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Tropical home for lizards in the middle of Belgrade

Tropical home for lizards in the middle of Belgrade

Among the steep and quiet streets of Savski venac, in the area connecting Dedinje and Senjak there is a small tropical oasis. It is the home of dozens...
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Belgrade public transportation history - from racing horses to validators (pt. 3)

Belgrade public transportation history - from racing horses to validators (pt. 3)

After WWII ended, there were 4 tramway and 3 bus lines operating around Belgrade with a total of 58 vehicles. The capitol city was in ruins, but on the...
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Ivan Mestrovic before Belgraders

Ivan Mestrovic before Belgraders

One of the greatest sculptors of religious renaissance was born in Slavonia. He worked as a stone-cutter’s apprentice in Split and obtained an education...
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The first elevator in Belgrade

The first elevator in Belgrade

If you are a tenant at an average multi-story building in Belgrade and you’ve spent decades living there, then chances are you already know your neighbors...
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The history of public transportation in Belgrade - from running horses to validators (pt. 2)

The history of public transportation in Belgrade - from running horses to validators (pt. 2)

The idyllic times were suddenly interrupted when the First World War began. In the devastation of Belgrade, inevitably the public transportation along...
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Millennium tower: the royal pearl on the "earth city" slopes

Millennium tower: the royal pearl on the "earth city" slopes

When you have an enormous empire of over 200,000km2 and you’ve built and guarded it for almost 1,000 years, you are sure to be very proud of it. Your influence...
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When "Zeleni venac" was the lake of Belgrade

When "Zeleni venac" was the lake of Belgrade

Very rarely favored by Belgraders, Zeleni Venac has been equally important over the centuries, but changed purpose several times. In the place that we...
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The history of public transportation in Belgrade - from racing horces to validators (pt. 1)

The history of public transportation in Belgrade - from racing horces to validators (pt. 1)

“Driver, we’re getting off!” was said in public transportation in Belgrade for the first time on 14th October 1892. On that Wednesday, the “driver” shouted...
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Do you know where is the Home for those parted with mind?

Do you know where is the Home for those parted with mind?

This isn’t something we think or talk about much, but the cruel and inhuman treatment of mentally ill people is historically much closer to us than we’d...
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Who was "baba Visnja"?

Who was "baba Visnja"?

An embarrassing confession: I once imagined – as did many people I talked to – that in Vracar, decades ago, there used to live a lovely little granny who...
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City history in the eyes of an alligator

City history in the eyes of an alligator

“Do not cause excess noise near his habitat, that won’t get him to move.” Try to imagine yourself reading this warning. Where are you in that moment?...
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The first cinema in Balkans - night in Belgrade Paris

The first cinema in Balkans - night in Belgrade Paris

It was around the end of the 19th century when a certain gentleman from France arrived to Belgrade, presenting the brothers Lumiere. Mere months earlier...
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Ruzica: Church with a view of the war

Ruzica: Church with a view of the war

The temple dedicated to the birth of St. Marie, Ruzica Church, is considered one of the oldest Belgrade churches, even though it’s not fully known when...
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Belgrade Titanic: the day when the capitol was painted black

Belgrade Titanic: the day when the capitol was painted black

An idyllic September day was suddenly filled with screams when a sudden bout of storm caught the ship “Nis” on the line Belgrade-Zemun. The ship bearing...
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The royal court, lost treasure of Belgrade

The royal court, lost treasure of Belgrade

What today we call the City hall and the presidency of Serbia used to be the Royal court. A majestic structure surrounded by a garden, small lake, tulips...
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The first Belgrade marketplaces

The first Belgrade marketplaces

The story of Belgrade’s marketplaces begins in 1824 when the St. Andrew’s marketplace was founded in Student square, soon to be dubbed ‘Velika pijaca’...
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The biography of a Victor

The biography of a Victor

He has the best view in the city, greets ships and overlooks the joining of Sava and Danube. He’s proud and over a century old. Above all, he is the symbol...
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Generation 5

Generation 5

Beloved for decades and often in the top of music lists, favorite of young and less young. No you’re not wrong – we’re talking about “Generacija 5”. Officially...
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Down the street of king Petar - Belgrade on a smaller scale

Down the street of king Petar - Belgrade on a smaller scale

If you could choose one street in Belgrade to show to a friend who is only here for an afternoon, where would you go? From Sava to Danube from the I to...
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Tower Nebojsa - the proud witness of history on the verge of myth and reality

Tower Nebojsa - the proud witness of history on the verge of myth and reality

Is it Nebojsa’s Tower or Tower Nebojsa? Those who aren’t familiar with the history of our capitol might think about this question for a while and then...
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The centuries old curse of Branko's bridge

The centuries old curse of Branko's bridge

The denizens of the Serbian capitol have been passing down the legend of Branko bridge curse for generations. It is a curse so dark, so powerful and so...
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Great school against the blindness of mind

Great school against the blindness of mind

On the 1st of September 1808 in Dorcol, more specifically in the corner of Gospodar Jevremove and Kralja Petra streets, a group of boys and their families...
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Batal mosque - the former Hagia Sophia of Belgrade

Batal mosque - the former Hagia Sophia of Belgrade

Imagine yourself walking through the “Darol jihad” – the house of wars as the Turks used to call Belgrade in the days of the Ottoman Empire. One foot after...
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The history of Belgrade's sky - life of the astronomy observatory

The history of Belgrade's sky - life of the astronomy observatory

The year is 1932. On the edge of Belgrade, behind Vracar, there is a hill known as Veliki Vracar, the large, mysterious, forested area which at the time...
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