The Fortress of Slavonski Brod is a first-class monument of 18th century baroque period architecture and occupies a prominent place in the European history of fortifications from the period.
In its appearance it is reminiscent of Diocletian’s palace in Split, but differs from it, however, in the method of its construction, as the Split palace is made of stone, while the Fortress in Slavonski Brod is made of earth and bricks. With deep water-filled and geometrically shaped moats it, in a somewhat dramatic way, symbolises the specific identity of Slavonia and its turbulent history.
The Fortress was meticulously renovated in the past decade and the building that once housed the Slavonia military barracks is now home to the Classical Gymnasium. The bastions of St. Michael (Sv. Mihovil) and St. Eugene (Sv. Eugen) have also been painstakingly renovated.
The building of the Officer’s Pavilion has been reconstructed and serves as the seat of the municipal administration, while the Kavalir in the western section, the largest building of its kind ever built in European fortification architecture, houses the building of the Ružić Gallery.
It currently contains over 400 works of art from the valuable collection of Academy-educated sculptor and painter Branko Ružić, a native of Slavonski Brod, and also houses works by other eminent Croatian artists.