Skadar Lake with its common delights and social legacy has dependably been one of my most loved places in Montenegro. I have made many vessel trips, watching pelicans and visiting old religious communities; I have delighted in the run of the mill lake food; and obviously, Paul and I have investigated every one of the streets, climbing trails, pleasant towns, old wells and archeological locales around the Lake and in its environment.
The subject of my last posting was: 5 overlooked fortifications in Central Montenegro. This time I need to reveal to you more about the fortresses that were manufactured, quite a while prior, in and around Skadar Lake. A large portion of them lie in remains and are not really available. Just a single of them was reproduced: Fort Besac in Virpazar.
How about we begin with an outstanding stronghold that is arranged along the fundamental street from Podgorica to Virpazar:
LesendroThe Lesendro post was worked by the Montenegrin ruler Petar II Petrović Njegoš in 1832 on an island in Skadar Lake close to the town of Vranjina. The fortification was likewise called “Key to Skadar Lake”, as it was intended to guarantee safe exchange and looking for the nearby occupants. Sadly, it was vanquished by the Turks in 1843. To his lament, Njegoš fizzled a few times to reconquer the stronghold, and that is the reason Montenegrin individuals still utilize the familiar axiom: “Lamenting like Vladika (Njegoš) for Lesendro”. The Turks left the fortification just 35 years after the fact.
The development of an expressway and railroad to the drift associated Lesendro to the terrain, without leaving direct access to the destroyed fortress. The best way to visit the post is by passing the street and moving over the railroad (stop your auto at the Jezero Restaurant in Vranjina). You will be amazed when you enter the post: it is very spatious and contains a few structures. Simply envision what occurred here just about two centuries back! I figure you will concur that it is a pity that this post was relinquished and overlooked. It has the right to be recreated, not just as a result of its astounding position in the Lake and along the interstate, yet in addition for its social legacy and chronicled centrality.
The medieval sustained town of Žabljak Crnojevića was previously the capital of the Crnojević Dynasty. It is arranged on a slope close Skadar Lake, at a separation of just 15 km (a 20 minutes drive) from Podgorica. Signposts can be found in the town of Golubovci, along the detour street (“travel”). Once arrived, you can stop your auto close to the old Turkish extension and make a walk tough to the relinquished palace.
It is accepted that the stronghold was worked in the tenth century, when the Romans led these zones. Amid the Crnojević line, in the fifteenth century, it looked like a Venetian fortress with 300 houses. What’s more, amid the time of Ottoman lead it was a standout amongst the most critical fortresses of the territory. The fortification itself is extremely noteworthy: it has tremendous dividers, two meters wide and up to 15 meters high, with towers and one entryway. Inside, you can see the remains of the St. George’s Church (that was transformed into a mosque amid the Ottoman lead), lodging and military offices, a distribution center and a water tank. The perspective of Skadar Lake is stunning on all sides, specifically in spring.
The relinquished island of Grmožur, inverse to the town of Godinje, is otherwise called “Montenegrin Alcatraz”. A stronghold was worked here in 1847. Later on, King Nikola utilized the perplexing as a jail for unsafe culprits and political adversaries who did not know how to swim, with the goal that they couldn’t escape from the island. The story goes that just a single detainee figured out how to escape by utilizing a wooden entryway as a pontoon. As an outcome, the mindful watch needed to assume control over his place and serve his sentence.
These days, the stone structures are incapacitated, by climate impacts and flooding, as well as on the grounds that stones are taken away by some corrupt villagers. The main tenants of Grmožur are seagulls, cormorants, reptiles and snakes. What a pity that this island was left to the attacks of time!
BesacFort Besac is the main fortification that has been remade. It is arranged on the highest point of a slope, straightforwardly over the town of Virpazar. The fortress was worked by the Turks in 1478 and it has assumed a noteworthy job in the stronghold arrangement of the Lake for a few centuries.
Amid the Italian occupation in World War II, Fort Besac was utilized as a jail. As of late, it was remade with help of the EU and the World Bank (photograph TO Bar) and these days it has turned into a huge vacation destination with a passage ticket of €1.00 as it were. The stroll through the woods tough is extremely pleasant and the view is glorious.
TophalaI must concede that I have never visited this medieval pinnacle on the island of Tophala, not a long way from the town of Ckla in Skadarska Krajina. The building has a square premise, the dividers are around 6 m high and they are given solid columns at the corners and in the inside. This post was intended to ensure the religious communities on the adjacent islands and it was most likely worked toward the finish of the fourteenth century. I have utilized a photograph of Skadar Lake National Park, yet I might truly want to see the pinnacle with my very own eyes. Does anyone know how?
Skadar Lake – I truly think about whether Montenegrins AND remote vacationers know about the huge regular, social and chronicled estimation of this zone. In any case, genuinely: I imagine that the legitimacy, characteristic wonders and quietness of the Lake are its most imperative fortunes… .
So don’t ruin Skadar Lake with extravagant vacationer resorts, excitement parks and speedboats!!!