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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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The parallel IT universe of  Yugoslavia

The parallel IT universe of Yugoslavia

One of the principles of Communism in the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia was that the national production should be independent from foreign...
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How did the "Gospodara Vucica" street get its name?

How did the "Gospodara Vucica" street get its name?

On the very border between Belgrade’s municipalities Vozdovac and Vracar spans a broad street with a memorable name. Not only does the word “gospodar”...
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Belgrade's "Great Wall" - the longet building and the pride of block 21

Belgrade's "Great Wall" - the longet building and the pride of block 21

Like a wall which separates Westeros from the Far North in “Game of Thrones” in the New Belgrade’s Block 21 the “Meander” building boldly reaches up into...
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The Partybreakers - because the "Party goes on"

The Partybreakers - because the "Party goes on"

The band “Partibrejkers” (Partybreakers) was founded in the summer of 1982 and had their first performance in the fall that same year, in Dadov Youth Theatre...
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"Hajduk's" drinking fountain

"Hajduk's" drinking fountain

“The “Bijelo dugme” concert has certainly moved many borders – everything was full. I remember that after the concert Goran Bregovic was in a hurry to...
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Belgrade's Skadarlija - from a bohemian quarter to an ethnic-style attraction

Belgrade's Skadarlija - from a bohemian quarter to an ethnic-style attraction

Skadarlija. It is a curving street which exudes the spirit of old times and the piled up footsteps of bohemians, actors and poets who are drinking deep...
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"Sava" perfume shop in Belgrade takes you back in time

"Sava" perfume shop in Belgrade takes you back in time

From Kosancicev venac to Knez Mihailova down Dorcol towards Cara Dusana street, goes one of the oldest streets in Belgrade. The street called “Kralja Petra”....
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