Slavija and Vracar
Duration: around 3 hours (on foot)
Only 150 years ago this part of Belgrade was preety far from the city center and place for hunting wild ducks. The first inhabitants came at the end of the 19th century.
The square “Slavija” and hotel with the same name are tied connected with the historical happenings of socialist movement in Serbia, especially activities of the folk tribunes such as Vasa Pelagic, Dimitrije Tucovic….
Also later, on the beginning of the 20th century and between two world wars it was a place of many happenings, celebration of the 1st of May, demonstrations on the 27th of March ’41…Because of this tradition it got the name of one most famous revolutionaries and the leader of the worker movement in Serbia, Dimitrije Tucovic.
Vracar Plateau is the place where is located one of the biggest orthodox churches in the world, the Church of St Sava. He was the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and its first archbishop and school minister. With his father Stefan Nemanja he founded Monastery Hilandar (in present day Greece), also from very big importance for the serbian cultural and spiritual life.
The society for the making Vracar more nicer had taken many projects to develop this part of Belgrade and the Square of Flowers was one of the biggest.
Some of the sights that we are going to see: St Sava Church, Serbian National Library, Statue of Karadjordje, Kalenic Market, Museum of Nikola Tesla (visit museum, presentation of Tesla’s life and work in English, around 1h, closed on Monday, official and national holidays), Square of flowers, Yugoslav Drama Theater, Officers’ home, Manjez Park…