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The Fortress - Upper town

The importance the fortress had to the conquers and rulers of Belgrade an be seen in the number of gates used to enter it.

Karađorđe’s gate

This gate, built in the 18th century was named after the leader of the First Serbian Rebellion, Karađorđe, who had, after conquering Belgrade in 1807, entered the fortress through this gate.

Defterdar’s gate

Dates from the Middle Ages, and its name is associated with the function of deferdar, bookkeeper, in the Turkish army. It got its present look in the 18th century.

Despot’s gate with the Dizdar’s tower

Built in the first half of the 15th century, it represents on of the pest preserved parts of the fortress from the time of despot Stefan Lazarević. The rest of the despot’s court was destroyed in the fight between the Turks and Austrians in the 18th century. Today, the Observatory of the Astronomy association "Ruđer Bošković" is in Despot’s or Dizdar's tower.

Zidan gate

This gate was built in the middle of 15th century. It has two round towers on both of its sides. The basements of these towers were in the Turkish period used as dungeons. This use of the towers gave the name to this gate, since "zidan" in Turkish means dungeon.

Leopold's gate

This gate was built between 1688 and 1690, during two year long Austrian government and it was named after Austrian emperor Leopold.

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