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Here Are Some Iconic Buildings To Look Out For On Your Next Visit to Belgrade

Here Are Some Iconic Buildings To Look Out For On Your Next Visit to Belgrade

Long ago the city of Belgrade was nicknamed the white city due to the way its impenetrable fortress appeared white from the river. Although the city has undergone rapid modernization since then, the original nickname, along with the fortress still stand.

Writen by Lorena Caro Photos By Dennis Cieri

Belgrade Fortress

The notorious Belgrade Fortress is built out of white Tašmajdan limestone. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times since its inception, earning it the status as a symbol representing the city that keeps on growing. Understanding the fortress’ history means understanding the people of Belgrade. Each group who occupied the fortress left a mark that still remains to this day.

This structure was built on a ridge above two big rivers and also houses a well, a tower, a türbe, and a basketball monument among other things. Along the fortress is also Kalemegdanski park, which is a serene well – kept park with statues of famous historical Serbian figures. There are many statues of writers and scientists, and politicians
throughout the park.

Nebojša Tower

Nebojša is Serbian for fearless, which is the best word to describe this quaint but mighty tower that once served as a defensive structure inside the Belgrade Fortress. It was built in the early 15th century by the Hungarians, who ruled Belgrade at the time. They used this tower to defend themselves against attacks from the Ottoman Empire after the Siege of Belgrade in 1456. Today, it’s a prominent tourist destination thanks to its location next to anchored barge-restaurants.

Belgrade Cooperative

This bank was founded in 1882 to promote savings, support small businesses, and to aid the poor in Belgrade. After the Karadjordjevic dynasty came to power, the liberal bourgeois regime of Petar the I improved the country’s economy. The bank operated up until 1944 which made it one of the most important institutions of its kind. This building represents the beginning of the modern reconstruction of Belgrade and has been a cultural monument since 1979.

Princess Ljubica’s residence

This palace is situated in one of the oldests parts of Belgrade, right next to the Sava River. It was built as a home for Prince Miloš Obrenović, his wife Ljubica and their children. It’s actually a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance and open to visitors. If you find yourself here, you can stop by to learn about the private life of the ruling family, their dressing habits, and their approach to raising their children. You can even have some coffee and homemade lokum at the end of the visit!

Mika Alas’ house

Mika Alas, formerly known as Mihailo Petrović was a distinguished Mathematician and scientist who lived and worked in this house until his death in 1943. The house was designed by architect and fellow professor Petar Bajalović in 1910.

Officers’ Club

The Officers’ club was built in 1895 by the order of King Aleksandar Obrenović, who wanted to provide a place for the Royal Serbian Army officers to lounge and have fun. After World War II, this stout building was nationalised by the communist government and given to Belgrade University in 1968. Take a peek inside and you’ll immediately notice the rustic designs that decorate the central room.

King Petar I Elementary School

This is the oldest surviving Elementary school in Belgrade! It was built in the early 20th century by Jelisaveta Načić, the first Serbian female architect. During its prime, it was the most modern elementary education institution in Serbia.

It was also here that students participated in the first gym classes ever held in Serbia, some going on to join the Yugoslav basketball national team. Today, there is a Pobednik monument in the school gym, which is also used as the festivity hall.
Pobednik was erected in 1928 and is currently the most representative landmark of Belgrade. This architectural feat is a cultural monument that educated notable Serbian figures who went on to revolutionize Serbia into what it is today.

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