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.