Belgrade part II

Knez Mihajlova ulica
Knez Mihajlova street is the pedestrian street in center of Belgrade. A brief history of this street in Wikipedia:
"It is thought that in as early as the Roman times there was the center of the Singidunum (the Roman name for Belgrade) settlement. In this area, at the time of Turks, there were winding streets with gardens, drinking-fountains and mosques. In the middle XIX century, in the upper part of the street was the garden of Knez Aleksandar Karađorđević. After the making of the regulation plan of Belgrade in 1867, by Emilijan Josimović, the street has soon been built and gained its physionomy and content. The houses have been built there and the most influential and wealthiest families of the commercial and political society of Belgrade have come to live there. In 1870, the city authorities officially gave a name to this street – Ulica Kneza Mihaila"
Today, Knez Mihajlova is some kind of social and cultural center of a city. Everyday there can be found a lot of people shopping, walking or sitting in pubs or restaurants. Big crowd, especially during spring and summertime.


There are a few musicians, singing and playing their instruments. Some of them spent almost whole their life here, like this one:

I think he is there for last 15 years at least, playing his own songs. Other plays something usual, like jazz, blues, country, even classical music (sorry I haven`t found any one of them except this saxophone player :))

At one end of the street is Kalemegdan park and fortress and on the other is:

Palata Albanija
Before 1940. in the corner of Knez Mihajlova street there was famous restaurant "Albanija" and this building, the biggest and most domineering before WWII, held the name of its ancestor. It survived many bombings during the WWII, even the british and american one in 1944. when it was hit with 500kg bomb. On the October 20, 1944 red flag on Palace Albania declared that Belgrade was liberated by Yugoslav Partisan forces and the Russian Red Army. In architecture, it represents modernism.

Skupština Srbije
Building of national parliament, before July 23rd, 2006. was the house of Parliament of Yugoslavia and later of Serbia and Crna gora. The building started in 1907, but during WWI the main architect, Jovan Ilkić, died in prison and all projects were lost. After war, his son has made new project and the building was finished in 1936. During WWII, there was German military headquarters for southeast region so the building was spared from the destroying.

Crkva Svetog Marka

St. Marko Church was built in Tašmajdan (part of Belgrade) during 1931 – 1940. at the place where the old church from 1835 was. At the south part is a sarcophagus with the remains of Czar Dušan (1308-1355), brought here from his endowment, the monastery of St. Michael the Archangel near Prizren. One of the most valuable collections of Serbian XVIII and XIX-century icons is kept in this church.

Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra
Probably the longest street in Belgrade. Begins in the nearby of House of Parliament and ends in Mali Mokri Lug. During XVIII century this street was known as Carigradski drum (Road to Carigrad, Istanbul). Later, the street was know as Sokače kod Zlatnog topa (Zlatni top – Golden cannon, a nearby restaurant), Markova ulica and during XIX century it was named Fišeklija after small wooden barracks where the gunpowder were sold. At the end of the XIX century it was named after King Aleksandar Obrenović. During communist era in Yugoslavia the name was changed to Bulevar Revolucije but about 10 years ago the name was returned to Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra.
When I was young, we use to go there to buy clothes because it was not expensive but has a certain quality – my family was in the workers middle class, and with two kids they couldn`t afford anything better. But it was OK 🙂

This one was bigger, I think next post, Belgrade part III will be much shorter 🙂

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25 Responses to Belgrade part II

  1. gdare says:

    I did it in wednesday, just before my training. I am glad you liked it :love:

  2. attilasoul says:

    Very interesting post with a lot of facts. I like that! :up:I love the photo of the Crkva Svetog Marka. It's beautiful! :love:

  3. Words says:

    Yes the Crkva Svetog Marka is beautiful, and the lighting perfect. The Palata Albanija is an interesting looking building, so thanks for the reference to modernism. It's a shame that there are so many wires overhead because I'm sure the architect wanted to create a really clean line. But I guess that's progress!Nice photo of the saxophonist. I like the movement behind him.

  4. gdare says:

    @Words – thanks, I took a pictures usually in the late afternoon, when returning from job, so there was a poor light and not much time to do it. And my Canon is in the middle compact class, nothing expensive, so I am very satisfied with what I accomplished 🙂

  5. SittingFox says:

    Beautiful church and thanks for all the information you've packed into this post! Really enjoying this series :up:

  6. gdare says:

    Thanks, Adele 🙂

  7. nopanic says:

    Beautiful beautiful architecture…no doubt that you love the city:up: That´s great. And the musicians in the street and all…so great:)

  8. gdare says:

    Thank you, I thought you would like it :)But you know, I am thinking of making a post about the negative side of the city and life in the city…

  9. nopanic says:

    I know what you mean Darko…you could kind of mix it..good and bad…..in order to give us the whole span of this exiting urban monster:happy:

  10. attilasoul says:

    Yay! I would love to read such a post as well! :up:

  11. nopanic says:

    me too!:)

  12. gdare says:

    Okie dokie 🙂

  13. attilasoul says:

    :yes:

  14. nopanic says:

    :yes: ECCO :left:

  15. wickedlizard says:

    cool! A virtual walk through your country… 😎 camera around the neck… sunglasses…. staring in awe! (typical virtual tourist) :p

  16. wickedlizard says:

    cool! How about some art??? 😀

  17. gdare says:

    Thanks. Tell me what you would like to see, maybe I could make some more virtual rooms opened for you 😀

  18. nopanic says:

    Good idea!:up:

  19. gdare says:

    :happy:

  20. ellinidata says:

    🙂

  21. ellinidata says:

    Fantastic!!!Belgrade is lovely. The buildings the streets and even the faces of the people remind me of home.I grew up in an area where Christians and Muslim are blend together. Despite of the religious rules in our schools I learned to respect other faiths. Last night I did celebrate Seder (my mom was raised by Jewish) and it gives me a great satisfaction to see here both faiths mentioned.Great post Darcothanks!! :heart:

  22. MirabelaTM says:

    I liked post and how you showed Belgrade :up: Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra is the one of my favourite place in Bg.

  23. gdare says:

    Thank you. Even though I live in Zemun, and you know how much we love our city 😀 I wanted to write about Belgrade and its history 🙂

  24. MirabelaTM says:

    Belgrade :yes: I think it was a good idea to write about it 🙂 I was a few times in Zemun but didn't have time to walk around, it's good we can see pictures of Zemun from your blog 🙂

  25. gdare says:

    Thank you.

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