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Oresac is a charming village that is very proud of its contribution to the history of Serbia. There is a memorial fountain in a tiny park which is great for a picnic, and a modest church with a beautiful iconostasis of 24 icons depicting saints and scenes from the history of The New Testament. The local school is built from granite blocks - the residents got a bit fed up of endless memorials to dead heroes and asked the King of Yugoslavia, grandson of Black George, for a school for its future heroes! Oresac is easy to reach from Belgrade, just over an hour's drive away on the road to Topola and Oplenac where the royal mausoleum is located - it makes a great day tour from Belgrade!
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The Princess’s Residence was built in 1831 for Princess Ljubica who was the wife of the first Prince of Serbia, Milos Obrenovic, who secured Serbia’s independence from the Ottomans. The house is located in the heart of Belgrade squeezed between St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Patrichast and the oldest kafana in Belgrade. The front garden is large and the position is such that the house would have had a beautiful view of the confluence of the Danube and Sava from its back garden. The architecture is a mishmash of traditional Ottoman style and then modern European neo-baroque, Napoleon III and Altdeutch styles. Princess Ljubica’s Residence is a historic monument of the Obrenovic Royal Family, conveniently located and a great place to spend an hour or two to get the feel of the era between the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires. It’s a shame there is little information on the person the house is dedicated to – Princess Ljubica herself.
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St George Church is the five-domed church built in the style known as Serbian–Byzantium, a sort of oriental gothic style, between 1910 and 1930, by King Peter I who was a grandson of the founder of the royal family who led the Serbs in an uprising against the Ottoman Empire that had controlled the Balkans for centuries. The revolution was successful, the Ottomans were booted out and in 1811 Karadjordje was confirmed as the lawful ruler of Serbia and his heirs after him. At St George’s Church four of Serbia’s kings and 18 members of the Karadjordje dynasty are buried in the crypt, their tombs made of onyx from Decani in Kosovo, and representing the pearl of Serbia’s cultural and historical heritage. The most important characteristic of church is the mosaic that covers much of the interior walls, made from Murano glass from Venice. The huge candelabra which is made of melted weapons from the Battle of Kajmackalan in WWI and in the shape of the medieval crown of Serbia but upside down, symbolising Serbia’s mourning at the loss of their country at the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. Entry tickets are 300 Serbian Dinars which is around GBP2.5 or Euro 3. The price includes entrance to St George’s Church (the curator is happy to give you lots of information in English), King Peter’s house (a small summer villa built in 1912 for his own use and today a museum), the villa of King Alexander I and Queen Mary (closed to visitors at the moment) and entry to the tower and Church of Our Blessed Lady of Karadjordje Town, dating from 1811-1813.
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The building used to be the most famous hotel in Belgrade, the Serbian Crown, which was due to be converted into the city library. Architects dug out the basement only to find the foundations of a wall and tower of the main city gate from Roman times, part of the northern defenses of the 2nd or 3rd century BC, and around which the settlement of Signidunum (present-day Belgrade) grew. There is a small collection of sculptures, altars and gravestones in the Roman Hall but what is most fascinating is the water pipe which transferred water 10 km away. It is said that when the Ottomans (the present-day Turks) occupied Belgrade and found the pipes they decided to gather all the workers who were working on maintenance and take them back to Constantinople, (present-day Istanbul) to maintain their Roman water pipes. Visit the City Library not juts for books but for an excellent piece of hidden history of Belgrade.
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Smederevo town is just an hour's drive from Belgrade on the right bank of the River Danube. The city was once the capital city of medieval Serbia and today features Smederevo Fortress, a monument to Serbia's glorious past. Entry to the Fortress is free except to the private quarters of the last Serbian Despot, Djuradj Brankovic and his wife. This part is restored too and it’s used for open-air performances today. Within the inner part of the fortress you can find the ruins of the Church and Turkish bath. There are also 25 towers of which some are in bad condition and dangerous to go near for photos. If you are visiting Smederevo Fortress do not miss the opportunity to see the excellent City Museum which is located opposite the fortress on the way to the central city square. The museum has two floors plus a small garden full of artefacts not just from medieval Serbia but from the Roman period.
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