Belgrade Local Customs

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    Champion’s welcome!

    by Odiseya Written Jun 29, 2015

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    Great tradition at balcony of Assembly of the City of Belgrade and in front of it - celebrate the champions. It start in 1995 with celebration of success of FR Yugoslavia (now Serbia) men's national basketball team and European championship, first success after the boycott was lifted. It was continued with many teams and individuals in every possible sport. After 20 years Belgrade welcome Serbia women national basketball team and several thousand people in downtown Belgrade celebrate their first European championship title ever.

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    Church of Saint Petka and source of holy water

    by Odiseya Written Jun 24, 2015

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    Church of St. Petka in Kalemegdan is one of the most famous shrines of Belgrade.
    Every year on 27th October Serbian Orthodox Church and its believers celebrate Day of Saint Petka (Saint Paraskeva).
    and the place where people come from all over Serbia to drink a glass of water from the source.

    The is written sources since the Middle Ages about this source but no one knows when it is here. What is certain is that all the chroniclers of old Belgrade describe this place as a part of the Serbian population has always been sacred. By all accounts, these water vessels coming to Kalemegdan from the direction of Terazije. The source is tapped, and now lies beneath the church. Tradition says that the healing power but many would say that it certainly speeds up digestion.

    I find out interesting information. The source is suddenly dried up in 1915, and it is popularly interpreted as an announcement of a disaster. That year Belgrade was under occupation. However, water is again expired on 28 February 1918, in the Church of St. Petka this date marked as a holiday.

    Now you can see spring and drink water and bought small beautifully decorated plastic bottle of water. I own one of those.

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    Architecture of Belgrade

    by Odiseya Written Jun 5, 2015

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    Belgrade is huge city with divers architecture style and yet unique and wide known style of architecture. Due to often destruction, beside Kalemegdan, Belgrade is new city for European standards. There are very diverse influence and you could walk from lets say typical Central European parts with influences from neoclassicism, romanticism and academic art and then shortly after see brutalist architecture looking like is from Soviet Union.

    Western influence began in the 19th century. Shortly after liberation and establish independent state Belgrade was completely transformed from an typical oriental town to the contemporary architecture similar to many European capital.

    Belgrade had very fast development and because of contemporary seed of life overpopulated city hardly but slowly accommodated to new influence and circumstances.

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    Scares of Belgrade

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 26, 2015

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    Belgrade is not city that streak you with its beauty. Many would probably say that is very ugly and gray. It takes time to growth to your heart!

    Did you know that Belgrade is one of oldest capital in Europe?! I found information that trace of fortification and settlement on location of today Belgrade can trace back even 7000 years.

    I found information that is estimate that Belgrade trough its long history was totally destroy many time (I find information - 40 times)! OMG, that is bad!
    In last 100 years Belgrade was battlefield five time and that is too much. Our ancestors believed that is bad luck to live on crossroads and there is located city.

    I visited Belgrade often and I see lots of small changes on its looks.

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    Yew Trees of the Congregation church

    by Odiseya Written Apr 10, 2015

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    During my exploration of historical core of Belgrade I was visiting St. Michael's Cathedral (you could find it and under name of the Congregation church). I was interesting to find out more about church but something else attract my attention too. I find many interesting details around church too.

    In front off church there are many trees. I notice some signs there. Yew Trees (Latin: Taxus baccata) are protected as a natural rarity. Two nice specimens of dendroflora are next to enter of church courtyard. There are just few of hiding gems of Old town (Stari grad).

    Yew Trees or precisely two yew trees of the Congregation church (Serbian: Две тисе Саборне цркве, read: Dve tise Saborne crkve) as it was named on signs you could find next to it are very interesting. Not only that the are beautiful trees they are also protected by national law as cultural value of significance of the Republic of Serbia.

    Even trees itself are not unusual it is important to know that besides its natural significant they had and cultural significant as well. There is also folks belief that yew trees protected from evil and people used too to put yew trees branches in child cradle or even sewn into clothing.

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    Murals of Belgrade

    by Odiseya Updated Mar 29, 2015

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    Belgrade (meaning White city) is well known for its grey look but it had also and very colorful parts.

    All over city there are real art peaces on its mostly old walls. History of mural paintings in Belgrade date back to 1970. Belgrade artist Lazar Vujaklija was author of first mural in Belgrade. That first mural in Belgrade in street Bulevar kralja Aleksandra.

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

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    Lucky buoy of Belgrade

    by Odiseya Updated Mar 27, 2015

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    Looking from rivers Belgrade is beautiful. Rivers Sava and Danube are symbols of "White city". But Belgrade is much more and there is many symbols of this old city.

    One of them is and "Lucky buoy". Really, that is real buoy and it represents an attractive detail on the Sava and the Danube, which is believed to make the realization of wishes.

    Lucky buoy of Belgrade is located at the origin point at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Precisely, it is located on 1406 kilometers from the source of the Danube and on 1106 kilometer from Black Sea.
    At this point witch is 12 meters deep is spot where green Sava and gray Danube connects with its 70 tributaries.

    Traditionally at this point people are getting married. It is believed that at this special place united of two rivers can not be separated so even newlyweds will never divorce.
    Not only newlyweds but also any others person on boat has the right to make one wish. It is advised to stand up and make a wish. But be reasonable, it was saying that for greedy ones wishes don't come true.

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    Days of City of Belgrade

    by Odiseya Updated Mar 23, 2015

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    Belgrade had very long history and there are many dates that was important to mention.
    Today official manifestation call "Days of City of Belgrade" celebrate since December 26th 2002. On that date the Assembly of the City of Belgrade decided to start marking the period between the two major events in the history - from April 16 to 19 – as the "Days of Belgrade".

    This is big public manifestation with lots of cultural events.

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    Serbian Sljivovica - rakija.

    by Regina1965 Updated Feb 19, 2015

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    I got "introduced" to Sljivovica 13 years ago, but didn´t try to drink it until 2010. The Serbians were always drinking it when they got together - and lots of it. And they always brought a bottle or two... with them when they got back to Iceland from visiting Serbia.

    Sljivovica - another name for it is rakija - is a very strong brandy made from plums (sliva). The name Sljivovica comes from the name of the town Sljivovitsa in western Serbia.

    Serbs only started producing rakija by the end of the 19th century, but it is said to be of excellent quality. 70% of the 450.000 tonnes of plums produced annually in Serbia goes to making rakija.

    Many Serbians make their own rakija at home, domaca rakija, and the colour is either like water or yellowish.

    The Serbians also use rakija as medicine and when someone has high fever he/she is massaged with rakija. I have been massaged with rakija several times and the fever has always gone down.

    Rakija goes straight to one´s head, so drink it slowly ;) Its alcohol percentage can vary from 40-70%!

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    Visit Belgrade Book Fair

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 23, 2014

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    My favorite reason for visit Belgrade is Belgrade International Book Fair. It held once of year, usually in last week of October.

    Fair is open from 10:00 till 21:00. Books are display in several halls of Belgrade Fair: Hall 1, Hall 1A, Hall 2 and Hall 4.

    It is attraction of Belgrade since 1956. Over the years it become part of schools excursion. Expect big crowd here. Use map on official site to explore their offer. I find easy to navigate trough fair in less then 3 hours (maximum time I spend here as is part of organized tour) and still find time to buy books, attend various lectures, presentations or workshops and simple browsing trough fair.

    Address: Bulevar vojvode Mišića 14, close to Belgrade Central Train station.

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    The month of Mathematics

    by mirchica Written Jul 4, 2013

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    May is the month of mathematics in Belgrade and they celebrate it with an exhibition of mathematical figures, games, brain teasers, etc. It was fun for the kids and the adults too.
    It was situated next to the tourist office on Knjez Mihailo street.

    Which is your favorite formula?
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    Menjachnica

    by mirchica Written Jul 4, 2013

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    Menjachnica or simply said – exchange office but it’s written everywhere with big and light letters MENJACHNICA. You can find it on every corner in the city center and generally the exchange rate is good but of course you know that you have to update it before your visit.

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    Very kind people

    by mirchica Written Jul 4, 2013

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    Is this because I have always liked Serbians or it is for real, but they are very kind people, they smile, they offer their help always and what really amazed me was one old woman who offered us money! We were waiting for the bakery and we were counting our last Serbian money (we wanted to spend everything as we were already leaving) and she turned back to us to offer us 10 RSD. Yes, it’s only 10 cents but she was ready to give us more if we didn’t have enough…it really amazed me!

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    Pionirski park

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    Nakon sto je uklonjena ograda, s kojom je bila opasana rezidencija Obrenovica, nova vlast je iza ''45. ovdje napravila Pionirski park. Mala zelena oaza a sve sa ciljem da Savezna Skupstina dobije brisani prostor koji je lakse nadzirati. Uh, bas sam zlocest u mislima.
    Tu se nalazi i ovaj memorial a prema plitkim reljefima na kamneim gromadama ocigledno je posvecem srpskim vojnicima iz ratova protiv Turaka ili najkasnije iz Prvog rata.

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    Trg....?

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    Jos jedna zgrada burne proslosti, izgradili ju Obrenovici tamo negdje sredinom devetnaestog stoljeca da im bude rezidencija, ali i svim ostalim kraljevima iza njih. Meni se cini, mada nisam siguran, da Petrovici ovdje nikada nisu boravili. Iza Velikog rata nova vlast je ovu zgradu uzela pod svoje. Tu je svojedobno bilo sjediste SIV-a, ako se ne varam. Kasnije je zgrada pripala gradu Beogradu.

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