Gardos - basic information
Gardoš is a city settlement in Zemun, one of the most beautiful city units in Belgrade. It also includes a medieval fortress located on the right bank of the Danube. It is a very picturesque area that has preserved its authentic appearance with small houses and cobbled streets.
History of Gardos
The history of Gardos begins very early, in the period of the Nolita. A large number of objects that were found during the archeological excavations testify to the fact that there was a settlement on this location during the Stracevac and Vinca cultures. Time passed, and with it, the people who inhabited this place changed, which was obviously fruitful. It is believed that Zemun was named after dugouts, a type of house that was once built here. But for Gardos, there is not only one fact that testifies to the origin of the name. Despite the fact that the sources about the name have not been preserved, there are many other remains of tools, weapons, but also buildings that speak of the past. Among them, the most prominent is the so-called Gardos tower.
It is officially called the Millennium Tower, but it is much more recognizable by another name, Gardos Tower. It bears that name because it is one of the four Millennium Towers that the Hungarians built in 1896 on the borders of their empire, as part of the celebration of the thousandth anniversary of their arrival in Pannonia. Our tower was located in the southernmost part of the kingdom at that time, and today it is one of the two completely preserved towers from that period. The elevation on Gardos is considered a great position for an observatory, as the people who set up their fortresses right here knew. The tower is 36 meters high and is open to visitors. It offers a view of the Kalemegdan Fortress, Zemun, the Danube, the main landmarks of Belgrade. And in the tower itself, exhibitions are often held, as well as cultural events, within the studio and gallery Cuburilo. The permanent exhibition consists of an exhibition dedicated to the character and work of Milutin Milankovic.
Janos Hunjadi, also known as Janko Sibinjanin, a Hungarian knight and a great fighter against Osmali, was killed in the medieval tower that was located on the site of today's Gardos tower. Due to his chivalry, the Serbian people named Gardos Kula the Tower of Janko Sibinjanin.
One of the features of Gardos are the preserved cobbled streets and small, ground-floor houses, which evoke the spirit of the former Zemun. That is why the descent from the hill on which the tower is even more beautiful. As you descend these streets towards the river, you will have the feeling that you have wandered into some small, almost coastal town. The houses are cheerful, and the people who live in them are very kind. And when you finally descend through this beautiful hill, the river and the restaurants and rafts that are on it will be waiting for you. Enjoying a portion of fine fish specialties, you will be able to complete this pleasant tour with one of the most beautiful parts of Zemun, but also the whole of Belgrade.
Working hours of Gardos Tower
The tower is open to visitors every day from 10 am to 7 pm.
How to get to Gardos?
On foot: from the center of Zemun can be reached in less than 15 minutes, Main and Stepenice Street.
By bus: there is a bus stop nearby 17, 45, 83, 84
By taxi: Pink taxi - 19803; 0800 11 9803; 065 488 99 77 Safe Tax BG - 060 8801010, Lux Taxi -011 3033 123