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Belgrade

Stories and Photos from my travels to the capital city of Serbia

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Year Visited: 2018 – August

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After ten days in Bulgaria, my son and I took a bus to Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia, to continue our backpacking journey through the Central and Eastern European countries.

Belgrade, meaning ‘White City’, the capital and largest city of Serbia, is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Home to a quarter of the total population of Serbia.

History of Belgrade goes back to 6th millennium BC, one of the most important prehistoric cultures of Europe, the Vinča culture, evolved within the Belgrade area. In antiquity, Thraco-Dacians inhabited the region and, after 279 BC, Celts settled the city. It was conquered by the Romans in the mid-2nd century. It was settled by the Slavs in the 520s, and changed hands several times between the Byzantine Empire, the Frankish Empire, the Bulgarian Empire, and the Kingdom of Hungary before it became the seat of the Serbian king Stefan Dragutin in 1284. In 1521, Belgrade was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, it frequently passed from Ottoman to Habsburg rule, which saw the destruction of most of the city during the Austro-Ottoman wars. Belgrade was again named the capital of Serbia in 1841. Northern Belgrade remained the southernmost Habsburg post until 1918, when it became part of the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes after World War I. In a fatally strategic position, the city has been battled over in 115 wars and razed 44 times. Belgrade was the capital of Yugoslavia from its creation in 1918 to its dissolution in 2006.

Today, the city is vibrant and buzzing and evolving on every corner. It is still a city in the making, you will encounter new and old, worn out and polished, chaotic and streamlined. Photos below are from our few days stay in this capital city.

Welcome to Belgrade! Welcome to the White City! A beautiful Manhole Cover with City’s Coat of Arms.

Kalemegdan – Belgrade Fortress, is the most important historical site in Belgrade. Original fortification was built in the 2nd century by the Romans on a white ridge above the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers. Destroyed and rebuilt numerous times over and over for 16 centuries, the fortress has become the symbol of the city that keeps raising and growing. Armies, people and conquerors have left their mark, hence the historical layers that were left by Romans, Serbs, Turks, Austro-Hungarians lying one beneath another.

Zindan Gate of Belgrade Fortress. This semicircular fortification was built in the middle of the fifteenth century, in front of the Despot Gate. Since the 18th century, the Ottomans used towers’ basement as dungeon, a zindan, hence the name of the gate.
Zindan Gate of Belgrade Fortress.
Zindan Gate of Belgrade Fortress built in the middle of the fifteenth century, a view from the Leopold’s Gate. the outermost northeastern upper town gate built during late seventeenth century.
Pobednik, ‘The Victor’, a monument in the Upper Town of the Belgrade Fortress, erected in 1928 to commemorate the Kingdom of Serbia’s war victories over the Ottoman Empire (First Balkan War) and Austria-Hungary (World War I). The statue was originally supposed to be placed on the main square, but ended up at the Belgrade Fortress after people complained about its nudity.
Jaksik Tower, the octagonal defensive tower was built in the period between the eleventh and fifteenth century.
The Clock Tower (Sahat Kula) of Belgrade Fortress built in 1740 by Austrian and Hungarian Army.
Watch tower of the Belgrade Fortress.
Watch tower of the Belgrade Fortress.
One of the gate of the lower town of the Belgrade Fortress.
Kalemegdan Park, the largest park and the most important historical monument in Belgrade. Belgrade fortress is within this large park.
He supposed to provide direction in Kalemegdan Park, but looks confused.
One of the gate of outer wall of the upper town, Belgrade Fortress.
The Sava River out side one of the gate of the upper town, Belgrade Fortress.
Sunset over the Sava River, a view from the Belgrade Fortress.
Raul capturing beautiful sunset from the Belgrade Fortress.
Sunset over Belgrade from the citadel
The Belgrade fortress is the most popular place for viewing Sunset.
Early Nineteenth century buildings on Kneza Sime Markovića street of old town.
Saborna Crkva, the Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel, a Serbian Orthodox cathedral church in the old part of Belgrade, originally built between 1837 and 1840, on the location of an older church.
Sveti Sava is the Balkans’ biggest (and the world’s second biggest) Orthodox church. The church is built on the site where the Turks apparently burnt relics of St Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox church. The greatest achievement of the building was lifting in place of the 4,000 ton central dome, the placement of the dome took forty days.
Saint Lazar Church – The Altar, in a very impressive crypt of the Saint Sava Church.
Direction arrow sign of European cities and the Moon on Skadarska Street in Skadarlija in Belgrade,
Skadarlija, a vintage street, located in the Stari Grad (Old Town), the main bohemian quarter of Belgrade. The Street gets really busy after dark.
Zaječarsko, brewed since 1875, the most loved beer in Serbia. Raul decided to enjoy local home-made lemonade.
With Raul at Zindan Gate of Belgrade Fortress.

After few days in the capital city, we took a bus to Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina, the northern Autonomous Province of Serbia, and the second largest city in Serbia.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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