Little Differences: Serbian Architecture In Belgrade

Here in Serbia, a whole bunch of things are different than they are back in the States.

Some of the differences are big.

 They use the Cyrillic alphabet about 70% of the time. I feel like I'm dyslexic.

They use the Cyrillic alphabet about 70% of the time. I feel like I'm dyslexic.

Some are little.

 Look how seriously they take their Fanta here. That blue flavor is "Elderflower". I swear to god I'm living in the Harry Potter universe right now.

Look how seriously they take their Fanta here. That blue flavor is "Elderflower". I swear to god I'm living in the Harry Potter universe right now.

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:

 Interesting atrium in a New Belgrade building.

Interesting atrium in a New Belgrade building.

 Look at those windows.

Look at those windows.

 Brutalism, baby!

Brutalism, baby!

More Novi Beograd

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. 

 Ada Bridge. We're walking across that sucker. 

Ada Bridge. We're walking across that sucker. 

 Once we made it to the other side. 

Once we made it to the other side. 

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.)

 I really dig the kid's "piggy" umbrella. Moira wouldn't let me try to buy it off her.

I really dig the kid's "piggy" umbrella. Moira wouldn't let me try to buy it off her.

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Serbian Post Office
 Hotel Moskva

Hotel Moskva

 Belgrade can be as gorgeous as any other place in Europe. 

Belgrade can be as gorgeous as any other place in Europe. 

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 Back of the Temple. Wait until you see the front.

Back of the Temple. Wait until you see the front.

 BOOM! This is the Temple of Saint Sava. I can see this thing all over the city.

BOOM! This is the Temple of Saint Sava. I can see this thing all over the city.

 I can see the Temple from here. 

I can see the Temple from here. 

 I can also see the Temple from here. 

I can also see the Temple from here. 

 National Library

National Library

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 St. Marks

St. Marks

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.