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Tower of Sibinjanin Janko

Tower of Sibinjanin Janko

Zemun has to thank the old town Gardos for its beauty and an authentic atmosphere.

Gardos is just one of three hills on which Zemun was built, but for many people it’s the most stunning one. Gardos rises on the right bank of the Danube, offering an amazing view to Zemun and to the area across the river. Gardos is a settlement, built in the 18th century on the site of ruins of medieval fortresses. Many fishermen and boatmen called Gardos their home.

The most recognizable landmark of Gardos and Zemun is certainly Gardos tower, known as the The Tower of Sibinjanin Janko. According to the legend, the tower was the location where the famous Hungarian hero Janos Hunyadi died (known as Sibinjanin Janko in Serbia). However, years do not match and the most correct name would be The Millennium Tower. It was built by the Hungarian government in 1896, to commemorate 100th anniversary of statehood and long belonging of these territories to Hungary. A monumental tower was also built in Budapest, with four more exactly the same at the locations which represented the final boundaries of the former state. The Millennium Tower was one of them, built of stone and brick, with a mixture of styles where the most dominant are elements of the Romanesque.

Ok, it is possible that all previous information was known to you, but did you know that bricks making up the exterior of the tower are covered with numerous engraved signatures, where some date back to the beginning of the last century? The tower is thus a scrapbook of all those who have ever enjoyed the beautiful moments this tower could offer. A few pictures of those signatures were caught by our camera on the re-opening of the tower on the 27th of April.

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This symbol of Zemun was formerly used as a landmark for navigation by ancient traveling merchants. The tower changed many owners for the last 20 years, so it was at one point an art gallery, a studio for artist colonies, as well as a large restaurant. The Tower was constantly in use; however it was not the subject of a bigger investment. With the last tenant Djordje Cubrilo - freelance artist and photographer, things are moving for the better. The tower is fully renovated and is now the pride of Gardos, in the true sense of the word.

Entering the tower, visitors first encounter a permanent exhibition of analog cameras and art photography exhibitions of world-renowned and unknown authors. Right stairway leads to the lookout, where it is possible to see the panorama through a 360° telescope. Speaking of memorable moments, you will most likely experience the best one on this beautiful lookout which gives a unique view of the river and the city.

Artistic contribution does not stop only with the lower gallery but also on the upper floors where visitors can enjoy permanent exhibition dedicated to the character and work of scientist Milutin Milankovic, with three-dimensional models and software about his life and work.

Throughout the history the Tower was a symbol of power, an observation tower and a lookout tower, and now is equally elevated in the service of art and culture. Thanks to the Cubrilo gallery, the tower has a new life, and the gallery already opened the door of this well-aged beauty for everyone who visits it.

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