Novi Beograd, Belgrade
The New Belgrade is located on the left arm of Sava River. It has very regular and wide streets. It was built in the beginning of the last centuries and now many people live there as most of the buildings are living block from the communist time. But the interesting thing is that it doesn’t seem ugly as usually this type of construction does. The area is now modernized with lots of bike routes. The famous Arena Belgrade is also situated in the neighbourhood. It is the second largest arena for sport and cultural events in Europe and the biggest in Eastern Europe. Its capacity is about 20000 - 25000 people.
There are 2 big shopping malls in Novi Beograd - New Belgrade - called Block 70. The area in Novi Beograd where the shopping malls are located is known as Blokovi - or the Blocks - 72 blocks with no names, as it were, just the numbers.
Block 70 - sedamdeset - consists of 2 large, colourful shopping malls with a big number 70. It is a Chinese shopping center, i.e. owned by Chinese people, some of which employ Serbian assistants. But most of them are Chinese. It is a bit surreal - I got the feeling of being in China.
Block 70 sells both wholesale and retail to the public. When I first visited in 2004 I found that they sold more wholesale, it had a different feel to it in 2013. Every time I have visited 70 it is very crowded. It is on on 2 floors and there is all kinds of stuff for sale, mostly clothes, but also kitchen ware, toys, curtains etc. One can also find knock-off branded goods here, f.ex. Adidas.
Opening hours: Every day (exept Tuesdays) from 10-17.
Parking is a big problem by Block 70. There is a big parking lot in front of the shopping centres, but it is always full. One has to find parking in streets close by if one visits Block 70 by car.
There are many, many Chinese stores in Serbia, in every town I have visited there is one or more Chinese stores. Their prices are the best in town and they have a large selection, so I usually buy the stuff I need there.
This church is the newest Orthodox church in Belgrade. The construction started in 1996 and the church was consecrated in 2001. It was built using donations of admirors of the deeds of St. Vasilije of Ostrog, the Miracle Worker. The very unique thing about this church is its architectual style. The church is rather unique in appearance and worth visiting.
Sava Congress Centre is the place to be for shopping. Hotel Intercontinental is located here and there are also lots of officebuildings. The fountain in front of the hotel is worth visiting at night.
The shoppingcentre is probably the most important architectural building of Belgrade of the last decades of the 20th century.
This was my music school and that is why I like it so much :)
Stanislav Binicki (1872-1942) was a director and composer. He was the first director of the Belgrade Opera and the founder of the "Stankovic" Music School.
It begins at the confluences of Sava and Danube rivers, with the spacious park. The views from the park at Kalemegdan Fort are spectacular.
The large part of New Belgrade represents the communist arhitecture, which, I have to admit is rather uninviting and plain.On the other hand, some parts have nice and modern look such as Sava Center, some Hotels and newly built sport palace- Limes.
The most recently built Orthodox in Belgrade is at the same time the first church built on the territory of Novi Beograd since World War II. The construction started in 1996 and the church was consecrated in 2001. Relying on Christian tradition and on the outstanding accomplishments of the old Serbian builders, the architect Mihailo Mitrovic has chosen shape of ancient Christian rotunda, accompanied with lower annexes and high bell-tower on the west side, as well as three-leafed altar apse on the east. This temple represents, by its composition, a solid and artistically homogenous whole, achieved by a modern construction procedure. It was built using donations of admirors of the deeds of St. Vasilije of Ostrog, the Miracle Worker.
Novi Beograd or big dormitory as we use to say. But you can here too see some intersting sites. For example you can visit Museum of Contemporary Art if you love this kind of art. The Museum has over 35 000 paintings and sculptures by Serbia and Montenegro authors produced between 1900 and present day. The permanent display illustrates the development of 20th century fine arts in our country.
Another museum but this one is not in city center. Take a time and come to Belgrade airport (or if you wait for your flight) and see this museum. The covered display hall includes 47 airplanes, helicopters and gliders, including some of the best known foreign and Serbia and Montenegro types. The permanent display also illustrates the latest achievements of our aircraft industry and airport building technology. Here you can see remains of NATO F-117 “Invisible” plane shoot down in March 1999. Sorry folks we didn’t know it is invisible :))
I lived in Belgrade when life there was not what you’d wish for yourself. I’d say it was somewhat grey. However, there was the red newsstand in Trisha where one could buy almost everything, “from needle to locomotive”. You would not believe what one can put inside two cubic meters box. It was my secret place where I always bought myself a few moments of perfect satisfaction. It is a monument for me. Stop there for cigarettes, maybe you’ll find some magic in it.
During the communist time, “GENEX” was one of the most powerful import-export companies. Company built the building for it business premises (north part) and apartments for employees (south part). On the top, they planed to open rotating-restaurant but… some other time came.
The building is known as “Belgrade West Gate”.
THIS BUILDING HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING I INSTANTLY ASSOCIATE WITH BEOGRAD. IT IS TOTALLY UNIQUE.
THESE TOWERS ARE ALSO KNOWN AS THE WEST GATE OF BELGRADE. ON THE TOP OF THE TOWERS, IN THE ROUND PORTION THERE IS A RESTAURANT. ALSO THERE IS A SIGN THAT TELLS THE LOCAL TIME AND TEMPERATURE. IT IS VISIBLE IF YOU ARE HEADING TOWARD THE AERODROM ON THE AUTOPUT FROM THE CITY.