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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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The slopes of Terazije: forgotten dreams of Paris in Belgrade

The slopes of Terazije: forgotten dreams of Paris in Belgrade

A Belgrader’s love for their city doesn’t count if they haven’t at least one wracked their brains trying to imagine “what would our city look like if it...
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Branko Pesic: the mayor who indebted Belgrade

Branko Pesic: the mayor who indebted Belgrade

Gazela, the Mostar loop, Terazije tunnel – these are only some of many famous symbols of Belgrade. But do we know when they originated? Not many people...
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Old steam-powered mill, a building that has guarded the memory of old Belgrade for over a century

Old steam-powered mill, a building that has guarded the memory of old Belgrade for over a century

The early morning silence of Topciderska street is suddenly broken by the huffing of a steam engine. The mills of the First shareholder bread association...
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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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They are "Golden boys"

They are "Golden boys"

“Zlatni decaci” (Golden boys) are a band that stood apart from others in our national scene as one of the most exclusive Belgrade ensembles. This was also...
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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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When the national class chased the ball around Tasmajdan

When the national class chased the ball around Tasmajdan

We welcome all fans of sports and leisure to the first carball game in Europe. Tasmajdan in Belgrade is packed full. A crowd of 1,500 people – that’s 3,000...
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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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Portrait of modern Belgrade through the activities of the artistic group "Mediala"

Portrait of modern Belgrade through the activities of the artistic group "Mediala"

To gather around a singular idea and then make it into something of a breathing, growing entity which surpasses the personal hopes of those who gave it...
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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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Genius tactics against raw power - how did Janos Hunjadi earn the gratitude those opposing the Ottomans

Genius tactics against raw power - how did Janos Hunjadi earn the gratitude those opposing the Ottomans

Even though he didn’t have “pure” Serbian ancestry, he was praised and depicted in many Serbian epics. Ingenious military strategies earned him the respect...
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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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Meet Gligorije, the first book-binder of Belgrade

Meet Gligorije, the first book-binder of Belgrade

On one occasion we mentioned that the entire history of Belgrade is hidden in Kralja Petra Street. Today we include in that the birth of the first bookstore...
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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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