Subotica, Serbia #BigBalkansAdventure #bigbalkansroadtrip #myphoto #mytravelpictures #summer #serbia #subotica #bigcity #5000km #picturesque #sky #clouds #iphonephotography #nofilter #naturallight Very picturesque town Through its long history Subotica often changed its rulers, countries and names. It has changed over 200 names – it was called Zabadka, Szent Maria, Maria Tereziopolis… It was under the governance of Hungarians, Turks, Serbs, and it was included in both Habsburg and Ottoman Empire, and then Yugoslavia. Once it was the capital of one almost fairy-tale empire.
Subotica passed a long way to being a Serbian most northern city. However, what remained the same during the course of all these centuries is the fact that it is a city worth being seen, a good place for a shorter of longer holiday, home of warmhearted and welcoming people of different nationalities who make Subotica look so charming and unique.
Subotica was inhabited since ancient times, and the traces of 3,000 years old settlements were found near the town. Centuries later, Subotica was first time mentioned in 1391 with its Hungarian name Zabadka, and it is assumed that today’s Hungarian name “Szabadka” meaning “dear, free place” comes from the previous name Zabadka.
While in Hungarian Subotica is “a dear place”, in Serbian it is “a little Saturday”. According to another legend, Subotica was named after Subota Vrlić – another prominent Serb, general and treasurer of self-proclaimed Emperor Jovan Nenad Crni (Jovan Nenad the Black), who got his nickname Crni (the black) by a black line going from his temple to his heel.
This mysterious person appeared after the defeat of Hungary at Mohač at the beginning of 16th century, when he managed to take parts of Bačka, Srem and Banat from Turks and establish a state that he soon proclaimed an empire and Subotica became its capital.
Nonetheless, this empire was not long-lived. It was destroyed by much more powerful empires and the empire and its emperor Nenad Crni (Nenad the Black) soon disappeared. But Subotica remained. Today there is a monument to its emperor at the central city’s square, for all those who don’t believe to this story.