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Exploring Belgrade

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An October 2005 trip to Belgrade by LenR

Damaged buildings from the NATO bombing Photo, Belgrade, Serbia More Photos
Quote: Although it is not the most attractive city in Europe, Belgrade has a number of attractions that make a visit worthwhile. Here are some.

Exploring Belgrade

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Overview

Damaged buildings from the NATO bombing Photo, Belgrade, Serbia
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Belgrade received bad press for almost 10 years during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia but now visitors are arriving to enjoy the unexpected pleasures of this unusual city. Despite this, Belgrade is a problem to me. It doesn’t have the romance of Prague, the grandeur of Budapest or the fascination of Istanbul. What it does have is pieces of each of these cities and the mix makes an interesting place to visit.A tourist guide told me that Belgrade is the most destroyed city in the world. I don’t know if such a claim is true but Belgrade has been destroyed at least 40 years in its 2300-year history. Understandably, there is little left which is more than a few centuries old.The city ...Read More

Belgrade Fortress

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Attraction | "Kalemegdan and Belgrade Fortress."

Belgrade Fortress Photo,
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The Romans built on this site 2000 years ago but most of what you see today is from the 17th century. It is well worth a visit.Belgrade Fortress is the historical nucleus of Belgrade, around which the civilian settlement grew up, starting from the time of Singidunum in the Celtic and Roman periods. Numerous remains of the Roman fortification have been uncovered in recent times. While the IV Flavian legion was stationed here, the first fort constructed of square hewn stones was erected in what is now called the Upper Fortress. Parts of the original Roman walls are still visible near the Zindan gate, incorporated in the lower part of the north-west wall of the Upper Fortress, together with remai...Read More

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Belgrade Fortress
Knez Mihailova and Uzun Mirkova streets
Belgrade, Serbia

Old Belgrade Sights & Attractions

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Attraction | "Old Belgrade"

Old Belgrade Sights & Attractions Photo, Belgrade, Serbia
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The oldest parts of Belgrade are in the immediate vicinity of Kalemegdan.Kosancicev venac is located on the plateau overlooking the Sava River just below the fortress and it was here that a Serbian settlement took shape in medieval times. This gradually evolved into a community with a church and a cemetery. At the beginning of the 19th century, this area became the core for the expansion of Belgrade. Today, a few quiet cobbled streets and some interesting buildings still show glimpses of the Belgrade of better days.The most important building was, and still is, the Holy Archangel Michael’s church. This was built by order of Prince Milos Obrenovic on the location of an earlier church da...Read More

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Old Belgrade Sights & Attractions
Central City
Belgrade, Serbia

Churches

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Attraction | "Spectacular churches"

Churches Photo,
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Belgrade has several fine churches which are good tourist attractions. Two in particular stand out.St Mark’s Church in Tasmajdan Park is for me the most spectacular building in Belgrade because of its architecture and setting. It is an enlarged copy of the Gracinica monastery church in Kosovo. It was built between 1931 and 1940 on the location of an older church from 1835 and designed in Serbian-Byzantine style. The impressive yellow-red exterior hides a huge, bare hall with four massive pillars. On my recent visit to the city, I was lucky enough to visit the church during a wedding ceremony and the colour and excitement was a stark contrast to the fairly austere interior of the building....Read More

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Churches
Throughout Central Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia

Prince Mihailo’s Street

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Attraction | "Walking Street"

Prince Mihailo’s Street Photo,
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If the Belgrade Fortress is the number one visitor attraction, Prince Mihailo’s Street is number one with the locals. This pedestrianised street is at the very core of Belgrade, stretching from the main entrance to Kalemegdan Park to the Terazije. It bears the name of the 19th century Serbian ruler, Prince Mihailo Obrenovic, a great military commander and builder of cultural edifices.For generations it has been a promenade and meeting place and it remains so today. Everyone who wishes to be seen by others or wishes to see others comes here. This is a good enough reason for the visitor to check it out but there are also many art galleries, libraries, bookshops, shops, restaurants and institutio...Read More

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Prince Mihailo’s Street
Central Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia

Sightseeing Tours

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Sightseeing Tours Photo,
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Tourism in Belgrade has been greatly hindered by the events of the 1990s but it is now starting to recover. There are tourist information centers at the airport and the railway station and also in the Terazije underground passage in the city center. My experience with personnel at these places has been very mixed and information in English is limited. Don’t expect Western European-type service.There are sightseeing tours organized by the Tourist Organisation of Belgrade but I have never managed to do one of these because the timing didn’t suit. As far as I can make out, there are a couple of bus tours, some walking tours and a boat tour on offer.What I have done, and can recommend, is ...Read More

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Sightseeing Tours
Tourist Organization of Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia 11000
+381 (11) 3248-404