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

Known as the “reversed clock” because of its swapped hour and minute hands, the clock tower of the Petrovaradin Fortress overlooks the city of Novi Sad, Serbia. The fortress sits on the right bank of the Danube River.

The clock was designed in such a fashion so that fishermen could more easily tell time when viewing the clock from a distance. Here, the big hand represents the hour, while the little hand indicates the minutes.

So, are you 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.

Where in the World?

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.

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Published by Tricia A. Mitchell

Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene. A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia. Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.

8 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.

    2. No flaw, at all. When on the Danube, ship captain would much easier spot the big handle – and know what is the hour, then a small one. If he can see the minutes showing with the small handle, good for him. But if not, he would at least know the hour of the day.

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