One of the reasons I like living in Sremski Karlovci is the fact that many tourists visit the town. Most of the tourists are just regular sightseeing visitors that do not linger long during their visit. Small number of people stay a bit longer, and those are usually tourists which accidentally end up in the town, and they like it so much in the end, that the decide to explore a bit more, or participants, that come from all around the world to various educational and volunteer programmes that are implemented in ‘Eco Center Radulovački’. I usually enjoy spending time with them, because such people bring different perspectives on various topics. They make you see the local reality in a different colour.I can’t really remember who it was, but I clearly remember one girl made a comment ‘You people from Sremski Karlovci really like the yellow colour’. I asked why she thought so, and got the reply ‘Look around you, everything is yellow, your school, your church, houses even flowers.’ And she was mostly right. Even dough, not everything is yellow in the town, a lot of things are and it is a colour present in many places. So I took my camera and went around the town, trying to record everything yellow.
One of the most significant structures of the town – the Chapel of Peace. Constructed in 1817. on a place where the Karlovci peace treaty was signed between the Ottoman empire and the Christian alliance in 1699. That was an unprecedented event in history, not only because the event shaped the present political map of Europe, but also because this was the first time a round table was used for negotiations, where multiple parties were present.
Catholic church of the Holy Trinity is a baroque building, constructed in 1768. in the town center. Interesting thing about the church is that it is faced toward the west, unlike most of the other catholic churches that are facing the east. Both this church and the Orthodox church Saint Nikola, that is beside it, are facing the West. It is said that they were built like this in order to show the unity of people from both religions, who are living in the town.
One of the many water sources in the town. Sremski Karlovci have over a dozen water springs, from which many people gather water and not only locals, but people from other towns in the norther part of the country.
A building, originally owned by the church until the WW2. Afterwards if becomes a dormitory for students of Karlovci grammar school. During 90s, it completely changes its purpose and it becomes home for a company that transforms it into a factory (ironically naming it ‘The future’). Now it is owned by another company, which makes pillows, blankets and similar things. Neither of the companies looked after the building which resulted in deterioration of the once beautiful facade.
All kinds of yellow colour here. What makes this place interesting for me is the upper part of the building, which looks like a separate house, cut in half. The house is like ‘Where the hell am I and where is my other half?!’
I tried not to put too many well known buildings on the ‘yellow’ list, but I really couldn’t skip Karlovci grammar school. As oldest Serbian school it hold an important place in history of the country. Many tourists that visited the school described it as something from Harry Potter books, comparing it to Hogwarts sometimes. As there is really a lot to write about when it comes to this school, I will leave it for another post that will focus solely on it.