Zemun Walking Tour, Millennium Tower, & Belgrade Sightseeing Drive
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The Millennium Tower in Zemun is better known by locals as Janos Hunyadi Tower, named after a fearsome warrior who, when his country needed a hero, came out of nowhere and became one.
Born in 1407, Hunyadi began carving his place in history around 1428, during a battle that King Sigismund of Hungary was losing badly. (Serbia was then part of the kingdom.) Just when the Turks were about to pounce on the king's troops, a knight in full armor charged in, slashing his way through a multitude of Turks.
The king couldn't identify the knight's white tunic, or the shield depicting a raven holding a gold ring in its beak. (Evidence points to Hunyadi buying his own armor and designing his own crest.) Nevertheless, the king rewarded the knight's bravery by assigning him to the Royal Bodyguard.
Hunyadi moved up the ranks quickly to become a commander, and defeated three Ottoman invasions in seven years – something that no one had done before. Then, in 1456, when 100,000 Turks marched on Belgrade against Hunyadi's 6,000, he rallied 30,000 peasants to arms, catching the enemy by surprise and driving them out of Serbia. They didn't return for 70 years.
Hunyadi, however, became ill during the siege, and died in the fortress that then occupied the site of the Millennium Tower. (You can still see parts of it.)He became a national hero of Serbia, Hungary, and Romania, and his second son went on to become a Hungarian king.
As you'll see at the tower, knights in shining armor really do exist.
Just south of Gardos Hill on Vasilija Vasilijevica Street, you'll find the "White Bear": the oldest house in Belgrade, according to the sign in front. It was built in the late 1600s, and became the most popular tavern in town. Local lore holds that Prince Eugene of Savoy stayed here while he planned Austria's attack on Ottoman-occupied Belgrade in 1717. If the plans were made over a drink or two, it worked: The Turks were driven out. The war wasn't over, though – they returned 22 years later.
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