Belgrade (Serbia)

Belgrade (Serbian: Београд, Beograd) is the capital and largest city of Serbia. The city lies on two international waterways, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where Central Europe’s Pannonian Plain meets the South European Balkans.

Likewise, the city is placed along the pan-European corridors X and VII. With a population of 1,630,000 (official estimate 2007), Belgrade is the fourth largest city in Southeastern Europe, after Istanbul, Athens and Bucharest. Its name in Serbian translates to White city.

One of the oldest cities in Europe, with archeological finds tracing settlements as early as the 6th millennium BC, Belgrade’s wider city area was the birthplace of the largest prehistoric culture of Europe, the Vinča culture.

It was first inhabited by the Thracio-Dacian tribe of Singi who would give the name to the city after a fortress was founded in 3rd century BC by the Celts who named it Singidun (dun, fortress).

It was awarded city rights by the Romans before it was permanently settled by White Serbs from the 7th century onwards. As a strategic location, the city was battled over in 115 wars and razed to the ground 44 times since the ancient period by countless armies of the East and West.

In medieval times, it was in the possession of Byzantine, Frankish, Bulgarian, Hungarian and Serbian rulers. In 1521 Belgrade was conquered by the Ottomans and became the seat of the Pashaluk of Belgrade, as the principal city of Ottoman Europe and among the largest European cities. Frequently passing from Ottoman to Austrian rule which saw destruction of most of the city, the status of Serbian capital would be regained only in 1841, after the Serbian revolution.

Northern Belgrade, though, remained an Austrian outpost until the breakup of Austria-Hungary in 1918. The united city then became the capital of several incarnations of Yugoslavia, up to 2006, when Serbia became an independent state again.

Belgrade has the status of a separate territorial unit in Serbia, with its own autonomous city government. Its territory is divided into 17 municipalities, each having its own local council. It covers 3.6% of the territory of Serbia, and 24% of the country’s population lives in the city. Belgrade is the central economic hub of Serbia, and the capital of Serbian culture, education and science.

Source: Wikipedia

Inside of the international train from Bucharest to Belgrade (second class). The two-way ticket was 50 euro-226 Lei at second class)

The railway station of Vrsac

The New Belgrade railway and Beovoz station

Beovoz train at Novi Beograd "New Belgrade"

Serbian Railways (Железнице Србије/Železnice Srbije). The locomotive is made in Romania, at Craiova

The info panel from the international train

The railway station in Belgrade, from inside

The same station from outside

The tram no 12, near to the railway station

Saint Sava hospital

A building which was bombarded by NATO in 1999

The same building

A public phone which is very rare used 🙂

Car plate from Belgrade

Palata Beograd (Belgrade Palace)

Parking

Police car (Policija)

Serbian cats near to Belgrade Hostel 🙂

On Kralja Milana, near to Terazije Square. The tall building is Albania Palace

Ascension Church from Admirala Geprata 19, which was build in 1863

Brodsko Torpedo TG-53, near to Military Museum, in Kalemegdan Park

Anti-aircraft gun M 1935 Breda 20 mm

German mine

Other german mine

 The confluence between Sava and Danube rivers

The confluence between Sava and Danube rivers

The walls of Kalemegdan fortress

Clock gate with Clock tower

Ružica Church in Kalemegdan fortress

The confluence between Sava and Danube rivers

Are you prepared for attack ?:P

The medieval tower from the time of Stefan Lazarevic (1389-1427)

Humvee vehicle at the entrance into the Military Museum

The entrance into the Military Museum

Medieval demonstration of throwing axes and using arrow

Tram no 9, near to Hostel City Center

Tram no 9, near to Hostel City Center

The statue of Prince Michael "Mihailo" from Republic Square (Трг Републике)

Mihailo Obrenović III, (Михаило Обреновић) Prince of Serbia which has two reigns: 1839-1942 and 1860-1868

Russian Tsar "Ruski car" fast-food

A guide panel from center (you can see the english version)

Hotel Moscow from Terazije Square

Old center

The Spanish Institute "Miguel Cervantes"

Tram no 9, near to Hostel City Center

A nice shop with souvenirs, near to the railway station

Rousse (Bulgaria)

Map of Bulgaria with Rousse

Map of Bulgaria with Rousse

Rousse (also transliterated as Ruse or Russe; Bulgarian: Русе) is the fifth-largest city in Bulgaria with a population of near 175,600.

Rousse is situated in the northeastern part of the country, on the right bank of the Danube, opposite the Romanian city of Giurgiu, 300 km from the capital Sofia and 200 km from the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.

It is the most significant Bulgarian river port, serving an important part of the international trade of the country.

Rousse is known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, which attracts many tourists.

The Rousse-Giurgiu Friendship Bridge, the only one in the shared Bulgarian-Romanian section of the Danube, crosses the river here.

Source: Wikipedia

Giurgiu-Rousse Friendship Bridge

Giurgiu-Rousse Friendship Bridge

Bulgarian marshrutka (маршрутка)

Bulgarian marshrutka (маршрутка)

Strange art in Rousse

A statue near the Rousse Regional Historical Museum

Other strange statue

Other statue in the same location

In the old centre of Rousse

In the old centre of Rousse

Old building in the centre

Olimpia shop for women clothes

Typical architecture of Rousse

Typical architecture of Rousse

A nice street in the old centre

A nice street in the old centre

Shopska salad or "Bulgarian salad" Шопска салата

Shopska salad or "Bulgarian salad" Шопска салата

Menu in Romanian at a restaurant in the center of Rousse

Menu in Romanian at a restaurant, just near to the Dozodno Zdanie or the theatre building in the central part of Rousse

Monument

The Monument of Liberty

Nice buildings

Nice buildings

Pink building

Pink building

One of the principal streets from the old centre

One of the principal streets from the old centre

A monument dedicated for the victory against the fascism

A monument dedicated for the victory against the fascism

The Pantheon of National Revival Heroes (Bulgarian: Пантеон на възрожденците) is a Bulgarian national monument and an ossuary, located in the city of Rousse.

The Pantheon of National Revival Heroes (Bulgarian: Пантеон на възрожденците) is a Bulgarian national monument and an ossuary, located in the city of Rousse.

A park near the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

A park near the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

Some nice blocks near the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

Some nice blocks near the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

Gold-plated dome of The Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

Gold-plated dome of The Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

An indicator panel in the centre

An indicator panel in the centre

Media kiosk

Media kiosk

Tilia tree (Romanian: Tei, Bulgarian: Lipa)

Tilia tree (Romanian: Tei, Bulgarian: Lipa)

Some other places were you can eat and drink in the centre

Some other places were you can eat and drink in the centre

Nice flowers in the centre

Nice flowers in the centre

Fountains

Fountains

Couch with the name Rousse on it

Couch with the name Rousse on it

Near the the Romanian border

Near the the Romanian border

The road to the border to Romania

The road to the border to Romania

The Danube in Rousse

The Danube in Rousse

Near to Danube, on a gangway

Near to Danube, on a gangway

Car plate from Rousse

Car plate from Rousse

An alley near to Danube

An alley near to Danube

A motorboat on Danube

A motorboat on Danube

Rousse TV Tower

Rousse TV Tower

Other view of Rousse TV Tower

Other view of Rousse TV Tower

Rousse TV Tower, the tallest TV tower in Bulgaria and one of the tallest buildings on the Balkan Peninsula (206 m)

Rousse TV Tower, the tallest TV tower in Bulgaria and one of the tallest buildings on the Balkan Peninsula (206 m)

Strange statue

Strange statue which was decapitated by Bulgarian anarchists

I buy this DVD with "Narodna muzika" (Folk music) with all regions from Bulgaria

I buy this DVD with "Narodna muzika" (Popular music) with all regions from Bulgaria