Here in Serbia, a whole bunch of things are different than they are back in the States.
Some of the differences are big.
Some are little.
But one of the easiest differences to notice right away is the architecture.
Communist Concrete In New Belgrade
That title isn't entirely true. Yugoslavia, the now defunct country made up of Serbia and its Balkan neighbors, was never really Communist. It was a Socialist state ruled by a dictator named Tito.
But a large amount of the architecture does remind me of the grey, concrete buildings in the USSR I remember seeing in textbooks as a kid.
Check ‘em out:
Crossing The Sava River On The Ada Bridge
The Ada Bridge is a famous landmark in Belgrade and one of the most celebrated cable-stayed bridges in the world.
The bridge connects the municipality of New Belgrade (where all the socialist architecture is) to part of Old Belgrade.
Old Belgrade Architecture
Belgrade is the crossroads between East and West. So it's been caught in conflicts between different empires for its entire existence.
When the Austrian empire would take the city, it would destroy all the Ottoman buildings. When the Ottoman empire would take the city, it would destroy all the Austrian buildings. And back and forth.
So there aren't ancient buildings like in other European areas, but there are beautiful structures that reach back a century or two.
Keep scrolling to take a look at some of Old Belgrade's finest architecture. (That I've seen so far.)
That's Enough Pretty Buildings For One Day
Don't you think?
If you see any more amazing Serbian Architecture, you're probably going to want to come and stay with us.
And that is the last thing we want.
When are you coming to visit? Let me know in the comments so I can buy enough cookies ahead of time. Thanks.