Although the spirit of Gothic architecture never really found its way in Serbian civil engineering, there are a couple of precious examples that can be seen in Belgrade. One of the most recognizable buildings is certainly the First Town Hospital.
They call it an incident, but it was long time coming. Serbia's struggle for independence in the 19th century lasted more than 60 years. The final act took place at Čukur fountain (ser. Čukur česma), in Belgrade's Dorćol district, in 1862.
On a vast terrain of the Belgrade Fortress there is a pretty big Kalemegdan Park, a place of serenity, nature and walking paths that cuddle the statues of Serbia's finest people. We took a "poetry walk", and said hello to some of the greatest Serbian writers you can meet there.
Like the house on the photo - aged, tormented, gloomy, and worn out, barely standing, cold, scary, and mysterious, but once beautiful and now charming to the inexplicability, Belgrade is the city that has to be understood beyond a simple look.
You find yourself at Terazije square, near the fountain, asking yourself what to do or see next. Well, very few people will advise you to go and see a nonexistent tavern in an unattractive house that barely stands. If anything, at least it is pretty close.
London, Belgrade, like Paris, Texas, on a smaller scale. There is an unofficial London Square in Belgrade, or the whole neighborhood as some locals argue, that the people refer to just as "London". Every local knows it and often meet with friends "kod Londona" (eng. "at London"). Wanna know why?
A 10-minute walk from Republic square will get you to Kopitareva Gradina, a rectangular shaped small park and square bounded by one or two-storey houses and buildings, leftovers of an old Belgrade which disappears.