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Interwar architecture in central Belgrade

Interwar architecture in central Belgrade

Milos Petrovic

Belgrade is back on the tourist track! After the war and the Milosevic years that followed it, Serbia is opening up to foreign travelers with Belgrade beeing right on the main road crossing from Central Europe to the Balkans. It is located on Sava and Danube banks which makes it very popular tourist destination for rivership cruisers.

Erected by Celts in 3rd century BC on the spot where ancient Vinca culture flourished 6000 years ago, Belgrade is considered by some to be one of the oldest cities on Earth- even though the outlook of the town does not tell us this story. Nonetheless, Belgrade has been raised to the ground some 56 times in verified history alone, which earned the city's nickname "Cursed lady", "House of Wars" etc. Some of the most prominent governours of the city include Greeks, Romans, Avars, Huns, Franks, Arabs, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Germans, Turks and Serbs. This mixture of cultures resonates strongly in the city's spirit centuries later.

With its mix of old splendour and communist architecture the city breathes its ambition to be the Paris of the region. Which it does rather well with it's numerous hip bars, superbe restaurants and chique fashion stores.

The Knez Mihailova is the major axis of downtown Belgrade.  This pedestrian only street, is one of the best looking streets in Belgrade with many 19-th century buildings and the perfect place to go shopping.  Knez Mihailova  and the surrounding streets are home to some of the top fashion brands, including Hugo Boss, Escada, Fratelli Rossetti, Giorgio Armani, and many more.  The street is the ideal place to go and contemplate Belgraders.  The street links the Terazije square with Kalemegdan fortress.

Just next to Knez Mihailova street stands the Republic Square boasting the impressive National Theatre and the National Museum of Serbia.

Kalemegdan park and its fortress, which overlooks most of the city is the closest thing to a real "tourist attraction". From the fortress you can see how well Belgrade is positioned at the crossroads of the rivers Danube and Sava.

Skadarlija is the place to head for when dawn falls. The cobble-stone street is filled with restaurants featuring live music and couple of interesting nightspots. These rae the best places to meet U.N. workers on leave, diplomats and the increasing number of Western businessmen. The famous restaurants are "Sesir moj", "Tri sesira"...

Ada Ciganlija, Belgrade 's most popular city beach, is great place to relax during hot summer days. It is only 4 km far from city center. You can enjoy swimming in lake made by Sava river, or have a water skiing. Ada has various sport playgrounds for volleyball, basketball, football and even golf. You can always take a break in Ada's nice by the water cafes.


November 21, 2006 change by neron (2 points)

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