Passing through Palić’s Great Park entrance, a heavily-carved wooden arch that resembled reddish-brown lacework, I couldn’t help but imagine who had strolled through the gates a century earlier when this part of northern Serbia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We continued along on a sidewalk that was covered by a thick canopy of handsome old trees, our sights set on tranquil Lake Palić a few hundred meters off in the distance. White lamp posts framed the walkway, and eventually we reached the water’s edge.
Situated in northern Serbia, the city of Subotica is like a treasure box overflowing with Art Nouveau gems. Most of the buildings were constructed in the early 20th Century, when Serbia and neighboring Hungary were part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
Designers incorporated whimsical details, colorful flourishes, and folk art into Subotica’s City Hall, Synagogue, private homes, and banks, evoking thoughts of Gaudí, fictional Dr. Seuss lands, and fanciful wedding cakes.
Aside from their beautiful charm, what’s remarkable about the structures is that their ceramic work is still as brilliant today as it was one hundred years ago.
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. Continue reading “Photo du Jour: Role Reversal – Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia”