Belgrade - Capital of Serbia and City on the Danube and Sava Rivers

The Bay of Kotor, on the Adriatic sea in Monenegro

 

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Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and once was the capital of Yugoslavia. The city sits at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. Cruise ships dock at the foot of the hill where the Belgrade Fortress sits, and the Kalemegdam park and fortress are wonderful places to view the city and the rivers.

With settlement documented back over 7000 years ago, Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Its history the last 2000 years is filled with tumult and war. The city has been destroyed or severely damaged numerous times, and the remnants of the 1999 war can still be seen. However, Belgrade has a fascinating downtown pedestrian area, many churches, and beautiful buildings. St. Sava's Temple is one of the newest and largest churches. It was begun in 1894, and the exterior was completed in 1984. The interior is still a work-in-progress.

The Viking Neptune only spent a half-day in Belgrade on our Danube River cruise, which was just enough to make many of us want to return.

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Belgrade - Confluence of the Sava and the Danube Rivers

Belgrade - Confluence of the Sava and the Danube Rivers
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison

Belgrade was first settled over 7000 years ago, and its location at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers has made it an important city.

The view from the Belgrade Fortress or Kalemegdan looks down on the Danube and Sava Rivers.

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Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, Serbia

Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison
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Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade

Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison
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Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade, Serbia

Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison

Construction of Saint Sava was begun in the 1894 and the exterior was completed in 1984. The Orthodox church is topped with a golden dome.

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Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade

Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison

The exterior of the temple of Saint Sava was completed in 1984, but the interior is still under construction.

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Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade

Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison

This double-headed eagle, which is the symbol of Russia, shows the Russian influence on the construction of this Orthodox church in Belgrade.

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Saint Sava Cathedral - Dome Interior

Saint Sava Cathedral - Dome Interior
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison
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National Museum in Belgrade, Serbia

National Museum in Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison

The National Museum of Serbia sits on Republic Square in the downtown pedesrian district.

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War-damaged Building in Belgrade, Serbia

War-damaged Building in Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison

Although it has been over 10 years since the NATO bombings of Belgrade, many buildings have yet to be rebuilt.

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Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison

Riding around the city of Belgrade, one can see many interesting buildings such as this one.

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Belgrade Parliament in Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade Parliament in Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison

The Belgrade Parliament building was the site of many rallies and public meetings during the tumultuous times of the late 20th century.

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Stork in Downtown Belgrade

Stork in Downtown Belgrade
Belgrade (c) Linda Garrison

I loved strolling Belgrade's downtown pedestrian district and was amused to see that silly advertising promotions are a world-wide phenomena.

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