Ram Fortress

Ram Fortress

Ram Fortress is located on the right bank of the Danube River, in Ram village, about 25 km northeast of Požarevac and 15 km away from Veliko Gradište. Ram Fortress is situated on the northeastern river side that descends towards the Danube River, featuring medieval ruins of good appearance and condition. There are in Veliko Gradiste nearly completted reconstruction works of the Ram Fortress, construction of pier for boats, and sport ground on the Silver Lake, the cycling trails on the Eurovelo Route 6 and 13 map, walking-cycline route from the Ram Fortress till the Zatonje village, and further direction to the Silver Lake.

The Ram Fortress ranks among the oldest artillery strongholds in Serbia. There are no exact historical records on the time when the Ram Fortress was erected, but it was first mentioned in 1128 as the place nearby of the battle between Byzantines and Hungarians. After the period of Ottoman campaigns on Pannonia and territory of the present day Serbia, the Turks continued occupation of Hungary. In order to defend the right side of the Danube River, Turkish sultan Bayazed II /1480 – 1512/ restored and strengthened the fortress which was capable to withstand the artillery attacks.

Ram Fortress features base of irregular pentagon, of the longest side 34 meters long and 26 meters wide. The Ram Fortress contains 5 towers located in four levels, on 3 floors and the ground floor, 3 towers on the eastern sides and 2 towers on the western walls. You can enter Ram Fortress through the Donjon tower, situated in the southwestern part of the fort. On each wall of the Ram stronghold, except on the western wall which faces the Danube River, there are special holes for canons. Within the walls of the Ram Fortress there are ruins of the structure featuring a proper octagon, whose sides are 3 meters long. Close from the Ram fortress, Turks have been erected caravan seray and a bath – hammam, what in time turned into establishment of the present day Ram settlement.

Recently remains of Roman castrum – military camp were found, 1 kilometer east from Medieval Ram fortress at the right bank of Danube river in eastern Serbia. This castrum from 1st-2nd century AD had dimensions of 140 x 200 meters, and it was used by emperor Traian during wars in Dacia as one of base camps. According to seals on bricks several regular and auxiliary units were temporarily stationed there – I Cretum, II Hispanorum, II Pannoniorum and cohorts of VII Claudia Legion. So far there were no systematic archaeological excavations of this site.

Today the Ram fortress is fully reconstructed, and visit to this site is strongly recommended, while unique experience for visitors traveling this area of Serbia is ferry ride across the Danube, at the Ram, direction Banatska Palanka.

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