Belgrade historical centre

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Belgrade historical centre 2017-08-05T13:51:50+00:00

Belgrade historical centre

Duration: 2-3 hours (on foot)

Area around Kosancic Square and Belgrade’s  Cathedral  is the old core of the Serbian settlement which was formed here during the middle ages and developed in the later times. The Turks occupied Belgrade 1521 but still some people stayed in the city and had their houses around the church of St Archangel Michael, which could be found in the documents from the second half of the 16th century. At the beginning of the 19th century started the renaissance of the Serbian culture and society. Here were built the offices of the Serbian prince Milos Obrenovic, Magistrate, Palace of Serbian Metropolit, Belgrade’s Cathedral, State’s Publishing Company, Folk’s Library, Reading Room, Custom station on the river Sava…

Square of the Republic was out of the historical core until the middle of the 19th century. Actually, the settlement begun exactly behind the present day square. It was the place of the well-known Main Stambol Gate and from here started the street which led to the capital of the Ottoman Empire – Istanbul. In the second half of the 19th century, because of its dark history, prince Michael Obrenovic decided to destroy this gate and from the stone was partly built present day Serbian National Theater.

The life of the Terazije Square started when prince Milos Obrenovic forced the artisans to leave their homes in area called Sava mala and gave them new land for free with an obligation to build new houses here and open the shops. The name of this Sqaure comes from the Turkish language and means, among other things, water system or water reservoir. In front of the present day Moscow Hotel stood the biggest of three reservoirs and after it the square was named. Many nice buildings were built at the end of the 19th century and some of them we can still admire.

Some of the sights that we are going to see: Kalemegdan Park and Fortress, Belgrade’s Cathedral, “?” Inn, Seat of the Serbian Partriarch, Prince Michael Street, Square of the Republic, Terazije Square, Serbian Parliament, Belgrade’s City Hall, Seat of the Serbian President…