Winter days in Serbia: A long walk in Belgrade

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After a few days of exploring Serbia, I finally got to Belgrade. To be honest I didn’t have high expectations, but I was wrong.

This is the second part of my article about my road trip in Serbia. In the first part, I talked about visiting Vrnjačka Banja and Kopaonik ski resort. Now that you know the full story, let’s find out more about what happened in Belgrade.

Cathedral of Saint Sava

My accommodation was very close to the Cathedral of Saint Sava, which is the largest Orthodox church in south-eastern Europe, and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. It has 70 meters in height (82 meters adding the cross on the top of the dome). The cathedral’s architectural style is Serbian-Byzantine, but the interiors are not yet finished.

Saint Sava Cathedral
Saint Sava Cathedral

 

Front view of Saint Sava Cathedral
Front view of Saint Sava Cathedral

Belgrade city center

After almost half an hour of staring at the huge cathedral, I went towards the city center. What I noticed is that Belgrade is a pretty clean city (at least compared to other East European cities). Also, I’ve noticed that the buildings have beautiful facades, that are well maintained and taken care of.

Massive building along one of the main boulevards in Belgrade
Massive building along one of the main boulevards in Belgrade

 

The center’s pedestrian zone looks like this:

Pedestrian zone in the center of Belgrade
Pedestrian zone in the center of Belgrade

 

The end of the pedestrian zone
The end of the pedestrian zone

Belgrade Fortress

Don’t be disappointed that the pedestrian zone ends. If you look further, you will see a tower in the distance. That is Belgrade Fortress and consists of Kalemegdan Park and the old citadel. There is no entrance fee to walk inside the fortress walls, and it’s open 24/7. It had a troubled history so far, with many invasions, sieges, repeated destruction and conquests.

The entrance in Belgrade Fortress
The entrance in Belgrade Fortress

 

Stambol Gate and the Clock Tower
Stambol Gate and the Clock Tower

 

Exhibition of cannons
Exhibition of cannons

 

Ruins inside the fortress
Ruins inside the fortress

The fortress is situated on the confluence of River Sava and Danube and offers a beautiful view of the New Belgrade (Novi Beograde). There, you can also see one of the most famous landmarks of the city: “The Victor” monument. It is 14 meters high and commemorates Serbia’s victories during the Balkan Wars and WWI.

"The Victor" monument
“The Victor” monument

Even if one of my biggest wishes was to visit Nikola Tesla Museum, I couldn’t make it. But I promise to come back and see it someday.

There would be much more to say about Belgrade and Serbia, but all in all it was a unique experience. What about you? Have you ever visited it or would you want to? Comment below and let me know.

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