Novi pazar fortress
Novi Pazar Fortress is located in the very centre of present town. Novi Pazar was founded in the mid 15th century by Isa bey Ishakovic so as to serve as a base for Turkish conquests in western Balkan. The fortress was situated on the crossroads of routes connecting Dubrovnik, Bosnia and southern Adriatic coast with Thessalonica and Constantinople.
At first, military fortification was built of wood construction, at the bank of Raska river, while subsequently wooden construction was replaced with one made of stone. Remains of stone build fortifications are still visible today. There are different opinions about the construction of the stone fortification. Some works were done in 1692, but the major work was carried out in 1718 – as written on the tablet placed on the northern fortress bastion.
The fortress was built pursuant to basic principles of bastion artillery fortifications. Three bastions and a watchtower, located on the northwest bulwark, have been preserved until present day. The other tower, next to the north bastion, was destroyed after World War I.
Site name and location: Novi Pazar Fortress, Novi Pazar Municipality, Serbia
Monument type: Cultural monument of special importance
Property of: Republic of Serbia
Under responsibility of: Kraljevo Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments
Institution in charge of: Novi Pazar Municipality
Stefana Nemanje 2, 36300 Novi Pazar
Tel: +381(0)20 331 041; 313 644
Fax: +381(0)20 314 224