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Panoramic view of the western walls of the fortress. At the top is the symbol of Belgrade - POBEDNIK


The Pobednik (The Victor) is a monument built to commemorate Serbia's liberation from Ottoman occupation. Built in 1928 and standing at 14 meters high, it is one of the most famous works of Ivan Meštrović*. It is also one of the most visited tourist attractions in Belgrade and the city's most recognizable landmark.
In 1912, Meštrović was commissioned to designed a grand commemorative fountain on Terazije square. The center basin of the fountain was to include a five-stepped column where the Pobednik statue was to stand on. The five-stepped column would represent the five hundred years of Ottoman occupation in Serbia. The project was interrupted following the outbreak of the Second Balkan War and the First World War. The original plans were eventually scrapped and the statue was placed atop a marble column and unveiled in 1928, atop the Belgrade Fortress during the 10th anniversary of the breakthrough at the Thessaloniki Front.

The statue, holds a falcon, on watch for the new threats on the horizon, in the left hand, and a sword of war, ready to counter these threats in the right. It's looking forward across the confluence of the Sava and the Danube, and over the vast Pannonian plain, towards the very distant Fruška Gora mountain, towards the (at the time), Austro-Hungarian empire, it is probably the most powerful, most popular visual symbol of Belgrade.

* Croatian sculptor and architect. He is renowned as one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. He was the first living person to have a one man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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