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9. - 11.3. 2023.

Katarina Horvat-Levaj and Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki will hold a presentation entitled Habsburg Emperors, Prince Eugene of Savoy and the Fortress-Towns on the Border between the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire as part of the session The Material Culture of Magnificence in Early Modern Cities sponsored by EAHN (European architectural history network).

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Ivana Haničar Buljan i Ratko Vučetić sudjelovali su u pripremi podloga te u ocjenjivanju pristiglih radova na Natječaju za idejno urbanističko-arhitektonsko rješenje obrambenog prostora osječke Tvrđe.


10.11. 2022.

Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki held a presentation entitled
What does Ukrainian architectural heritage mean to us? Notes from a professional trip to Western Ukraine in 2021



Workshop in Karlovac

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29. - 30.4.2022.

Katarina Horvat-Levaj, Andrej Žmegač, Ratko Vučetić i Ivana Haničar Buljan sudjelovali su s javnim izlaganjima na manifestaciji Noć Tvrđava



27. - 30.4.2022.


Petar Puhmajer, Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki i Dina Stober sudjelovali su na međunarodnom kongresu 5. međunarodni kongres o ruralnom turizmu. Ruralni turizam: kvaliteta, održivost, uključivost, Cavtat, s izlaganjem The Architecture of Winemaking: 18th-Century Wine Cellars on Manorial Estates in Eastern Croatia.

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In memoriam Zlatko Uzelac

23. - 30.8.2021. 
Tour the France

05. - 12.7.2021.

Tour  Ukraina and Poland


10. - 12.6.2021.


Katarina Horvat Levaj and Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki 

participated in the international symposium in Naples “La Città 

Palinsesto/the City as palimpsest”, organised by the Centro 

Interdipartimentale di ricerca sull' iconography della Città europea in the Università degli stud Napoli Federico II from 10 to 12 June 2021.

The lectures titled “Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736) and the Fortress cities on the border between the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire” and “Motifs of Atlas and Hercules on Baroque portals in the Habsburg Monarchy” were prepared as part of the work on project EUGEN.


21. - 22.3.2021.


As part of the activities on the project Ratko Vucetic, Petar Puhmajer

and Ivan Haničar Buljan visited Vinkovci and Osijek Fortress on 

March 21 and 22 and conducted research for the purpose of creating

 scientific work on housing architecture in the Osijek Fortress 

from the 18 th century.




The meeting of the research group Eugen was held at the Institute of Art history, where they participated: Katarina Horvat-Levaj, project manager and Andrej Zmegac, Milan Pelc, Vlasta Zajec, 

Ratko Vucetic, Petar Puhmajer, Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki, 

Zlatko Uzelac and Ivana Haničar Buljan.

13. and  21.1.2021.


The project's associates, Katarina Horvat-Levaj, Ivana Haničar Buljan, Ratko Vučetić, PhD's candidates Iva Vidović and Mihaela Tikvica and photographer Paolo Mofardin, have toured the areas of Banovina – Žažina, Sela kod Siska, Hrvatski Ćuntić, Gora, Petrinja, Sisak, Glina and  Pokupsko. The aim of field visits on 13 and 21 January 2021 was to investigate the border fortresses and sacral architecture and to see the situation found and document the damage to the architectural heritage after the earthquake on 29 December 2020.

23. - 25.9.2020.


Within the framework of the project Zlatko Uzelac conducted archival 

research in the State Archives in Osijek from 23 to 25 September 2020 

for the purpose of preparing and publishing scientific paper.

23.9. and 13.10.2020.


Ratko Vučetić and Ivana Haničar Buljan participated in the workshop on September 23, and, October 13, 2020 on the elaboration of the Strategic Action Plan of the Osijek Fortress, as invited members of the expert group “Architecture and Urban planning”


17. - 18.9.2020.


Andrej Žmegač participated with the presentation “Castle Bilje, Eugen of Savoy and hunting” at the scientific coference  “Baranja through history” held in Osijek on September 17 and 18.

In his presentation he analyzed aspects of such a historical use of thecastle, based on (scarce) written data, and then using the reading of the concept of the building itself. In an argument on the possible 

hunting purpose of the castle, a valid context will provide an 

understanding of the hunting during baroque times as a social event, and then an indication of the corresponding cases of other Eugen 

castles, for example some in Austria and Hungary.




Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki was in Zagreb for the archival research conducted in the State Archives in Zagreb for the purpose of the project.

26. - 31.7.2020.


During her stay in Vienna, Vlasta Zajec investigated the sources available in Fachbereichsbibliothek für Kunstgeschichte. During her stay in the field she documented selected baroque churches and public monuments, with emphasis on the sculptures of St. John of Nepomuk, a sacred monument to the Holy Trinity on Graben and a sculpture in the gardens of the Belvedere castle. The research covered several topics within the framework of the project, with a focus on the specifics of the Habsburg iconography and typology of the public monuments of St. John of Nepomuk  and the monument of the Most Holy Trinity.


8 Nov. 2019


At a scientific conference with international participation in Poreč, the following presentations were held: Andrej Žmegač: Platform for the Cartography of Pannonian Cities, and Ratko Vučetić: Urban Transformation of Varaždin and Osijek in the Sixteenth Century. Zlatko Uzelac also gave a presentation. The scientific meeting was organized to mark the centenary of the birth of the co-founder of the Institute of Art History, Professor Milan Prelog (1919 - 1988), and the topics of the presentation were devoted to city research.


Booklet of Abstract

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6 Nov. 2019


At the public presentation of the project held at the Institute of Art History, the project leader Dr Katarina Horvat-Levaj presented the results in the first year of the project. All the planned results were achieved, from field and archival research, through participation at scientific conferences, to the publication of scientific works (articles and books). The results of the research and an insight into the complete body of the city-fortresses built at the time of Eugene of Savoy indicated the need to broaden the subject from the city-fortresses in Croatia and Vojvodina, as originally planned, to the city-fortresses along the entire former border of the Habsburg Monarchy, which included Serbia, Hungary and Romania. The artistic connections in the design of the cities, fortifications, public, administrative, military and religious architecture, arising from the joint contracting authorities - Eugene of Savoy and the Vienna Court, and retaining the same architects and engineers on mutually distant fortresses, proved to be much stronger than previously assumed. Encouragement for this much more extensive research is also the fact that this topic is relatively poorly researched or almost completely unknown in the other respective countries.



28 Oct. 2019


During his stay in Vienna, Academician Radoslav Tomić identified the palaces in which Prince Eugene of Savoy lived and worked, and in which he amassed his famous collections. The study trip included research in libraries and archives.


7 Oct. 2019


On a tour of the city-fortresses from the time of Eugene of Savoy in Hungary and Romania (Szeged, Arad, Timisoara, Alba Iulia, Oradea, Sibiu), all the members of the research group were acquainted with the topics they would cover. Particular attention was paid to Timisoara and Alba Iulia, as the most important fortresses in the area and important comparative examples for the city-fortresses in Croatia. Photographic recording and architectural mapping were performed.


2 Sept. 2019


Katarina Horvat-Levaj and Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki visited Budapest for research at the Scientific Library and the State Archives. The subject of research was architects and builders engaged in the construction of the Palace of the Slavonian General Command in Osijek. The research results were incorporated in the scientific monograph they authored, Palace of the Slavonian General Command in Tvrđa in Osijek, published by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.


29 Aug. 2019


The Suburbium Association from Novi Sad, within the framework of the Central European Initiative (CEI), organized the international conference Fortress of Tomorrow in Petrovaradin. The main lecturer and moderator was Zlatko Uzelac. Ratko Vučetić and Ivana Haničar Buljan gave a lecture entitled Tvrđa - Fortress in Osijek: The problems of Revitalization. Other lectures were also about the revitalization of city-fortresses in Europe and were delivered by experts from Romania, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Italy and Serbia. The discussion and conclusions of the conference will certainly contribute to the further exploration, valorisation and reconstruction of the city-fortresses in Europe




1-9 Aug. 2019


Andrej Zmegač, Zlatko Uzelac, Katarina Horvat-Levaj and Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki conducted archival research in the State Archives in Croatia. In cooperation with foreign archivists, documentation from the National Archives in Vienna was studied. New material was found on military engineers and architects engaged on the forts, as well as new plans and projects.

Monografija -Barokna sakralna arhitektur

5 July 2019


Within the framework of the Osijek Summer, the scientific monograph by Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki, Baroque Religious Architecture in the Osijek-Đakovo Archdiocese was promoted, published by the ArTresor Publishing House and the Institute of Art History


4 June 2019


On a tour of the city-fortresses from the time of Eugene of Savoy in Serbia (Petrovaradin, Belgrade, Pančevo), all the members of the research group were acquainted with the topics they would be covering. Contacts were made with the project consultant Dubravka Djukanović in Novi Sad. Photographic recording and architectural mapping were performed.


2 June 2019


Milan Pelc went on a study visit to Vienna to explore the iconography of Prince Eugene of Savoy, especially in the context of his war conquests and the construction of new military architecture. He gave a lecture on this at the final presentation of the project.



19 Marc 2019


At the joint field research in Slavonia, all the members of the research group were acquainted with the key city-fortresses from the time of Eugene of Savoy in Croatia: Stara Gradiška, Slavonski Brod and Osijek. Investigations were also carried out in the fortified manor of Eugene of Savoy in Bilje, and in the family seat of the commander of the Osijek fortress Maximilian Petrasch in Cernik. Photographic recording and architectural mapping were performed.


1 Marc 2019


At the first joint field research of all the members of the research group, Karlovac was surveyed as a prototype of the planned Renaissance city-fortress, to which the Baroque city-fortress of Novi Karlovac (Orlica) was to have been added at the time of Eugene of Savoy. The remains of the unfinished fortress were photographed by drone.


19 Feb. 2019


At the initial meeting of all the members of the project research group, held at the Institute of Art History, the details of the work plan were agreed on. Particular focus was placed on joint field surveys of city-fortresses from the time of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736), which formed the border of the Habsburg Monarchy to the Ottoman Empire, and which are today on the territories of Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Romania. A plan for archival research, architectural surveying and photographic recording was also adopted.

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