The Roman Well, Kalemegdan, Belgrade
- a mystic place associated with numerous urban legends.
The well was built during the baroque Austrian reconstruction of the Fortress, in the period between 1717 until 1731, when it was named “The Big Well”. The name “Roman Well”, first mentioned in the nineteenth century, came as a result of folk tradition according to which most of the structures of forgotten origin were linked to Romans.
The well is 60 meters deep, and a double spiral staircase leads down to the water level (35 meters).
The place itself is very spooky, particularly because of the tales of prisoners being thrown down the hole during the uncivilized times throughout the Belgrade history. The latest being the case from 1954, of a madman who killed his wife and threw her body in the well.
Legendary motion picture director Alfred Hitchcock was delighted when he was here. Unfortunately today it’s closed.