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Diverse Faces of Belgrade

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August 2022 | 5/2022 | Conference | EALTHY Blog

                                        Religious – Bohemian – Military/Cultural                                                                                                                   

On your way from the conference venue, you can´t miss St. Sava Temple, a religious symbol of Belgrade. 

There are another two churches of significant importance to Serbian culture. When you cross Slavija Square, you can admire St. Mark Orthodox Church and Holy Archangel Michael Orthodox Church.

Passing by, you can discover the streets of a bohemian quarter called Skadarlija. Finally, climb a hill of the Belgrade fortress, a complex of historical, military buildings, venues for cultural events and outdoor areas for leisure activities, and enjoy a walk in the Kalemegdan Park.

St. Sava Temple is the largest Orthodox church in the region and one of the largest churches in the world. The temple is dedicated to Saint Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox church and one of the most important figures in Serbian history. Architecturally, the temple’s dome resembles that of the famous Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, after which it was modelled, and due to this fact it is often referred to as the ‘’New Hagia Sophia’’. The construction started in 1935, but due to wars, politically turbulent periods and other misfortunes, it has not been completed yet, which is why is it sometimes compared to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia.

St Mark´s Church is a Serbian Orthodox church located close to the Parliament of Serbia. It was built in the Tašmajdan park in 1940, on the site of an old wooden church from the 19th century. It is dedicated to the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark and was built in Serbo-Byzantine Revival style. The decoration of its interior has not been completed to date.

Skadarlija is to Belgrade what Montmartre is to Paris. Its origin dates back to the early 19th century, but it acquired its bohemian character at the very end of the century when its numerous kafanas (Eng. inns) suddenly became popular among some prominent writers and actors of the time. Tri šešira (Eng. Three hats), which was established in 1864, is the oldest kafana in this quarter and it is still welcomes its numerous guests. This family-friendly pedestrian zone offers traditional Serbian cuisine at reasonable prices and is an excellent spot to get to know the unique spirit of Belgrade.

The Holy Archangel Michael Orthodox Church, built in the 19th century, is famous for its gold-plated carved iconostasis. The church treasures some valuable objects from Serbian history, and it is the resting place of some important historical figures.

The Belgrade fortress, which consists of the old citadel (divided into Upper Town and Lower Town) and Kalemegdan Park, boasts one of the best panoramic views in town. Owing to its turbulent past, which dates back to the 3rd century BC, the fortress has a lot to offer to modern tourists – historically important towers and churches, numerous fountains and statues, Observatory, etc. In addition, several museums, including the Military Museum, and the Zoo, are located in the Upper Town and Kalemegdan Park. The vast space of the Lower Town is often chosen for great open-air concerts.