Have you ever been to Vrsac? If you are not, we take you on this occasion to tour and see the symbols of this city - Vršac Tower. This tower was built in 1439 and it is believed that it was built by despot Đurađ Branković after the fall of Smederevo, with the aim of protecting his property in the area of today's Vojvodina.
History of the Vršac Tower
The town of Vršac was first mentioned in a letter from King Sigismund in 1427 under the name Podvršan. This name proves that the settlement was located below the top, on which there was probably a fortification. That fortification, whose remains are today on the top of the Vršac hill, was built by despot Đurađ Branković after the fall of the Despotate. It was already occupied by the Ottomans in 1456. The best preserved part of the fortress is the Donjon tower, but the remains of a rampart, a palace, a semicircular tower and a furnace have been found and restored. The Vršac Tower was often the target of conquest, especially in the 16th and 18th centuries, so extensive conservation and restoration work was carried out at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century.
Appearance and characteristics of the Vršac Tower
This fortification once had an elongated shape, which followed the plateau at the top of the hill and was 18 meters wide and 46 meters long. The dungeon tower has a rectangular base with an entrance on the first floor, which can be reached by steps. It is about 20 meters high, has a ground floor and 3 floors, of which the third floor was once used for housing. The architectural similarity between the Vršac Tower and the city of Smederevo supports the thesis that this fortification was built by despot Đurađ Branković.
How to get to Vršac Tower?
- From Belgrade to Vrsac you can reach by car in an hour and a half (via Route 10).
- You can also get to this city by bus (the price of a one-way ticket is 850 dinars, while the return ticket is 1360).
- From the center of Vrsac to the Vrsac Tower, it will take you about ten minutes (across Dimitrija Tucovića Street), so we advise you to go by your car or taxi. You can call one of the following carriers: Premier Taxi 013/800 900, Fokus Taxi 060/888 77 77 or Maxi Taxi 013/833 833. Taxi prices in this city are very affordable.
The last reconstruction of the Vršac Tower began in August 2021 and will last for 6 months. This tower is of great importance for Serbian history and past. Come and find out what happened in it during the Turks or the Habsburg monarchy. If you decide to visit the Vršac Tower soon, set aside one weekend for it, as it is only then open to all visitors (from 10 am to 5 pm). The ticket price is only 100 dinars.