Kanli Kula fortress

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By Сергей Наруков, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60009022
By Сергей Наруков, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60009022
Kanli Kula is a fortress in the picturesque city of Herceg Novi in Montenegro. It is located on a hill in the northern part of the Old Town.The name of the fortress can be translated from Turkish as “Bloody Tower”.
The first mentions of the Kanli Kula fortress appeared in historical documents of the 17th century, in the notes of the Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi, who visited the city in 1664, however, the fortress was built much earlier – around the middle of the 16th century
The internal dimensions of the fortress are 70 m by 60 m, the thickness of the walls in some places exceeds 20 m. Different masonry and different types of loopholes show how the fortress has changed over the centuries.
Due to its size and location, the Kanli Kula fortress dominates the entire city – it stands 85 meters above sea level. Previously, Kanli Kula was part of the powerful fortifications that surrounded the medieval city.
The Kanli Kula fortress today is one of the main attractions of Herceg Novi. In 1966, a large-scale reconstruction was carried out in it, as a result of which a summer theater with an open stage appeared on the roof – the largest building of its kind on the entire Adriatic coast

Access : Coordinates: 42.4524, 18.5381 / Location: the fortress is located on the top of a hill ,in the northern part of the old town of Herceg Novi.

Highlights :

  •  The fortress is  open for tourist visits, climbing on its roof, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city and the entire  Kotor Bay.
  •  You can get to the fortress in two ways – through the northern gate, which was opened later, as a result of the dismantling of the northern wall by the Austrians , or from the Old Town, through the tiny – and very picturesque, southern gate, to which a long staircase leads.
  •  The name of the fort can be translated from Turkish as “Bloody Tower”. The Kanli Kula fortress ceased to play the role of only a defensive structure, and also became a prison. They kept here mainly political criminals – fighters for the freedom of Montenegro, opponents of the Ottoman occupation. The prison had a reputation for being impossible to get out of or escape from. The prisoners were brutally tortured, many people were tortured and killed in these walls – that is why the fortress received its “bloody” name.

Ticket price: 1 EUR,ou can see the upper part of the fortress for 2 euros (children under 12 years old – free). It is open only during the tourist season and is open daily from 10:00 to 19:00.

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities , from the observation deck there is an excellent view of the Adriatic Sea and the entrance to the  Kotor Bay.

Go next : Spagnola fortress in Herceg Novi , The fortress “Forte Mare” / The town of Herceg Novi is rightfully considered one of the most impressive resorts in Montenegro.

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