Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Old Fortress [Part 2/3]: Inside the Walls

Our stay on the hills continue, as we march our way into the fortress. Judging from the outside the fortress is very well kept and in shape, but once you enter, different views greet you. Still, it's one of the biggest fortifications in this region, and it's very impressive to stand inside of it.

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I doubt that this was the main entrance during the days when this fortress was filled with life, but now the only path up the hill leads to this opening in the walls.


The entrance is very narrow and secluded, offers shelter and a somewhat in tact inner structure.


But once you pass through the entrance the inside of the fortress becomes visible.

The central part is missing all of the walls that made out the fortress, and you can really get the scope of how big this place used to be.


The fortress is located on a cliff, and If you climb the outer walls (which I did, even though I don't like heights), a wonderful view of the valley presents itself. (Can you manage to spot my parked red car in the image below?)


Even though destroyed by time, the walls are still a very impressive sight.




A portrait on the edge.



But this inner part is not the only part that remained. In the back of the next image you will see steps that lead into a higher part of the fortress.


We climbed it, and the views from up there are equally mesmerizing.






I shot some video footage too (will also be uploaded and posted), and as we made out way back we noticed a couple of spots inside, that we missed. But more on those parts of the fortress and of the sights on out way back, in the final third part. Thanks for watching and reading!

50 comments:

  1. Firstly Mersad huge congratulations on your 500th post, now 502 :) this series on the old fortress has been so interesting and beautifully shown, merci beaucoup..

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed. There are some great views to come in the last part! :)

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  2. This is such a wonderful series of photos. That's a very impressive fortress, and so is your photography!!

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    1. The fortress really is impressive. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Schön wie immer, auch die braunhaarige Frau ist sehr hübsch! ;-) LG

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  4. the hold fortress is impressive as are your photographs. they belong in a travel brochure, they sure make me want to see it with my own eyes. I think I see your car, about the middle to the right side.
    about the hospitals here sending out advertising. our hospitable are now all For Profit, so they all advertise. in the past until about 10 or 15 years ago, most hospitals were non profit, now they are all about the bottom line. this hospital had and emergency room but not set up for trauma, like really bad car accidents...2 years ago they added the trauma unit and are fighting with 3 other hospitals over who gets the helicopter patients... if this sounds crazy it is because it is.

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    1. Yes, that's my car! I understood what you meant with the hospital, I guess Euorpeans in general are not used to a system like that.

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  5. What a great place to visit! Wonderful views from on top. You got some amazing photos of the place. I like the black and white ones too.

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  6. i continue to have trouble loading your blog. many of the photos do not come through. what i saw, the fortress is formidable but the view is beautiful.

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    1. I wrote you about this. Maybe you should wait a bit for the images to load completely. Nobody else has had this problem.

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  7. Your pictures are always very nice Mersad...... you have seen a lot of nice place.

    compliments for your lovely models.....they deserves a compliment to.

    Greetings and i wish you a nice day, Joop

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  8. What a super view from way up there. It's obvious why this spot was chosen or the fortress.

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    1. Yes, It's a good spot for it.

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  9. A fascinating place and superb captures as always!! Thanks as always for the tour and I am looking forward to the next installment! Hope your week is going well, Mersad!! Enjoy!!

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  10. Excelentes fotografias....
    Cumprimentos

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  11. The pictures of fortress are very powerful, Mersad! I feel that I am very high looking not only at fortress and at the world also. Exciting feeling!

    Black and white photographs are fantastic also. And I like your smile:))

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  12. Wieder superklasse und darin herumzulaufen und zu klettern würde mich auch Spaß bereiten. Hast ja von der Klippe wirklich einen supertollen Ausblick und jaaa, ich glaube dein rotes Auto erkannt zu haben. Davor ist ein helles Hausdach zu sehen...richtig??

    Supertolle Aufnahmen, auch die sch/w Fotos. Kann ich immer den Hut vor ziehen.

    Liebe Abendgrüssle

    Nova

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    1. Yep. Du hast es entdeckt. Danke für deinen lieben Kommentar.

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  13. I especially like the view looking down at the village.

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  14. Spectacular images, Mersad!

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  15. Another great post, Mersad. This place is so impressive. I agree that your photos could be used in a travel brochure. I really liked both of the ones that showed the stairway to the top...the color and the black and white. And I must say...I admire you and your cousins for the hike and the climb. You all must be in great physical condition.

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    1. Thank you for the compliments. :)

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  16. The view from the wall is outstanding! No wonder that spot was chosen for the fort. That is a gorgeous old structure!

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    1. Thanks. I agree, this must have been spectacular in its hey day.

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  17. Mersad I love seeing your travels through your lens , amazing !

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the images.

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  18. What amazing views and captures of this magnificent old fortress! Beauty in ruins (and great portraits:)

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  19. What an outstanding series of images! The shots down into the valley are especially nice.

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    1. I like them too. Especially enlarged.

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  20. A really good look round. Beautifully shot.

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  21. Great post again....thanks for showing us so many nice places and fantastic photo's, compositions, sharpnes and colors are beautiful.

    Keep on Merdas with this good work.

    Greetings, Joop

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    1. I will. Thanks for the support.

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  22. I tried to imagine what life was like all those years ago when the fortress was occupied, and pictures of the girls helped... they were outstanding photographs and very professional.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the series.

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  23. Wonderful series of photographs with that amazing view at the end. I am very impressed with your photography. Your portrait shots are really special. Well done!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much. Glad you visited.

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  24. The shots are great and the place too
    See you
    Stefano

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