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DISCOVER BELGRADE

 

 

 

The heart of Old town, in the ancient and early medieval time known as Singidunum, Knez Mihailova Street, leading from central street Terazije up to the Kalemegdan Park and old Belgrade Citadel, together with around smaller streets, consists the city’s main pedestrian zone lined with shops, cafes and galleries. Half of day, at list, everyone could spend splendid time on this place.

Down a gentle slope from Knez Mihailova Street towards the Sava River through the beautiful historical quarter of Kosančićev venac is the oldest section of Belgrade outside Kalemegdan is also the site of the classicist Orthodox Cathedral. Where there’s a church, a kafana can’t be far away, so right next door you’ll find “?”, the city’s oldest traditional tavern. The cobblestone streets of Kosančićev venac are home to the University of Arts – as well as the Museum of Applied Arts with frequent themed exhibitions.

 

Two central squares definitely gave striking note to Belgrade. The Republic Square is older one, originated in 1886 near of the place where once stayed city Stambol (Istanbul) Gate. The monument of prince Mihailo, represented by Italian sculptor Enrico Pazzi, as horseman, stay in one part of the square surrounded with two most important for Serbian culture buildings: National Theater and National Museum. Building of theater is almost the same age as the square and museum building is newer, even National Museum was founded much earlier.

From another end of the square lead a short street to the other, the biggest in Belgrade, Nicola’s Pašić Square. There is representative building of Serbian Parliament, former Parliament of Yugoslavia, hereby it was constructed and opened 1936. Through the square, on the other side is nice park with royal palaces; today in older one is City Hall an in the other is The Serbian President’s Office.

 

Fortress with Kalemegdan Park is excellent place to find out more about Belgrade long history, as well about Serbian culture. In Kalemegdan Park are plenty of works by Serbian sculptors, also busts of well-known Serbian cultural representatives in the period from XVIII century up to nowadays.

Crossroad from the West to the East and from the Nord to the South, during 2000 years left the marks on fortress walls and bastions, from many different owners of the city.

Amazing is that a part of citadel is occupied by zoo, known in the world with a lot of albino animals, symbolizing the name of city.

 

Vračar plateau is a desirable, expensive nest of Belgrade’s middle class. From the central Slavia roundabout with its hilarious musical fountain, it’s a short climb to the imposing Saint Sava Temple, a monumental Orthodox church in construction since 1935. Just next door is the National Library, from where you can have a visit to the bustling green market Kalenić to get fresh fruits for dessert. The nearby Nikola Tesla Museum, dedicated to the great Serbian-American scientist, is also a don’t-miss sight in Vračar.

 

Belgrade has a lot of other different and enough attractive sights as: Zemun, part of the city developed more under Austro-Hungarian influence; the quite new part of the city, New Belgrade, with modern architecture from Second World War up to nowadays; historical park Topčider, and many others.

Expositions of plenty museums also should be god to visit. Beside of already mentioned there are: very popular Museum of Yugoslavia with Tito’s mausoleum, Museum of modern art, Museum of Serbian Orthodox church, Museum of ethnography, Museum of applied art,…