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.
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.
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.
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...