Avala is a mountain located about 16km south-east of Belgrade. Even though I was talking about Avala as a bigger hill, I have found an interesting information – everything higher than 500m is considered a mountain, so these 11m puts it among mountains 😛 It can be seen from my window, about 25km away.
Yesterday I took a day off from my job and wanted to get out of a city. I needed to change three busses to get there – bus lines connect Belgrade with villages placed all around mountain and one of the bus stops is right on the bottom of it. After that, you have two choices – either to walk up to top using short but sometimes steep path or to walk about 4 times longer asphalt road. I took a first one.
Path is not usual for a mountain, it is made of concrete and partially of asphalt, and there are a lot of benches so, if you are not in a good physical condition, you can just take your time 🙂
At the very beginning there is a spring Savinac – people say the water is regularly checked and usually drinkable. I have seen few of the locals walking off with canisters but I decided not to drink it. Don`t know why :left:
After about 20 minutes I was on top of it. I hurried to the very top of mountain, to a monument. In middle ages town of Žrnov was placed there – it was excellent for observing toward Šumadija to the south and Panonia to the north. In 1442. town was conquered by Otoman Turks, they destroyed it completely and made their own fortress, giving it name Avala, which was Arabic word for obstacle, shelter. In 1859. Prince Miloš Obrenović proclaimed Avala and its surrounding as "sight of the exquisite values" and ordered it to be protected. Luckily, this remained until now. The remains of Žrnov/Avala were removed and the Monument to Unknown Hero was built there in 1936. After WWI, a people from local villages has found a lot of graves of soldiers died during war operations, among them one grave of unknown soldier. They built a modest monument to that (and probably all the other unknown) soldier in 1922. but present monument replaced it. Even though it was dedicated to (Serbian) soldiers died in Balkan and First World War, government and foreign representatives puts a flowers there on any significant dates in our far or recent history. During WWII monument suffered few damages after shelling.
In 1965. a big TV and telecommunication tower was built in north east part of the mountain. People from Belgrade were emotionally connected to it, because it could be seen from whichever direction you approach city and when you see it, you know you are at home :happy:
During NATO air campaign in 1999. tower was destroyed and Avala somehow lost its significance. But in 2001. Avala tower fan association was founded and they started to collect donations and now a new tower is on its way. I made a few photos of it but I will post them when tower is going to be opened. For now, I borrowed a photo of the old tower from Wikipedia.
In 1932. Ministry of water supply and forests made its building, about 100m from Monument to Unknown Hero, but after WWII it was turned to a hotel. Nothing special though – lack of money during 90s changed it to some kind of night stand but I like the architecture and the style of it.
I have herd some stories about wildlife there, but only wild animal I met was this
roaring purring and cuddly tiger kitten, running toward me the moment she spotted me sitting there 😀 I could tell she was hungry but a chocolate was not on the top of her wishes 😆
On my way back, I choosed longer, asphalt road through a wood. By the colours, you can tell it is autumn.
Down, there is a park, a wonderful place to sit for a while, breathing fresh air, enjoying the view and resting tired legs :happy:
It was a long and nice day. I hope you enjoyed this tour even while sitting in a chair in front of computer. All of these and some more photographs you can find here.
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