Avala

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 πŸ˜› 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 πŸ™‚

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 Ε½rnov was placed there – it was excellent for observing toward Ε umadija 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 MiloΕ‘ ObrenoviΔ‡ 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 Ε½rnov/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 πŸ˜€ I could tell she was hungry but a chocolate was not on the top of her wishes πŸ˜†

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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38 Responses to Avala

  1. OkayPJs says:

    You and your stupid beautiful country and trees πŸ˜₯ can I come live with you? πŸ˜€ . Ze, you may want to spell "walk" with an L… πŸ˜† πŸ˜€

  2. Zaphira says:

    πŸ˜† @ The Wank… :lol:Interesting walk you had there, and an absolutely adorable kitty! :love: Please go back, pick her up, and send her to me. I'll feed her! :happy:It's nice to be in good shape, eh? Being able to walk to the top that way, I mean. :up:

  3. zetorres says:

    What a fantastic day, wank,place and amazing photos! :up: Congratulations my friend Darco! :):)

  4. gdare says:

    Ze – thank you; I have seen someone commenting in my photo album, I will go check it now :)Carol – thanks; how are you doing?Isabel – πŸ˜€ she was so adorable; even when she caught that lizard :insane:

  5. Dacotah says:

    WOW, amazing photos. Great post Darko. πŸ™‚

  6. wickedlizard says:

    loved the photos and what a sweet kitty… :happy:

  7. Furie says:

    Who says he meant walk? :left:.I'll rule the world from that tower on the mountain. πŸ˜€

  8. gdare says:

    PJ – you are welcome here πŸ˜€ I didn`t noticed Ze wrote "wank"… :doh:Mik – πŸ˜† Where is your tower built?Carol – I have spent another day off. We don`t have a lot of job recently so I am just trying to relax as much as possible. Also a trip to Japan is waiting for me :DZaphira – I think it will be hard to find her again, but maybe a people from a hotel are feeding her πŸ™‚ Since I was a kid I spent a most of my summers in mountains in Croatia, where my late grandmother lived. I love mountains :love:

  9. Dacotah says:

    You are welcome Darko.About the same, still waiting on my apartment. Sore, tired and bruised. How are you doing?

  10. rose-marie says:

    Very interesting history, and – as always – great pics! Looks like a very nice place to spend a day at :yes:

  11. gdare says:

    Mik – a little bit off the rest of the world :left:Rose – thank you πŸ™‚ I know Norway has beautiful mountains and fyords, maybe you could go somewhere and make a post :whistle: I would like to see it πŸ˜€

  12. wickedlizard says:

    πŸ˜₯ the poor little lizard!

  13. Dacotah says:

    That sounds good, a trip to Japan. Hope you take lots of photos for us. πŸ™‚

  14. wickedlizard says:

    Wank? πŸ˜† If ZΓ© only knew what that meant… :whistle: πŸ˜†

  15. rose-marie says:

    I could do that… Or I could do it the lazy way and find some pictures I've already taken :p.(Otherwise, there's my Norwegian nature photo album. And that reminds me that I probably should update it soon…)

  16. Furie says:

    I'm having mine built in Alaska. :happy:

  17. beavidal says:

    wow, you had a cool day!!! great! thank you for the history information! πŸ˜‰

  18. ellinidata says:

    what a great day you ended up having Darko,I am sure you slept early last night! :lol:I love the pictures,I am also smiling with the "beast" that was so puuuuuuuuuuuuerfect!I see that you avoided to drink from the spring water, wise choice πŸ™‚ we have similar in the town my dad leaves and despite that people travel a great distance to get the spring water, I do hear that many animals do drink or even die by the small streams that lead to the faucet….the change in the colors since your "park pictures" are astounding!In New York we still have green trees ,moderate color leaf change took place only but, now days a sweater in the afternoon it is a must.we still have all our windows open (at least I do πŸ™‚ ).Do you need to heat your house in the evening or not yet??thanks for sharing!the historical information it is the best part!!!XXA

  19. gdare says:

    Rose – well, I knew you will say that πŸ˜€ but you know you want to go there, you know it… *watching with hypnotising look at Rose`s eyes* :PCarol – you know I will :)Isabel – don`t cry there were a lot of them, catching warmth :DAngeliki – our heating season started in October 1st, about two weeks earlier; it is cold in the morning and evening, but during the day, if there is no rain, it is warm… but not for a t-shirt :left: thank youBea – thank you, it was a nice day indeed :DMit – thank you for reading it πŸ™‚

  20. ellinidata says:

    thank you Darko,as you can see from my newspaper long comments I really enjoy your posts a great deal! πŸ™‚

  21. thaodp says:

    Thank for perfect tour, Darko.

  22. rose-marie says:

    *looks at Darko with mirror glasses* 😎

  23. gdare says:

    Angeliki – don`t worry, I read all comments, no matter how long :)Rose – :eyes:

  24. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you Darko for taking me on this walk. And, yes, I probably would have had to rest at a few spots on the way up…..unless I took my time, then I'd be ok. The scenery is beautiful and the history lesson very interesting. The kitty looks pretty healthy so someone is probably feeding it…. or it catches lots of lizards.:p

  25. gdare says:

    Pam – thanks; a kitty had so smooth and soft fur so I know she`s been caressed, that is for sure; also, she was not skinny at all; I think there is some connection with that hotel there πŸ˜€

  26. Dacotah says:

    πŸ™‚

  27. ricewood says:

    Thanks for the guided tour. I enjoyed it immensely :happy:

  28. gdare says:

    Thank you Allan. I hope this was as good as your posts about areas and cities in Denmark πŸ™‚

  29. SittingFox says:

    I really enjoyed this post! πŸ™‚ That mountain looks like a place I'd where I'd spend a lot of time if I lived in your part of the world! The cat is very cute (I love her paws!) and I think that was a good call on not drinking that water πŸ˜‰

  30. edwardpiercy says:

    Thanks for the tour, Darko. :up: :up:I like the style of that monument. And the mountain itself reminds me of Mt. Spokane here. I'm glad you didn't have any problems with that tiger kitten. I would bet you didn't even have your whip and chair with you.

  31. gdare says:

    You`re welcome Ed.And with that kitten, my hands were all the whip and chair that I needed to keep her amused, she was so happy. So was I :happy:

  32. gdare says:

    πŸ˜€

  33. solidcopper says:

    You must have got new glasses. πŸ˜†

  34. gdare says:

    Thanks dudette πŸ˜€

  35. solidcopper says:

    Nice pics, dude.

  36. solidcopper says:

    Didn't think you could spell dudette. πŸ˜†

  37. MirabelaTM says:

    I really enjoyed the post. Wow it took you only 20mins to climb up πŸ™‚

  38. gdare says:

    I used shortage to got there, but it is narrow :left:I have long legs πŸ˜€

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