NOVI SAD and SREMSKI KARLOVCI

History and Cultural heritage of Northern Serbia


During the centuries under the Ottoman rule Serbs tried to preserve their national identity and culture. At the same time, whenever Christian countries (Habsburg Empire, Venetia and Russia) were at war against the Ottomans, Serbs would make rebellions and tried to aid to the Christian cause. One such episode had a huge price: in 1690 Ottomans decided to punish Serbs for taking part in war against them and launched a huge punitive operation in modern-day territory of Kosovo, south central Serbia and northern Montenegro. In order to save as much people as possible, Serbian Patriarch Aresenius III led the huge migration, taking as much as 40.000 families north to Habsburg Empire. Clergy was migrating with people and entire monastery brotherhoods relocated to the territory of Fruška Gora Mountain. There has already been some Serbian churches and monasteries there, but after the great migration under Arsenius, some 30 monasteries were active in 18th and 19th Century. This territory became a Serbian Holy land, a place where national identity, spirituality and culture were nurtured and preserved. Although some of the monasteries suffered damages and destruction in 20th Century many of them are still active. Built in peaceful natural surroundings, these mostly baroque styled churches are witness of an era and hardships that fell upon Serbian nation. Small town of Sremski Karlovci was a spiritual center and the seat of archbishops and patriarchs. It has a short but beautiful pedestrian area situated between 18th and 19th century churches and buildings. It is quite famous for numerous family wineries and kugloffs (local cakes), as like as for the oldest Serbian high school still active today.

Tour Highlights :

You will visit the “Gibraltar of the Danube”, the Petrovaradin fortress a significant military fort of the Habsburg rulers. Today it is art center, home to Exit festival and place which mysterious underground keeps intriguing explorers from around the world. The most stunning part of Petrovaradin fortress is the Clock Tower at the Ludwig bastion. The clock is peculiar for its clock-hands: a little hand indicates minutes, while the big hand represents hours.
Novi Sad is also known as “the Serbian Athens” due to its remarkable culture and history. According to the legend, the city has been founded by exactly 12 soldiers and 20 craftsmen (bakers, butchers and others). We will visit pedestrianized street witht Orthodox Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Trg Slobode, city’s central square with its grandiose neo-Gothic Catholic church, an imposing City Hall and many other nice edifices.
Not far from the Novi Sad is “the Serbian Mount Athos” – Fruška Gora mountain with its 17 Christian Orthodox monasteries, oldest of them dating from the XV century. Here you can also enjoy wonderful nature, since the mountain is a national park as well.
It is said that ‘good things come in small packages’ and it is hard to find a better example in Serbia than the gorgeous town of Sremski Karlovci. Every building, house and street, have their own stories to tell. City is treasury of Serbian culture and spirituality ... Must try in Sremski Karlovci is famous aromatized wine Bermet and local Kuglof cake ....

How to book Tour and Price

This private tour lasts around 7 hours. Tour star around 9:30 am with pick up from your hotel. Price depends of group size. Price per group up to 3 pax cost 250 euro. (The meal and drink in restoran is NOT Included in price. The cost of 2-course meal and drink at a local traditional restaurant is around 15 Eur/person) Booking Tour is really simple, just send us an e-mail at genealogy.domovina@gmail.com.