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Vračar Plateau (St. Sava's Plateau)

Vračar Plateau (or St. Sava's Plateau) is located in the wider center of Belgrade, in Vračar district, on the top of the hill, 134 meters above the sea level. It is the place where you can admire one of the biggest Orthodox and Christian churches in the world - St. Sava's Church.


StSavaChurchThis is the place where, according to the mainstream historians, Turkish Grand Vizier, Sinan Pasha, burned St. Sava's remains (brought from the monastery of Mileševa in southern Serbia) on April 27, 1594. However, others argue that, in fact, this event took place at today's Tašmajdan Park. Nevertheless, this served as the inspiration for Serbian people who, in loving memory of St. Sava, exactly 300 years after, in 1894, took the initiative of building a grand cathedral on the spot of the incineration.

NationalLibrary 1Finally, after more than a century of constructing, in 2017, the exterior of the church (or "temple" as the Serbs call it) was finished. Now, the works are carried out inside, to complete the mosaics.

KaradjordjeMonumentThe architectural design of St.Sava's Church is comparable only to the Haghia Sophia in Istanbul and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. it is one of the 5 largest orthodox churches in the world, and the largest one in the Balkans (South-Eastern Europe). .

Beside the church, the National Library of Serbia is located on this plateau, as of 1973.

Monument to Karadjordje (eng. "Black George"), grand leader of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Turks in 1804, and symbol of Serbian struggle for freedom, is placed at the corner of Plateau. His descendants founded a royal dynasty, with Petar I Karadjordjević being the king of Serbia (1903-1918), and with Aleksandar Karadjordjević, the king of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1921-1929, from 1929 until his assasination in 1934 king of Yugoslavia). Prince Alexander Karadjordjević is currently heir to the Serbian throne, but nowadays Serbia is a Republic, by Constitution.

Across Bulevar Oslobodjenja avenue, there is a nice park named "Milutin Milanković Park", in hounor of the world famous Serbian mathematician, astronomer, and climatologist. His monument is placed in the center of the park, in front of the meteorological observatory.

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Vračar Plateau is close to one of the main traffic points in the city - Slavija square (5 minutes on foot). It is also a couple of hundreds of meters away from the Highway (E-70/E-71/A1), if you move further along. And, on foot, if you take the overpass above the highway, you'll find yourself at the football stadiums of FC Partizan (32 000 seats) and FC Crvena Zvezda (55 000 seats), within 15-20 minutes.

The Clinical Center of Serbia, with the circle of hospitals, the ER, and the Faculty of Medicine, is positioned at the border of the Plateau covering a large area all the way to the Highway and Kneza Miloša street (approx. 1km long and 300 meters wide).

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