Belgrade – the capital of Serbia – is one of the oldest cities in Europe, the city with extraordinary history that lays on two rivers, full of cordial people, nowadays – a modern city with numerous sights that are worth visiting.
Saint Sava Temple
The tour begins with the Vračar plateau, where we’ll see one of the most important sights of Belgrade. The square is dominated by the Saint Sava Temple, one of the biggest orthodox temples on the Balkans, besides the temple is also a so-called small Saint Sava Church. On the plateau in front of it is the bronzed monument dedicated to Saint Sava, the first Serbian archbishop, the monument was made by the Russian sculptor Klikov. In the park in front of the Temple there is a monument dedicated to Karađorđe Petrović, the leader of the First Serbian Uprising. In the vicinity is also the National Serbian Library.
Slavija Square and Flower Square
The tour continues to the centre of the city and Slavija Square, called after the Hotel with the same name, built in 1888. In the second half of the 19th century this location was a swamp, nowadays – it’s one of the biggest squares of Belgrade where 7 streets are crossing. One of this streets is King Milan Street that hosts Yugoslavian Drama Theatre founded in 1947, one of the most important cultural institutions in Belgrade. Across the road, recently reconstructed is the Cvetni Trg or Flower Square, former Flower market, that is nowadays famous for numerous authentic Belgrade cafes.
Saint Mark Church
Towards the centre we’ll pass by SKC, Students Cultural Centre, and the popular „Beograđanka”, the first skyscraper in the centre of the city that used to be the biggest department store on the Balkans. Resavska Street will lead us to St. Mark Church in Serbian- Byzantine style that is preserving the ashes of Tsar Dušan, the greatest ruler of Serbia.
Really close to St. Mark Church, the Serbian Parliament is located, across which the Old and New Palace are situated. Old Palace used to be King Milan Obrenović’s residency, nowadays it is the City Parliament. New Palace, former King Petar I Karađorđević’s residency, is now the Serbian President’s residency.
Next we’ll go to Terazije Square, one of the most beautiful squares of Belgrade. In the late 19th and the 1st part of the 20th century after numerous reconstructions, Terazije becomes the centre of social life. It is also famous for the hotel triangle, which are: hotel Moscow, Balkan and Kasina.
Knez Mihailova Street and Republic Square
Afterwards we arrive to the epicentre of the city, Republic Square with the Prince Mihail Monument in the centre. On this square are also the two most important cultural artistic institutions, the National Theatre and National Museum. A walk through the always lively Knez Mihailo Street, main walking and shopping zone, on our way to Kalemegdan, we will visit the Congregational Church. In the capital church of Belgrade, there a tombs of some of the most important people from Serbian history. Across from the Congregation Church is the building of Patriarch, with the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Nearby is the oldest bar in the city, which is known for its unusual name “Question Mark -?”, as well as the Mansion of Princess Ljubica, former home of the first lady of Serbia, and today a museum. A quick break for refreshment will be made on the terrace of “?” or some other café, depending on the availability.
The tour will end at Kalemegdan, the most important cultural-historic complex of the city. In the Kalemegdan Park, on the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube, the Belgrade Fortress raises proudly, and is the witness of the tumultuous history of this ancient city. On the outermost part of the fortress raises the monument dedicated to the Victor, one of cities symbols, a piece of the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović.