Friday, March 18, 2016

Foggy Victor Statue (Belgrade, Serbia)

Belgrade is maybe not the most beautiful city in the whole world but it is a place that has the most beautiful soul and this fact can confirm all of those tourists who have passed through the Serbian capital even once. The day I came back to my hometown and Serbia after a long journey for me has remained special. The first thing I wanted to do is to re-visit some of my favorite places including the Republic Square, Knez Mihailova street, će and of course Belgrade Fortress (Klemegdan). To find out and discover Belgrade itself you will probably need to stay at least a few days exploring the rich history monuments, buildings, museums, bars, cafes and cool party places that are among the bests in Europe with choice of music for everyone.

Belgrade Republic Square by Igor L.
(Republic Square , Belgrade)
Photo taken by Igor L.

Where should be the main starting point for walking in my beloved city was never into question! The meeting spot where most of the local people but also and all other tourists, passengers, lovers, students, workers like to stay or sit is definitely the Republic Square, next to the monument of Prince Mihailo. Unfortunately today it become increasingly popular to say "we will meet right next to the horse monument" and a lot of people simply do not care about poor Mihailo, who he actually was or what he did in the past for our country (you can google more about him since he was an very interesting person). In this photo behind the monument you can also see the National Theatre which has always maintained some good class performances.

Foggy Victor Statue in Belgrade by Igor L.
(Foggy Victor Statue, Belgrade)
Photo taken by Igor L.

Belgrade Fortress is a huge park full of history and with plenty of space for different activities especially for sport. I could not resist not to go there again and buy popcorns when the lights in these late autumn hours are slowly turned on one by one. Victor Statue that protects Belgrade from future invaders standing upright in the fog and fortress received special look that can bring you back in old medieval times when here passed various knights, nations, empires, kingdoms... Belgrade is also well known because it has been first founded and settled by the Celtic tribes where they called him "Singidunum" while Slavs after their arrival here give him today's name which in translation literally means white town.

WW1 Cannons on Kalemegdan by Igor L.
(WW1 Cannons on Kalemegdan, Belgrade)
Photo taken by Igor L.

More time separated just for fortress I had left for the next few days because of my job and other obligations. Next weekend Sun was shining, weather was perfect which gives me even more reasons to bring my camera once again to the old destination. This time, the victim of my lens was a Military Museum and cannons from the mostly WW1 era but there are also and some other stuffs from Balkan Wars, WW2... Open air museum have a great exposition of military equipment next to the main museum building, which is pure gold for all history lovers. This is an all time open air exhibition and entrance to the fortress is always free that puts Belgrade with some of the rare European cities which do not charging its admission for such an important location. However if you decided to enter in the building of the Military Museum itself, then you will need to pay some symbolic price and it definitely worth it since it is one of the best museums of this type in the world.

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