Belgrad Sights and Landmarks Guide, Serbia
Belgrade, the White City, is the quaint capital of Serbia. Belgrade is another one of the many beautiful European cities sprawling on the banks of the Danube, like Budapest, Vienna or Osijek. Although the city has a good deal of appeal, it cannot be described as beautiful. Belgrade lacks the consistent charm of cities such as nearby Dubrovnik, for example. However, each part of the city is fascinating, even if the sum of it all doesn’t always achieve this effect. Historical and architectural curiosities, plus a lively and ever expanding nightlife make Belgrade a great holiday spot. This Belgrad Sights Guide will give you a few tips on which places are a must-see when visiting this unique city.
Belgrad Sights - Architecture and Places of Interest
If you are a fan of anything that is more than a few centuries old, you will definitely enjoy a stroll in Kelemegdan, Belgrade’s resident fortress and old city. Located on a steep hill overlooking the confluence of the Danube and the River Sava, the fortress offers a great view over the city. Despot Stefan’s Tower is one of the highlights of the Kelegmedan.
Religious architecture is omnipresent in Belgrade, although its quality tends to vary quite a lot. The Cathedral of Saint Sava is possibly the largest Orthodox Church in the world. The cathedral is said to have been erected on the place where St. Sava, an important Serbian religious figure, was burned alive in 1595. St. Mark’s Church, surrounded by the lush vegetation of Tasmajdan Park, is another worthwhile sight. There are several 18th and 19th century buildings that might catch your interest. Princess Ljubica’s Mansion, built in 1830, is filled with exquisite furniture and art. Beli Dvor has been a residence for the royal family for a long time. The mansion sports a great similarity to an 18th century English country house, and it is filled to the brim with Georgian and Russian antiques.
Belgrad Sights - Museums
Serbia’s National Museum was established in 1844, and since its founding it has amassed quite an impressive collection from art all over the world. You can see dozens of pieces authored by Serbian artists, and countless pieces of French, Japanese, Dutch or Russian art. The Museum of Aviation is quite a sight in itself: a building shaped like a mushroom, seemingly pieced together from glass and metal. The museum has on display around 300 aircrafts, plus a large number of aircraft parts. The Nikola Tesla Museum is a museum dedicated to life and work of the famous Serbian scientist.
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