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The five 'Star's Stars'

The five 'Star's Stars'

Soccer club Red Star (Crvena Zvezda) has had the tradition of bestowing the title of 'Stars star" to the players who greatly influenced the club's history...
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Medicine of prehistoric Belgrade

Medicine of prehistoric Belgrade

The time of colds and viruses is upon us! Whether you watch your health or not (whatever that may mean) you can't escape flying germs, simply because we...
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Who was the first to discover Jazz in the Balkans?

Who was the first to discover Jazz in the Balkans?

„You travel all around the world - where exactly can you find jazz and swing? In specific places? “ „No“, says Louis Armstrong, also known as 'Sachmo',...
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Belglrade subway is a story that's been going on for over 70 years now. By the end of the 70's and at the start of the 80's of the 20th century, there...
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"Meet me at the Horse!"

"Meet me at the Horse!"

  Among the oldest buildings in Belgrade is the National theatre, which made the square once known as Republic square known as the Theatre square. It started...
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"Ko nekad u 8" when we listened to 'slager' songs

"Ko nekad u 8" when we listened to 'slager' songs

To set the mood, we need a song in the background: “Devojko mala, pesmo moga grada, sto si mi dala srce puno sna…” We all know this song, and that means...
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The short and exciting history of Serbian robotics

The short and exciting history of Serbian robotics

Did you know that the term ‘robot’ came from the Czech word “robota”, meaning – work? This term appears for the first time in 1920, in the R.U.R drama...
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How many gates does Belgrade have?

How many gates does Belgrade have?

The story of Belgrade gates is the story of Belgrade through the century. It isn’t easy to find a city with such a turbulent past as Belgrade. The clearest...
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New Belgrade's number mystery - who, when and why named the Blocks with numbers?

New Belgrade's number mystery - who, when and why named the Blocks with numbers?

Geometry, integrals and high mathematics fall defeated before the simple question of “How were New Belgrade blocks numerized?” Where is the connection...
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The history we never learned happened in taverns

The history we never learned happened in taverns

You descend into the basement of a stone building, down a musty set of stairs. Your hat is soaked with rain, but you don’t take it off because it goes...
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Belgrade, the city atop 31 hills

Belgrade, the city atop 31 hills

“The Serbs built their house on a road”, were the words of the famous Serbian geographer Jovan Cvijic. Still, when it comes to Belgrade, Serbs mostly built...
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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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