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Culture of Belgrade. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Cathedral of Saint Sava, Belgrade Belgrade Fortress remains the most important historical landmark of Belgrade and one of the most famous excursion sites of Serbia. There is also a beautiful Kalemegdan Park next to it. First buildings on the site of the modern fortress appeared yet in the beginning of the 3rd century and were built by Celts. Nowadays the fortress is a unique architectural ensemble of buildings that belongs to different eras. It is located on a hill with stunning views of the city and its surroundings. The ancient fortress has become a permanent venue for various exhibitions dedicated to the history of Serbia.
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Church of St. Sava is one more striking religious attraction. The construction of the church took place in the 16th century. According to a legend, the site on which now stands the cathedral was the location of the penalty of St. Sava in the 12th century. St. Sava was the founder and the first archbishop of the church, which was completely destroyed by Turkish conquerors. The spacious halls of the church can accommodate up to ten thousand visitors at a time, and its beautiful gilded dome is visible from virtually any part of the city. Belgrade is home to a large number of museums and exhibition galleries. Nikola Tesla Museum is definitely one of the most visited cultural institutions of the city. Its opening took place in 1952. The location of the museum is also notable – it occupies a beautiful old mansion. Today, the exhibition of the museum features a huge collection of personal items of the inventor, various documents, photographs and drawings.
Museum of History of Yugoslavia, which is located next to the Mausoleum of Tito, is a perfect place to get acquainted with the history of the country. Your excursion program should necessarily include a visit to the Royal Palace, which was built in 1884. For a long time the beautiful palace has been remaining the main residence of monarchical dynasties. The beautiful building was seriously damaged during the war, but later it was fully restored by modern architects. Continue your acquaintance with unique architectural monuments of the city by making a walk to the district of Skadarlija, which is home to numerous mansions and other beautiful historic buildings. Here you will find various shops, souvenir outlets and restaurants. Belgrade's Military Museum tells its visitors about the tragic events of the past and the heroism of the residents of the city. The exhibition of the museum includes more than forty thousand exhibits. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Stunning views of the city can be beheld by climbing up to the Avala TV tower. Since the tower is sited at a high altitude, visitors will get the feeling that they are somewhere in the clouds. You should therefore make it a must to visit this place to experience the same feelings. Another beautiful observation deck you should drop in on is the Prince Mihailo Monument. This is an old building (which dates as far back as 1882) built under the project of Enrico Pazzi. Today on the walls of the tower, you can see graffiti which does not detract the appearance of the historical monument, but rather gives some flavor to it.
The city has many religious attractions considered interesting from an architectural point of view. One of such monuments is the Crkva Ruzica. It is located under the wall of the Kalemegdan fortress. In front of the entrance to the building you will see a knight and a soldier. Crkva Ruzica is also notable for the fact that it is the oldest church in the capital of Serbia (it was built in the year 1869). Inside you can find very beautiful murals. It is no wonder many people choose to remain here for a long time and do not want to leave. Everyone would like to extend the pleasure from contemplation of interior decoration. There is a mosque in the city, which is called Bajrakli džamija. It was built in the Ottoman style, in the place where a Catholic church was sited. Among other religious monuments, it is worth mentioning Crkva Svetog Marka. This church was built in the Roman-Byzantine style. The temple is very large, and there is a park located nearby.
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The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, which is located just opposite the above-mentioned church, is another architecturally interesting building. The government office was built in the year 1858, in an architectural style chosen by an Italian. Neboјša Tower, one of the oldest buildings in the capital of Serbia, is yet another excellent architectural structure. The fortification building was erected in the middle of the 15th century as an artillery tower adjacent to the Belgrade fortress. The tower witnessed many historical events, and also has a very interesting history which you must make a point of duty to listen to.
There are interesting museums in the capital of Serbia. In addition to the Military Museum, Belgrade, the city has the Aviation Museum (Aeronautical Museum), located just next to the airport. Here you can look at the aircrafts, which were used at one time or another for different purposes. You can sit down in some of them and take pictures. In addition, the architecture of the Aviation Museum deserves attention as it is quite unique. Among other museums worth noting, there is the Car Museum, where older-model cars are displayed. There is also the Ethnographic Museum, where you can get closer acquainted with the local culture and traditions.
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Church of Saint Sava, Beograd

Location on the map:   Facts: » The place where the church was built is memorial. Here, the relics of the first archbishop of Serbia were burnt upon the order of the Ottoman ruler in the late 16th century. He contributed to the establishment of the independence of the Orthodox Church.
»  The funds on the construction of the House of God started to be raised in 1895. The temple still exists on donations. It was opened in 2004 due to historical conflicts.
»  The main dome that weighs 4 000 tons is surrounded by four towers. Its top is crowned with a twelve-meter gilded cross. There are 17 small domes on the bigger ones. The Cathedral of Saint Sava has 2 bell towers with 49 bells (that weigh from 12 kg to 5 tons). Each of them has its original sound.
»  The cathedral has a total area of 7.5 thousand m2. The building is almost 90 m high.
»  Our Savior Jesus Christ is painted on the fresco. It is located under the main dome and is the biggest painting in the world. The eyes on the painting are more than a meter!
»  During worships, the building accommodates about 10 000 parishioners. They can listen to 800 choristers.
»  The cathedral is built of sand, stone, and concrete. The white walls of the building are seen from afar. It is located on the hilltop at a height of 134 meters above sea level.

National Museum of Serbia, Beograd

» The initiator of opening the National Museum of Serbia in 1844 was the Minister of Education and the writer Jovan Sterija Popovic. So, it was opened in 25 years in the building of the mortgage bank.
»  Sculptures and paintings of European masters are kept here. The collection also contains archaeological artifacts. The museum houses over 400 000 exhibits.
»  One of the sectors displays the Serbian annals from prehistoric times to the present day.
»  The handwritten gospel of the late 12th century is of great value. The liturgical book was written for Duke Miroslav. Cyrillic on parchment has small colored inserts (296 miniatures) and is decorated with gold.
»  There is the Egyptian mummy found in the territory of the country.
»  There are also many golden masks and ancient statues. The numismatic collection contains over 300 000 coins dating back to the 5th-6th century BC.
»  The inner space is conditionally divided into seven sectors. Each of them presents the particular development stage of arts, from frescoes to modernity.
»  There is a range of similar institutions based on the National Museum. About 2.5 thousand exhibitions were organized and 500 publications were issued here. The Museum has been restored for 15 years. It opened its doors again in 2018.

Museum of Aviation, Beograd

Location on the map:   Facts: » Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport provided the land on which the Museum of Aviation has been built. The Ministry of Air and Defense Forces founded the institution to keep aeronautics items in 1957.
»  The round building is built of glass and concrete. Its collection consists of objects of aircraft and military significance: armament rockets, parts of propulsion units, documents, pictures, and videos.
»  200 airships represent the museum. It houses exhibits of the period of the Second World War brought from different countries, as well as modern flying machines.
»  Here, you can also see: the only surviving copy of the Italian fighter aircraft Fiat G-50: German Junkers Ju 52, Soviet Mi-4, the radar Cossor C.R.787, French Carvel with jet engines at the rear end (the first airplane of this type).
»  Attack, fighter and bomber aircrafts, helicopters, places, and rockets of domestic and foreign manufacture are displayed at the second level of the building. Some exhibits are hanging on cables.
»  Some items are displayed outside, in the open air. On the sightseeing platform, you can see machines from a different angle.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Beograd

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Museum of Contemporary Art presents masterpieces of artists and sculptors of the 20th century. Four constant exhibitions are organized in different locations.
»  The administration of the cultural institution actively cooperates with such galleries in other countries.
»  One of the showrooms presents canvasses of young artists who promote new trends in international arts. Here, you can see 92 masterpieces of famous Yugoslav artists, antique pieces of furniture, carpets, glass and porcelain items.
»  In the other gallery, you can not only see the exhibits displayed, but also attend different promotions and events. The exhibition zone is dedicated to modern design in art and film production.
»  The relatives of the famous artist Peter Dobrovic allocated his flat to the museum. Here, you can see oil and watercolor paintings, sketches and drafts.
»  The museum fund contains over 35 000 exhibits. The earliest of them date back to the beginning of the 20th century. The separate sector is dedicated to multimedia, so here you can see pictures and videos. The museum was founded in 1961. Its building is interesting too because it resembles a crystal with its shape.

Church of St. Michael, Beograd

Location on the map:   Facts: » The church was built upon the order of the Serbian King Obrenovic in the middle of the 19th century. The celestial patron is Archangel Michael.
»  Local artists painted icons that depict the Mother of God, the Holy Trinity, and Archangels. The entrance to the building is decorated with these mosaic pictures.
»  The relics of rules and Serbian churches are kept in the subsoil of the building.
»  Near the temple, there is the museum of the Serbian House of God. In its territory, there is the grave of the person who created the Serbian grammar.
»  At the weekend, baptism and wedding ceremonies are held here.
»  The church impresses with its luxurious interior: carved gilded iconostasis, galleries, and wall painted panels of the 19th century. There are icons depicting saints on the altar partition. The bell tower has a wonderful view of the surroundings.
»  You can see a marble plate in one of the outer wall niches of St. Michael Church. It points at the burial place of Dositej Obradovic, a Serbian enlightener. The exterior of the building is distinguished by the combination of two architectural styles, classic and baroque. The strict and clear outline of the building matches the luxurious interior.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Belgrade

Kalemegdan Fortress
The Royal Palace
Museum Nikola Tesla
Where: Krunska 51, Belgrade; Telephone: +381 (0)11 24 33 886;
Sveti Sava Temple
The Military Museum
Where: Kalemegdan bb, Belgrade; Telephone: +381 (0)11 33 43 441;
The National Museum
Where: Trg Republike, Belgrade; Telephone: +381 (0) 11 33 060 00;
Palace Of Princess Ljubica
Where: Kneza Sime Markovica 8, Belgrade;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Belgrade
♥   Palace 'Old Palace' , 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Captain Miša’s Mansion' , 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Princess Ljubica’s Residence' , 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Prince Miloš’s Residence' , 2.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palace of Serbia' , 3.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Royal Compound' , 3.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Belgrade and around
♥   Art museum 'Belgrade City Museum' Belgrade, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Museum of Serbia' Belgrade, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Contemporary Art' Belgrade, 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'White Palace' Belgrade, 3.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Belgrade. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Belgrade: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Belgrade. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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