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Zemun

Zemun

  • Date: 1608
  • Material: paper
  • Technique: coloured drawing
  • Dimensions: 35 х 24 cm
  • Inventory number: ZI 57

Copy of a miniature from the Diary of Maximilian Prandtstetter, who travelled to Constantinople in 1608 as secretary of the Austrian embassy which was to ratify the peace treaty of Zhitva. The miniature is a unique view of Zemun from the time of the Turkish domination. It was made on the occasion of the ceremonious reception of the embassy in Belgrade, for, in exceptional circumstances such as these, the welcoming ceremony began already at Zemun.

Like many other travellers, Prandstetter considered Zemun, "ein schlehter Fleckhen", a suburb of Belgrade which "Nature endowed most after Constantinople" (in the words of an anonymous writer). The drawing shows Zemun surrounded by palisades and a quadrangular fortress on the hill (Gardoš).

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