Monastery Rakovica complex consist of church dedicated to St. Archangel Michail and main additional buildings: three lodging (Platonov, Ljubičin and Knežev), dinning room and monks cells (kelije).
Unknown date of construction and unknown founder connect this sacred place with many national legends and myths. First mention of Monastery is in 1502. It is considerate that was build in 14th century first on Avala mounting and in 16th century relocated on present placed. National legend this Monastery connect to kings Milutin and Dragutin, members of holly royal family Nemanjić.
Dates of importance: destroyed 1737-39, 1788-1790, rebuilt in 1791, 1822, 1861-62 and 2008.
Rakovica Monastery decision Patriarch German 1959th was converted into a nunnery.
Located in village Rakovica, 11 km from Belgrade, is for many visitors of Serbian capital off the beaten path. But it is not for many believers of Serbian Orthodox Church and, especially for those who was admirers of life and work of late Patriarch Pavle, by its express wish. In addition to some members of royal family Obrenovic, the monastery was buried and Vasa Čarapić, one of the leaders of the First Serbian Uprising.
Across the road, visit little chapel call Springs St. Petka.
Within gift shop is info point and you can get there all relevant information.
Enter is free from 09-17h every day. On the main gate is arrange small tend and women can here lend a head scarf and plain long skirt, because enter in Monastery ground is mandatory respect and follow an specific dress code. Also covered shoulders for all visitors and long pants for mans.
Avala mountain or more likely hill (because is only 511 m high and for only 11 m is not) is nice natural resort less then 20 km from city center (18 m precisely). It is nice and peaceful place and real contrast to city pavement.
It is not just natural beauty that attract many people here then and his own cultural and historical significant.
Natural park Avala was protected from 1859. In the Middle Ages atop Avala there was a town call Žrnov ( Grain on English), which have important strategic position because from here it is possible controlled access Belgrade. The Turks conquered it in the 15th century and reorder it for your needs. Unfortunately, royal family Karadjordjevic demolish Old fortress and build here new monument - famous Monument to the Unknown solider, beautiful and popular attraction itself. It is dedicated to fallen Serbian soldiers in WWI. That is sculptured by Ivan Meštrović in the form of mausoleum with 8 caryatides (8 female figures, each one representing a woman from a different historical region of Yugoslavia), it was completed in 1938.
Special and significant landmark of Avala is TV tower. Structure high 196 m build 1965, demolish during NATO aggression on Serbia in 29. 4. 1999, rebuild 21. 4. 2010 but higher less then 10 m (204,5 m precisely) is It is currently the tallest tower on Balkan region. I visit only new tower. I enjoy in view over area and here is also restaurant. I pay 50 RSD with ISIC discount (2011).
Besides, those two famous landmarks, on mountain Avala is many others monuments and memorial parks wort to visit. I mention here only few of them: Memorial Park – dedicated to the victims of the WWII, Monument to the Soviet War Veterans and Monument to Vasa Čarapić - Serbian hero of First Serbian Uprising (1804).
Avala is perfect day trip. For longer stay visitors can enjoy in many restaurants and lodging: Hotel "Avala", mountain house "Mitrović home" and Student resort "Čarapićev elm" and others.
Avala is perfect for all kinds of outdoor activity. It has lot a potential for outdoor activities but hiking and biking are very popular. You can see a lot of interpretative maps all around it. There is various forest make this vacation feels like long gateway from cities stress and noise.
How to get here - I found out those information: On weekends during summer time, bus company Lasta organizes open bus rides to Avala. Buses depart from Nikola Pašić Square at 10:00, 13:00, 16:00 and from Avala in 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00. Return ticket costs 500 dinars for adults or 300 dinars for kids. Tickets must be previously purchased in tourist information center at Republic Square, in Lasta offices in Balkanska 35-39 or Savski trg 1a (next to the Railway station).
During weekend, from end of May until the end of August (summer time), public bus line 400 connects Belgrade and Avala. Bus leaves from stop "Voždovac" on every 40 minutes and a single bus ride costs 150 RDS (from bus drivers) or 72 dinars ( trough BusPlus company).
I have been to Avala just outside of Belgrade twice, once in 2004 on a very hot summer day, and the second time in freezing wind in March 2013.
Avala is situated on the Mountain Rudnik, which is 511 km above sea-level - 17 km outside of the city centre. The name "Avala" is not Serbian, but Turkish as so many words in the Serbian language. The Turks ruled here for many centuries thus so many Turkish words in the language. Avala comes from "havala" meaning viewpoint, but that was the name of the fortress of Zrnov on top of Avala.
The fortress is no longer here, but a beautiful mausoleum "Monument to the Unknown Hero" or "Spomenik Neznanom Junaku" to commemorate the WW1 victims. It was raised by order of King Alexander I in 1938 and has got 8 very large statues of Yugoslavian women, each one from different regions in the FYR. It is truly magnificient. The monument is protected.
The view from here is amazing.
There was a TV tower here on Avala, built in 1965, but it was destroyed in the NATO bombings in 1999. When I first visited Avala in 2004 the ruins were still there, but during my 2013 visit a new TV tower had been erected (2010). It is 205 m heigh with a restaurant at 120 m. We were going to visit the TV tower, but on the day we visited it was closed as it was too windy - next time for sure.
There is a winding, narrow road up the mountain of Avala.
A highly recommended visit.
Teta Jeca uciteljica i ovdje me poucila da je ovo Delijska Cesma, a to meni Dinamovcu odmah budi asocijacije na ljutog rivala, "Stela Rossa" di Belgrado. Pretpostavljam da je to omiljeno okupljaliste Delija prije odlaska na stadion. A mozda se ovdje hlade kad im Grobari uvale petardu?
Onako usput, izvan nogoloptackih tema, cesma lijepo izgleda, nisu ni ti Turci bili bas tako jako pogani eto ostavise lijepu uspomenu..
Ne znam cija je ovo kuca bila al' lijepo izgleda, drži vodu, mala i ubava. Sad' je to galerija mala slikarijama ispunjena a koje i nisu bog zna što, cisto mamilo za turiste i namjernike.
Eto, zahvaljujuci mojoj dragoj prijateljici Jeci (JECA011) saznao sam da je ovaj ubavi kucerak zapravo Prirodnjacki Muzej. Valjda je sunce bilo prejako pa sam umjesto zelenjave vidio mazarije.
The town is 45km east of Belgrade, on the E-75 and the Dunav. It has about 80,000 population.
It was the historic capital of Serbia, and it’s real attraction is its fortress overlooking the Dunav. It was built between 1428 and 1430 by the Serbian despot Đurađ Branković. It has been destroyed and rebuilt a few times since then.
Apparently the Nazis used it to store munitions, and it all blew up, causing more ruination.
It’s worth a visit if you’re in the area. It was 100 dinar to get in (less than £1).
The Manasija monastery is near Despotovac, in rural Serbia south east of the city. Its a 90 minute drive - 85 miles, and not far from the southbound E75. Jagodina is the nearest larger town.
I’m not sure why it’s called a monastery rather than convent, as the occupants are all women.
Anyway, very historic. It dates back to the 15th century, and is heavily fortified to try to protect the inmates from expected attack following the Turks’ victory over the Serbs at Kosovo Polje. It contains the tomb of Serb leader from that era Stefan Lazarević, and is one of the country’s most important sites.
Dramatic location, and well worth a visit.
We visited right after a huge thunderstorm had passed through, so it all looks a bit dark in my photos. Sorry!
I’m not sure how you’d get there without a car. I did see tour buses, but they seemed to be for schoolkids. Maybe someone does tourist trips.
If you have a time and probably, find some time for yourself and go to some of the many orthodox churches in Belgrade. You can stay or sit, relax your mind, listen a wonderful choir chants during the morning or evening liturgy and watching the beautiful frescoes on the walls and icons. Traveling around the world I've always visit religious temples and churches because this is the place where you can feel tradition on best way.
The old car museum is nice for a visit if you have one hour left.
The Museum accommodates a part of the collection (40 automobiles) of over 70, which make up the collection. The collection includes old-timers and rare automobiles, which are particularly important for studying of the development and technical progress of car industry with us and in the world.
The collection also includes the automobiles from the fifties, sixties, and seventies of the 20th century, such as: Mercedes 300 C - convertible D, known as Adenauer, from 1956, one of only 51 cars that were manufactured; Jaguar MK2, from 1963 and more.
Also the car of former president Tito is showed in this museum.
Opening hours: 11.00-19.00, except on Mondays and Holidays
Soccer (European football) is probably 1 of the most important sports in my country, so, when you're in Belgrade, it's natural to visit the largest stadium here-Marakana, and the museum of 1 of the greatest teams-Red Star.
Here you can see a unique collection of trophies, presents and photographs that all witness the history of the club.
The Museum of the Football Club Red Star (Muzej FK Crvena Zvezda) was opened on 12 March 1985, 40 years after the club had been founded (4 March 1945).
Near the museum, you can visit the shop selling all kinds of souvenirs with Red Star signs (uniforms, shirts, socks, caps, cups, badges, pens...).
If you are more fortunate than we were and get on a river cruise you will be rewarded with views like this of the fortress Kalemegdan. You can also see on the river's edge one of the many restaurants in Belgrade that take advantage of the beautiful river views.
This picture was taken during a wedding cruise of a family friend. Weren't they lucky for the weather???
Tasmajdan sports centre is a huge outdoor centre in Tasmajdan park, which is in the centre of Belgrade. It is a great place to take the children but it can be just as much fun for the adults too! There are swimming pools, basketball court, ice skating rink, etc etc..i'ts great fun on a hot day!
Here is what they say about themselves on their page ( link provided here )
about student cultural center - skc
* cultural institution of contemporary art with a multimedia character focusing on new media.
* well known for it’s radical programme concept and innovative actions
* always knew to recognise the vital processes in development of the art scene.
* with various types of programs - from film and theatre to exhibitions and concerts attracts younger population, alternative and professionally focused culture consumers.
* an institution with a 35-year tradition and a highly respected image in the country and abroad.
VThis is a view on the Main post office building from the Park of the Serbian Royal Palace (nowdays unfortunately known as "Pionirski park" - Park of pioneers).
One more buidling that survived the Bombings in WWII and NATO agression on Yugoslavia in 1999.
It has been featured just recently, the chance to see Belgrade from the air. At Belgrade airport you can hire a small plane for 2-3 persons and enjoy a 30minute flight over the city. The price is very popular, about 30 euros. I haven't experienced it myself but plan to as soon as I have time.