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Platte grond der Stadt en vesting BELGRADO, benevens het Leger der Keyserse.. Anno 1717.
Estimated value: $650 - $900
In 1717 the Austrians, led by Prince Eugene of Savoy, took Belgrade again and held it until 1739. In that period the medieval fortified town definitely disappeared and a modern Baroque artillery fortress was constructed on the same site. The reconstruction project (authored by Austrian Colonel of Swiss origin Nicolaus Doxat de Demoret) was carried out during the next 15 years.
For its time that was a sturdy, modern and pretty extensive fortification of Vauban's type, in which high hopes were placed for the defence of Europe against the Turks. But soon, after the Austrian army had suffered several defeats, Austrian Belgrade surrendered to the Ottomans without fighting!
Unfortunately, according to a clause of the armistice contract signed on that occasion, Austrians had the right to hand Belgrade over to Turkey under the condition that all new fortifications built after 1717, be destroyed.
The demolition of the newly built Austrian fortifications lasted for almost six months.
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