Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Novi Sad, Serbia: The Rundown Village of Petrovaradin

Do you notice that rundown villages and places sometimes have their own charm? In a very strange and unique way?

The Petrovaradin village is a very small village in Novi Sad, and is home to the world famous in Serbia, the Petrovaradin Fortress.

I have to pass by the village every time I am going to Novi Sad city centre. The streets in this ghost town-like village were almost abandoned and the most number of people I saw were at the bus stand on the main street, just a few minutes before the bus arrived. The atmosphere is perhaps what people would refer to as reminiscent of communist Eastern Europe era. It looks sad and destitute, but the artistic side in me sees an unyielding, somewhat uncanny, charm to it. If I may, a bit surreal perhaps?

Peeled off and cracking paint on buildings. Auster and bleak. The lack of green (plants). Unkempt and not maintained streets. Writings, er I mean vandalism on the walls. Rust. Dilapidated and abandoned looking buildings. Moss build up.

The village looked like it just froze in time. But there is hope for progress I am sure.

Petrovaradin is located just across the Danube River from big sister city Novi Sad, the capital of the Vojvodina province. It is approximately an hour north from Beograd.

Here are a few of my pictures of the village. Judge for yourself.

This flight of steps in the village of Petrovaradin on Štrosmajerova street is the short cut to the fortress.

After passing through this gate (coming from Novi Sad), you then turn right to go to the Petrovaradin Fortress. I am doing my best here to take pictures with people in it.

Church of Petrovaradin. Beside this church, on the right, is the short cut to the fortress,

Locals waiting for the bus to arrive.

This has got to be my favourite picture of Petrovaradin. You can see the special Clock Tower at the top of the fortress.

Leaving the village and crossing over the bridge to Novi Sad proper.

Travel Period: March 2016
Destination: Petrovaradin, Novi Sad (Vojvodina), Serbia

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