Maglic Fortress

Monday February 13th, 2017 Old Studenica, History, Tourism0

Located in the central part of Serbia, in the Ibar River Gorge and the Valley, about 15 km southwest of the town of Kraljevo, Maglic Fortress is the best preserved and one of the finest examples of the Serbian medieval fortifications, built along the important Medieval roads for protection and control of traffic and trade.

Photo: Marko Radovanovic

Exact time of the Maglic Fortress construction is not known, however the stronghold probably existed during the Byzantine rule in this region.

Maglic Fortress was rebuilt in 13th century by King Stefan the First-Crowned or his son Uros I, on a high rock surrounded from three sides by inaccessible steep mountain sides and the Ibar River, in order to defend the nearby monasteries of Zica and Studenica and provide control over the Ibar valley.

During the 14th century, Maglic Fortress was the seat of Archbishop Danilo II who wrote his famous biographies of the early Serbian rulers.

The Maglic Fortress consists of seven towers and a dungeon tower connected with 2 meters thick walls in rectangular shape. Inside the Maglic fortification there are remains of a palace, a church and barracks. The castle is reached by taking the small winding path that begins at the pedestrian footbridge.

From the Maglic Fortress a marvelous view of Ibar River valley and majestic surrounding can be seen.

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