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  PICTURES OF BELGRADE (with brief commentaries)

 

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PANORAMA OF KING MILAN STREET (formerly: Serbian Rulers St) with the cupolas of the 'New' Royal Court, built for King Alexandar I Karadjordjevic in 1913-16 (now: Presidency of Serbia) and the 'Old' Royal Court, built for King Milan Obrenovic in 1882 (now: City Hall). The main Belgrade's street connects Slavija Square with Terazije.


ST SAVA TEMPLE
Although still under construction, this monumental temple is the third largest Orthodox church in Europe and with its huge cupola (4.000 tons in weight) represents one of the most outstanding landmarks of Belgrade. It is dedicated to St Sava (Rastko Nemanjic), who founded Serbian Orthodox Church and was the first archbishop.


KRSMANOVIC MANSION (situated in Terazije St) was built in 1885 for the Belgrade merchant Aleksa Krsmanovic. The architect was Jovan Ilkic. As one of the most alluring buildings at the time, it was temporarily used for accommodation of Crown Prince Alexandar I, when the official Court premises were badly damaged in WWI (1918-1919). This is the place where the unification of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (i.e. formation of Yugoslavia) was proclaimed in 1918.


KNEZ MIHAILOVA STREET of Belgrade with a row of mansions, nice examples of 19th century architecture. This was the first street in Belgrade to be regulated and officially named. Nowadays, the street is blocked off to all vehicular traffic and reserved for the pedestrians only. It is the main shopping mall and promenade connecting Republic Square with Kalemegdan Park and the Fortress area (an archaeological and historical zone of the city).   


THE FACADES IN THE OLD TOWN display various styles of Belgrade architecture. This Neo-renaissance building originates from the late 19th century and was made according to the projects of  M. Ruvidic. Nowadays, it houses the Austrian Embassy. It is situated in the area of the old Serbian community, close by the Orthodox Cathedral, Princess Ljubica's Residence and Kosancic Crescent, an ancient urban environment with a number of winding and cobbled streets, conveying the atmosphere of some "good, old days".


PRINCESS LJUBICA'S RESIDENCE (1829-31), a court of Duke Milos Obrenovic, who founded the modern Serbian state in the 19th century. The building is the best example of an old and combined construction technique: traditional (Turkish) daub and wattle system has been supported here by refined brickwork. 


THE BRIDGES OF BELGRADE
Two parts of the modern city situated by the confluence of two rivers are connected with 5 bridges on the Sava and 1 bridge on the Danube.  On the river's right bank is the historical nucleus of Belgrade and on the left bank is New Belgrade, a modern residential area built after WWII.


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Panorama of Belgrade



is part of BELGRADE SIGHTSEEING Web site.
Commentaries by B. Rabotic, 2001, 2002, 2003

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