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Old January 27th, 2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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Belgrade; The Serbian Capital

Known as the New York City of the Balkans, Belgrade is a large city of about 2 million citizens. Located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers; it has one of the most important geostrategic locations in Europe, making it a constant target of foreign invaders of the past.

Most of Belgrade was rebuilt from a Turkish Kasaba to a modern European city by Serbian Kings and Queens who insisted on modelling the city after Vienna and Budapest. After severly being destroyed in WWII; Belgrade has been rebuilt, but not to its former glory....

Pictures from March 2007


St. Mark's Church, standing proudly in the heart of Belgrade, was built in the 1930's as a much larger copy of the famous Gracanica monastery in Kosovo


On Takovska Street stand great examples of Academic and Serbian-Byzantine buildings


King Aleksandar Boulevard ends at Nikola Pasic Square (formerly Marx and Engels)


"Black Horses Playing" is a famous sculpture standing in front of the Serbian Parliament


Manicured grounds in front of the former Old Royal Palace, currently the City Hall of Belgrade


"Girl With Water Jug" in the palace park


The Old Palace facing onto nice examples of the rebuilding of 'European' Belgrade


Prince Milos Street, lined with grand, stately government buildings; we can see the Ministry of Statistics, Offices of the Government of Serbia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs


King Milan Street is a major artery of Belgrade linking Terazije Square with the Temple of St. Sava


The modern glass facade of the Yugoslav Dramatic Theater


"With strength anything can be achieved" loosely translated from Old Slavic; a sculpture of the Serbian patron Saint, Saint Sava standing in front of the temple built in his honour (where his remains were burned by the Turks 600 years ago)


Walking down Karadjordjev Park near the underground railway station bearing the same name


St. Sava's Temple is the 2nd largest Orthodox place of worship in the world. Still under construction for over 70 years it awaits completion of its interior frescos and mosaics


Manjez Park is a lovely little retreat in the heart of the city


Details of the Government of Serbia building


Looking towards the Ministry of Transportation building and a newly rebuilt park


Up the stairs to the old annex of the Ministry of Defense, heavily bombed in 1999


Monument to the first Serbian uprising against the Turks


Incredible how such damage occured in the heart of Europe at the end of the last century; thank you NATO


Up Prince Milos Street towards the old Vrachar Bank building


Details of beautiful Academism buildings lining King Milan Street


Cariathides adorning the Old Palace


Through Palace Park to the Parliament of Serbia; that building surprisingly took over 20 years to build due to WWI


Derelict yet still gorgeous buildings on Terazije Square


Sremska Street is a cute little meandering crescent going towards the first skyscraper of the Balkans built in the early 30's: Albania Palace (named after a cafe that stood there before)


A continuation of Republic Square on the busy Prince Michael pedestrian zone


Toplicin Park with a statue to a Serbian hero who's name escapes me atm


Makedonska Street towards the Radio Belgrade building


Monument to a famous Serbian actor; the background building is the Palace of the Army (loosely translated)


A Serbian hero against the Turks pointing towards Republic Square; the National Theater is clearly visible


A mix of styles; heavily bombed parts of Belgrade were rebuilt quickly albeit, with a commie perspective. This gives us an eclectic mix of architecture


The Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, built in 1928; it is one of the greatest examples of secessionist Serbian architecture. The opening was attended by numerous foreign dignitaries including Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest Serbian minds to have ever lived


Reflections in the few modern buildings on Prince Michael Street


Details of ornate palaces


Details of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences


Street scenes


This building has a quirky history. The inscription reads "First Croatian Savings Bank", this building was copied in Zagreb where the inscription reads "First Serbian Savings Bank" as a sign of south slavic (Yugoslav) unity


Prince Michael Street widens and then narrows at this point


The end of this pedestrian paradise; Kalemegdan Park, a beautiful central park and fortress


Architectural variety on King Peter Street


An arts pavillion in Kalemegdan Park where student organized expositions are often held


"Warrior at Rest"


"Nude Girl"


Monument to Riga of Pharaos, Greek hero killed by the Turks in Belgrade


Vasa Carapica Street's begining in Kalemedgan Park


One of the many interior gates of the Belgrade Fortress in Kalemegdan, and I swear that must be Julia Styles


Gates, bridges and many more of those...


Towers, walls and more gates!


Belgrade's Fortress was one of the most fortified in Europe, being at the border between 'East' and 'West' (Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire)


This charming church has a chandelier made of muskets and swords due to its military nature and location


Remember Riga of Pharaos? He was killed in that tower


'Pobednik' or 'The Victor' is the undisputed symbol of Belgrade. Built as a symbol of victory in WWI, it was originally meant to have stood at Terazije Square but Belgrade's prudish women thought it was too scandalous to have a naked man staring them down


The Italian Steps leading out of the park towards the French Embassy and the Cathedral Church


Looking back at The Victor and the Italian Gardens


Kalemegdan Park slowly meets the city again, this time, in front of the Austrian Embassy


Statues, sculptures and monuments in the grand part of the park


"Man Fighting With Snake" the same sculpture also stands in Zagreb as a sign of (former) Yugoslav unity


A grand monument celebrating Serbia's love for France, as a gift of rememberance for French help during WWI. This monument is often defaced due to France turning its back on historical allies and bombing Serbia in 1999


Slowly the city engulfs the park as Prince Michael Street begins (or ends)


Modern against very old. The Baroque steeple of the Cathedral Church is the heart of the Serbian Orthodox Church


Cafe, hotel and the former headquarters of the National Bank of Serbia. The headquarters have moved to a new skyscraper built at Slavija Square


Serbian bankers, must be Belgrade's version of Bay Street


Prince Michael Street is the most popular location for foreign retailers who want to enter the Serbian market with a bang. Some of the more famous names on this strip are: Swatch, Swarovski, Adidas, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, Lacoste, Escada, Mango and Zara


Details of ornate buildings on King Peter Street


The steeple of the Cathedral Church is there to remind us that we're afterall still in the old, old part of the city


Toplicin Crescent is one of the most interesting parts of old Belgrade


From one of the most luxurious restaurants in Belgrade we can see New Belgrade and the Usce Tower, symbolic of the city's progressive nature towards a new and stable economy

Hope you enjoyed the first part, I will slowly pump out all my pictures of Belgrade taken over the last few years
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Old January 27th, 2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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Very nice!
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Old January 27th, 2008, 10:11 AM   #3
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I was just toddling off to bed, but this thread popped up and I HAD to see it!! BEAUTIFUL pictures of a gracious city... well done, Fil!!
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Old January 27th, 2008, 10:27 AM   #4
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Old January 27th, 2008, 10:52 AM   #5
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Great Images!!
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Old January 27th, 2008, 03:30 PM   #6
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Those are some amazing captures. The composition, light, and image quality are all excellent. You're the perfect guide to this amazing city!
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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #7
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Looks great dude! Thanks for showcasing this beautiful city!!!
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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:57 PM   #8
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Pictures and city - great! Politics - not so much. Best leave politics out... I have a real problem with your faulting NATO for what it (we) did in response to known, documented Serb atrocities... atrocities that Serbs still, to this day, will not accept responsiibility for. And last week the Serbs voted for the ultra radicals again - the same folks who ruled with Milosevic and killed untold thousands. So you can hardly say that Belgrade is an innocent victim! It will be interesting to see the repsonse on the streets of Belgrade when Kosovo finally, at long last, declares its independence in the coming months - I hope it is peaceful. And I really hope Serbia doesn't turn its back on the EU and the west, because it would be a great loss.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 09:04 PM   #9
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Pictures and city - great! Politics - not so much. Best leave politics out... I have a real problem with your faulting NATO for what it (we) did in response to known, documented Serb atrocities... atrocities that Serbs still, to this day, will not accept responsiibility for. And last week the Serbs voted for the ultra radicals again - the same folks who ruled with Milosevic and killed untold thousands. So you can hardly say that Belgrade is an innocent victim! It will be interesting to see the repsonse on the streets of Belgrade when Kosovo finally, at long last, declares its independence in the coming months - I hope it is peaceful. And I really hope Serbia doesn't turn its back on the EU and the west, because it would be a great loss.
Hmm.. very angry at you putting CNN propaganda in a photo thread that took me days to prepare, but let me rebute some facts:

I, as an ethnic Serb, will NEVER accept responsability for whatever the government might've done over a decade ago. And about Kosovo? It won't be peaceful, if you'd read up it's going to be a real shitfest. Shame, isn't it? Europe turned its back on a European nation, Serbia has now accepted Russia, the West failed, the East won.
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Pictures and city - great! Politics - not so much. Best leave politics out... I have a real problem with your faulting NATO for what it (we) did in response to known, documented Serb atrocities... atrocities that Serbs still, to this day, will not accept responsiibility for. And last week the Serbs voted for the ultra radicals again - the same folks who ruled with Milosevic and killed untold thousands. So you can hardly say that Belgrade is an innocent victim! It will be interesting to see the repsonse on the streets of Belgrade when Kosovo finally, at long last, declares its independence in the coming months - I hope it is peaceful. And I really hope Serbia doesn't turn its back on the EU and the west, because it would be a great loss.
Let's just say that reality is far from the simpleton's explanation you give. Best leave politics out of it.

Love the pics, though. It's one of my favourite cities in the Balkans, along with Athens.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 09:40 PM   #11
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amazing pics man. really appreaciate the effort and the comments for every pic.
its karajordje isnt it? that statue? i have lived in australia since i was 10 so i have no idea but thats the name that rings some bells for god knows what reasons ..
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Thanks for the comments everyone! Very appreciated

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amazing pics man. really appreaciate the effort and the comments for every pic.
its karajordje isnt it? that statue? i have lived in australia since i was 10 so i have no idea but thats the name that rings some bells for god knows what reasons ..
thanx again.
You mean the one in Toplicin Park? I'm pretty sure that's a Vojvode, not sure which though.. Stepe, Vuk? I'd have to look through my Belgrade guidebook.
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You mean the one in Toplicin Park? I'm pretty sure that's a Vojvode, not sure which though.. Stepe, Vuk? I'd have to look through my Belgrade guidebook.
ahhh hmmm now im confused too haha. karadjordje is the one from the battle of kosovo i think, vuk has a big mustage hmm and his a writer not a battle guy.. no idea lol
prince lazar? lol now im just pulling names out of my ass haha



thats Karađorđe Petrović, leader of the First Serbian uprising in 1804.

but that statue the guy there has a gun so its probably not him and a whole different century lol!

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Old January 27th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #14
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such a wonderful tour of belgrade! thanks!
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Very interesting! That's the first time I see pictures of Belgrade! The city has some really good examples of nice architecture, which seems to be very diverse! Anyways, thanks for sharing!
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Pictures and city - great! Politics - not so much. Best leave politics out... I have a real problem with your faulting NATO for what it (we) did in response to known, documented Serb atrocities... atrocities that Serbs still, to this day, will not accept responsiibility for. And last week the Serbs voted for the ultra radicals again - the same folks who ruled with Milosevic and killed untold thousands. So you can hardly say that Belgrade is an innocent victim! It will be interesting to see the repsonse on the streets of Belgrade when Kosovo finally, at long last, declares its independence in the coming months - I hope it is peaceful. And I really hope Serbia doesn't turn its back on the EU and the west, because it would be a great loss.


Is this Bill Klinton speaking or what?
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Great photos Filip!!! Bravo
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Old January 28th, 2008, 07:34 PM   #19
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Great descripstion Filipe, super photos!

BG is very warm, charming, and it is also called "open city", ready to accept anyone. it has wierd and mystic spirit, but it smiles all the time!
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