Belgrade, as one of the oldest cities in Europe, has undergone great changes throughout its history, the traces of which we can see on the streets of the city. The architecture makes it special, because it can be found in the typical Central European style, Turkish style in the old town, as well as the most modern architectural styles in New Belgrade. In the following text, we will single out some of the most beautiful buildings and monuments in Belgrade.
The two buildings that are impossible to bypass if you walk through the city center are certainly The National Theater and The National Museum, which are located on the Republic Square. Back on March 12, 1868, Prince Mihailo decided to build a theater building near the place where the Istanbul Gate was located. It is interesting that its destroyed parts are located in the foundation of this institution. The construction was completed in 1869, and on October 30 of that year, the first play was performed – “The Posthumous Glory of Prince Mihailo”.
The building of the oldest Serbian museum institution, The National Museum, was built in 1903 on the place of the once famous “Dardanelles” tavern. It was created according to the project of architects Nikola Nestorović and Andre Stevanović after the competition in which they won the first prize. It was originally the building of the Fund Management, ie the state Mortgage Bank, but after the Second World War, when the building was renovated, one of the most important state cultural institutions moved into it.
Prince Mihailo Monument is also located on the Republic Square, one of the most famous places where people meet. It was built in 1882, and its author is the Italian sculptor Enrico Paci. The monument is made of bronze and consists of three parts: a stand, a pedestal and an equestrian statue.
If you have walked around Kalemegdan at least once, you have certainly had the opportunity to pass by and take pictures next to Pobednik (The Victor), another of Belgrade’s main landmarks. It was built in 1928 on the occasion of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the breakthrough of the Thessaloniki front. It consists of a male figure with a falcon in his left hand and a lowered sword in his right hand made of bronze. Sculptor Ivan Meštrović originally imagined it as a fountain on the topic of the liberation of Southern Serbia from the Turks, but he gave up this idea after financial impossibilities after the First World War.
Bourgeois houses in Knez Mihailova Street at numbers 46, 48 and 50 were created in the seventies of the 19th century. Those are the houses of Veljko Savić (46), Krstina Mehana (48) and Hristina Kumanudi (50), and their construction marks a break with traditional “Balkan” architecture.
The new symbol of our city, and at the same time the tallest building in Serbia, is the Belgrade Tower / Kula Belgrade. It is part of the “Belgrade Waterfront” project and represents a 42-floor solitaire which is 168 meters high. The architects were inspired by the nearby Belgrade rivers, which is why this building has a curved shape that represents the confluence of the Sava and the Danube. At the very top of the building, there will be a 360-degree lookout that will be available to all visitors to Belgrade, in addition to the tenants and guests of the hotel.
You can experience the beauty of these and many other buildings of our city, as well as the panorama of Belgrade, by cruising by our boat “Horizont”, where a good time and great atmosphere are always waiting for you.