival, while it is also home - as it was in the past - to foundational institutions of Serbian culture: theMatica Srpska cultural centre, the Serbian National Theatre, the Sterija Pozorje theatre festival etc. This is a mini metropolis, a city where differences are perceived as an advantage. Also testifying to this is the work of the Novi SadTheatre, the Novi Sad University, with its 19 faculties, and many other things that represent the living essence of Novi Sad’s daily life. Novi Sad is a city that is proud of its past, the best traces of which continue to endure and radiate, and where you can live peacefully and dynamically, with all the upcoming and already-present images andoccasions of the simmering 21st century. Around ten kilometres further along, the Danube carries us to Sremski Karlovci. This is a place that’s rich inculture andhistory, butwhich is renowned for offering the highest qualitywines.The next stop on the course is Stari Slankamen, where the Tisza empties into theDanube and where, according to legend, Attila the Hun, the Scourge ofGod, is buried. And thenwewitness themost beautiful love story of two rivers, the place where the Danube and the Sava kiss eternally, perhaps the world’s most beautiful city, the capital of Serbia, the one and only Belgrade. The vantage point of the river provides an impressive view of the city’s Kalemegdan, Belgrade’s largest and most beautiful park, which also happens to be the country’s most important cultural andhistorical complexdominatedby the fortress above the confluence. During the timewhen the fortresswas Belgrade’s main military stronghold, it served as a place to watch for approaching enemies and await battle, which is why its name is derived from the Turkish words “kale” - city, or fortress, and “megdan” - battlefield. The Turks also called Kalemegdan Fićir-bajir,whichmeans “hill for thinking”. But theDanube flows on, inexorably, and we must go with it, via Vinča, to the city of Smederevo. On the bank of the Danube towers the powerful Smederevo Fortress, which was built by Serbian despot Đurađ Branković. Once the capital of Serbia, Smederevo is today a city that provides a reminder of the powerful days of the Serbian medieval state. Before the river leads us on to Silver Lake, check out the Ottoman fortress of Ram. Not a lot is known about the history of this fortress, but it is an extremely valuablemonument among the fortifications of theDanube. And herewe are on Silver Lake, the watery neighbour of the Đerdap Gorge, the Iron Gates of the Danube. The Đerdap Iron Gates Gorge is the largest river gorge in Europe. This area is also home to the Đerdap National Park, the largest national park in Serbia. Located on the right bank of the Danube and stretching from Golubac Fortress to the ancient Diana Fortress, it covers a distance of 100 km. And nearby is also Lepenski Vir, one of the largest andmost important Mesolithic and Neolithic archaeological sites, which was discovered in 1965, on the very bank of the Danube, and Opkoljena Dunavom i Jezavom, kao srednjovekovno srpsko graditeljsko čudo, stoji veličanstvena Smederevska tvrđava Surrounded by the rivers of the Danube and the Jezava, standing as a marvel of medieval Serbian architecture is the magnificent Smederevo Fortress Trajanova tabla je još jedan od simbola Đerdapa Trajan’s plaque, Tabula Traiana, is another symbol of Đerdap 88 | Dunav » Danube R I TAM SRBI JE / RHYTHM OF SERBIA

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