Photo du Jour: Role Reversal – Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia

Known as the ‘reversed clock’ because of its swapped hour & minute hands, the clock tower of the Petrovaradin Fortress overlooks the city of Novi Sad, Serbia, from its perch on the right bank of the Danube River.

It was designed in such a fashion so that fishermen could more easily tell time when viewing the clock from a distance.

So, ready for a time test? If you guessed that it’s five minutes past six o’clock, you pass with flying colors :)

A close-up of the Petrovaradin Clock Tower in Novi Sad, Serbia. It's known for having swapped hour and minute hands on its clockface.

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Planning Pointers:

  • Novi Sad (Нови Сад) is Serbia’s second-largest city. Situated in northern Serbia, about 90 km from Belgrade, Novi Sad is slated to be a 2021 European Capital of Culture. For more information, see the Novi Sad Tourist Organization.
  • Are you looking for more tips? From Belgrade to Subotica, my Serbia guide highlights my favorite experiences in the country.

Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

7 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: Role Reversal – Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia

    1. Bim, I can see why the fortress was one of your favorite spots in Novi Sad! We only had the opportunity to go strolling there one early evening, but I loved seeing the artist colony, the splendid views of the Danube and countryside, and taking in the relaxed atmosphere. Were you studying in Novi Sad?

      1. Yea I was studying in Novi Sad, still finishing tho, but I guess I will continue visiting it from time to time since I live just an hour away :D

    1. Me too, Alessandro. :) Even with that instinct in mind though, this lovely clock confuses me.

      With the intense rains this region had in the last week, we certainly saw the effect on the Danube these past days. It’s moving quite quickly. For the sake of so many affected by the floods in Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia, here’s hoping the rains will continue to hold off.

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