Belgrade part I

Long time ago I have promised to make a post about Belgrade. Because I write this mostly for you, people, who has never been here, I will try to show some of the most significant parts. Also, for a people who has been here before, it will be an opportunity to remind themselves of, hopefully, good time they spent here. For me – another occasion to practice my english 😆

The very center of Belgrade. A big square with the Terazijska česma near the Hotel Moskva. It is a fountain, but exactly at the same place, there was old turkish water tower. Water was measured there and transported to the other parts of the city (terazije means scales). Old water tower was removed in 1860 and at the same place, in respect of great duke Miloš Obrenović, this fountain were built. It was replaced to Topčider (part of Belgrade) during square reconstruction in 1911 and moved back in 1976.
The square was built during 19th century when Serbian duke Miloš Obrenović oredered the craftsmen to built their houses and workshops in this place. Later, the most famous hotels, restaurants and shops were built there.

Monument to Knez Mihajlo Obrenović
In one of the center squares of Belgrade, Trg Republike, there is a monument to duke Mihajlo Obrenović III. The monument was built after he made an agreement with last Turkish military ruler of Belgrade in 1867. By that agreement, Turkish army left Serbia and keys of the city were given to Serbian ruler. After the agreement was announced, duke entered the city riding a horse and after him a small unit of Serbian infantry, which replaced Turkish soldiers. There are names of the Serbian cities on both sides of the monument (Beograd, Smederevo, Kladovo, Šabac, Užice and Soko), on the rear side there is Serbian coat of arms and at the front side: To Duke Mihailo M. Obrenović III. Grateful Serbia.
Today this is a popular place, especially among the younger people – a famous meeting place 😉

Društvo za ulepšavanje Vračara
As an addition. This house was built in one of the central city avenues in 1902, in the corner of Srpskih vladara and Njegoševa street, across the Student Culture Center (SKC). This was a building of Društvo za ulepšavanje Vračara (Embellishing of Vračar Society, Vračar is a part of Belgrade), built by famous Serbian architect Milan Antonović. This is an example of the secession and it is a miracle this building was saved without major changes.

More photographs here.

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54 Responses to Belgrade part I

  1. SittingFox says:

    Thanks for the tour and interesting history lesson! 🙂 That's a very grand statue of the horse and duke :up:

  2. gdare says:

    @adele – thanks! but when I was young we called the monument "kod konja" – at the horse, when we wanted to meet someone here; my first date was there :)@danii – yes, I`ve made them two days ago; and I will do some more but I am waiting for weather to change, it is cloudy and raining now :(and I am doing fine, thanks for asking :up:

  3. dannii says:

    Nice pics! :up: Yours?I like the story plot as well. :)How are you doing today Darko?

  4. SqueakeyCat says:

    a very grande statue indeed, too bad ppl had to mar it with their grafiti…much enjoyed the history lesson and tour…ty

  5. gdare says:

    You`re welcome Kim 🙂

  6. Words says:

    Interesting post. There's some lovely detail on the windows in the final photo. 🙂

  7. attilasoul says:

    It's great to learn a little history when you visit a new city. I know way to little history, but this is a way to get to know just a little more!Thank you so much for the guided tour around Belgrade. I'm looking forward to the next one. :happy:

  8. gdare says:

    @words – this is a tree with apples, I think; today I will go there on way back from work, and take a closer look; I couldn`t find any precise data on Internet;@attila – thanks :heart:

  9. nopanic says:

    What a beautiful city. It´s floating with history as so many European cities. It has been through a lot and survived a lot.

  10. gdare says:

    Yes. There si saying that every 50 years or so, we have a war in Balkan. Cities are not saved from destruction, but most important thing is to rebuild them after. Unfortunately, a lot of things are lost forever.

  11. nopanic says:

    In Copenhagen we have an enourmes archive of building drawings of olmost every house in the entire city. So if anything happens to the´s possible to rebuild. Many larger cities in Europe have that:)

  12. gdare says:

    During the WWII our national library was burnt to the gound in bombing of April 6th, 1941. A lot of national treasury has been lost forever. 😦

  13. nopanic says:

    Too bad. 😦 Today everything is in fire proof boxes under the ground in our Royal library

  14. SqueakeyCat says:

    ss to hear that gdare

  15. wickedlizard says:

    nice photos!

  16. gdare says:

    Thanks again 😀

  17. wickedlizard says:


  18. SqueakeyCat says:

    NIC…thats one hell of a library…i never seen one so big…even the ones i grew up around r not that big…the ones here where i live now, only have one floor…and SMALL buildings

  19. nopanic says:

    Yes Kim isn´t it. It´s a national pride. Copenhagen is a very old city and many citizens didn´t like the idea of building a thing that modern in the middle of the old city. But when it was finished..most people really liked the look of it.The proud copenhageners call it The Black Diamond:)

  20. attilasoul says:

    (And some of us think it's darn ugly!) 😆

  21. nopanic says:

    :eyes: You really think that Tilla?

  22. gdare says:

    Nice name, though. Black Diamond :up:

  23. gdare says:

    Why don`t you make a photograph of it? I would like to see :yes:

  24. nopanic says:

    Yes isn´t it. Maybe it´s just me. Got a special relation to that building. Saw it being built. It´s only a stone throw from my work:)The black blank granite on its walls reflects everything in its surroundings…thats really beautiful.And it contains one of the best caffees in Copenhagen…i think

  25. gdare says:

    Thanks. It really look strange, though.

  26. nopanic says:

    Yes something different:D

  27. attilasoul says:

    Yes, really, Nic. I think the only fine thing about that building is the name. I would still like to go in there some day, and I still call myself a proud copenhagener! 😀

  28. nopanic says:

    You should Kitten. The inside is very special too:D

  29. attilasoul says:

    I surely hope it's prettier on the inside than on the outside :DSo… can I just walk in there? Just like that? :left:

  30. nopanic says:

    Sure…there´s a good cafe in there…go there often. And there´s a great bookstore too…well I´m a little bit of an architecture freak…very broad minded about the expressions of buildings..old or modern:)

  31. attilasoul says:

    Ah, I might see you there, then! 😀

  32. gdare says:

    Black diamond and would like to have a glass of beer with Nic there 😀

  33. attilasoul says:

    You want to see the black diamond or Nic? 😀

  34. gdare says:

    I want to see it also 😀

  35. nopanic says:

    Err…Darko. If we´re talking beer we should go to Palæ Bar here…it´s like the Optimist at your area 😀

  36. gdare says:

    Ok,then, we can dring coffe there and beer in Palae bar :up:

  37. nopanic says:

    Yes:up:They are not that far apart:D…we´ll walk from the ugly building to the beautiful bar:lol:

  38. nopanic says:

    Sure Darko…bad architecture seems to cause her pain..GOD she´s sensitive..she can come:up:

  39. attilasoul says:

    Ahhh, that's better. I wouldn't want to be lost in a place like that! :eyes::)

  40. attilasoul says:

    *Feeling all left alone in the ugly library* :awww:

  41. gdare says:

    That`s a deal, then :up:

  42. gdare says:

    :no:You are going with us. Right, Nic?

  43. SqueakeyCat says:

    that is a beautiful building…can u take pictures of the inside???

  44. SqueakeyCat says:

    would love to c the inside of it…the outside is beautiful, but would love to c the inside as well…like i said, we have chit for a library…ne book that i need for some of my classes, i actually have to get from libraries out of our library system

  45. gdare says:

    Well, I could try. I think there is a restaurant on top of it.

  46. Rea's Community says:

    nice to see the old buildings….nice place ! :p

  47. Rea's Community says:

    u are welcome ….:)

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