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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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How the janissaries killed the mother of Serbs

How the janissaries killed the mother of Serbs

Hadji Mustafa Sinik-oglu who was the vizier of Belgrade between 1893 to 1801 was the fiercest opponent of the janissaries and fought against their return...
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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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Bajloni brewery: the smell of beer over Balkans

Bajloni brewery: the smell of beer over Balkans

Belgraders enjoyed beer as a beverage as early as the 19th century. Namely, inside a certain building on the corner of Cetinjska and Skadarska street,...
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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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Neven: the art that you wear

Neven: the art that you wear

A small window in Cika Ljubina street, up until recently displaying silk bowties, each of which was a work of art, has a 40 years long history. Today this...
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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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Send your daughter to school so she can learn to work - or, what you could learn in housekeeping schools

Send your daughter to school so she can learn to work - or, what you could learn in housekeeping schools

„The young girls these days are atrocious! They dress up for a runway just to go to school and those 'senfies' they hang in their computers nowadays? Every...
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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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Meet the man who ruled Yugoslavian skies

Meet the man who ruled Yugoslavian skies

Legend says that once you find your life calling, the world impossible no longer exists for you. Even when you are feeling low and you realize that perhaps...
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Fast food in Belgrade throughout centuries

Fast food in Belgrade throughout centuries

Our elders tend to say that back in the day life was slower. Kind of unhurried. There was no rush nor did people run around like ‘headless chickens’. However,...
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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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My name is Popov, Dusan Popov

My name is Popov, Dusan Popov

Many men wished they could be in his shoes for at least a short while. Handsome and refined, the man called Bond – James Bond became the role model for...
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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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How the old Sava bridge was saved

How the old Sava bridge was saved

How far would you go to defend something that’s important to you? Important enough you’d risk your life for it? For Miladin Zaric, a teacher from Belgrade...
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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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VIVA VOX - more than a choir

VIVA VOX - more than a choir

If you ever found yourself in Zemun and if, while you were touring its beautiful parks and taverns, you happened to notice a band of jolly fellows making...
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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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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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Jovan Bulj - the star of Belgrade's traffic lines

Jovan Bulj - the star of Belgrade's traffic lines

If you compared the streets of Belgrade to the way they were around 50 years ago, you would probably think that you are looking at pictures of two different...
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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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Dragutin Ilic - the author of the world's first sci-fi drama

Dragutin Ilic - the author of the world's first sci-fi drama

Serbs are a people with a diverse history in storytelling, myths, superstitions and various more or less fantastical tales. Ever since the pagan and Slovenian...
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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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The mirror of real world around us: Ekaterina Velika

The mirror of real world around us: Ekaterina Velika

That fall of 1981 three guys in their early twenties were too good, almost acrobatic, in taming the sounds of Yugoslavian “New Wave” music. In that social-political...
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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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The war tales of Belgrade: bloody October 1915

The war tales of Belgrade: bloody October 1915

  On that historical “Vidovdan” day in 1914 Gavrilo princip assassinated the Austro-Hungarian prince Francis Ferdinand and his wife Sophia and began one...
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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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The tale of the first television set

The tale of the first television set

That summer of 1938 a lot of dust was kicked up before the Autumn fair in Belgrade. Even though it was only its second year in a row, it was predicted...
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If tunnels could speak: the oldest house in Belgrade

If tunnels could speak: the oldest house in Belgrade

If you ever find yourself in Dorcol in Cara Dusana street near the street number 10, then you should know that you are standing in front of the oldest...
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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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