Castles of Serbia

Jagodić Castle


Although Jagodić Castle is much closer to the Konak, on the way to Vršac, it is formally located in the area of ​​the village of Boka. It was built on the edge of the forest. This particular forest is interesting for the rarely preserved group of nettle trees (protected plant species) that extends to the English park. The year of construction is 1835, and the owner was Petar Jagodić, one of the most prominent members of this family. The castle remained the property of that family until its nationalization after the Second World War. The Jagodićs were a respectable noble family that did a lot for the Serbian people in Vojvodina. They were important members of Matica Srpska. The Matica Srpska Gallery keeps several of their portraits. All were made by the painter Konstantin Danil.

It is obvious that the Jagodićs wanted to build a family castle for themselves far from the settlement and in the peace of the forest in the Banat plain. This custom was in line with the trends of the time in Austria, Russia, Britain, or Germany. The castle belongs to the type of Polish castles and is surrounded by an English park, which has both common and exotic plant species, which is typical of the era of romanticism. The park in front of the castle is made according to the pattern of French parks.

The castle building itself is in an elongated rectangular shape and with perfect symmetry. The building is laterally marked with two projections that look like towers. The axis of symmetry consists of two access porches, one serving as the entrance, and the other, towards the park. On the opposite side is a porch with a terrace supported by four Corinthian pillars. The windows also have elements of Corinthian style. The building is very simple and harmonious, which is the guiding aesthetic principle, which is underlined by the rhythms of the window panes at equal intervals. Dominant simple symmetry and harmony are the basic characteristics of the classicist style which, along with some romantic elements, dominates this building.

After the nationalization, the administrative building of the agricultural factory “Trudbenik” was located in the castle. This brought great changes, because the castle turned from a living space into an administrative building. These changes were visible especially in the interior, while the exterior was largely spared. Since 2007, work has been underway to renovate the building, which is now in good condition. However, the castle is not open to visitors.  

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This project was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.