Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
monument to Stefan Nemanja, Grand Prince of Serbia
Stefan Nemanja (1113-1199)

The most iconic figure from Serbian history, who united Serbian lands and laid foundation to a powerful Serbian medieval state. He is the founder of Nemanjić dynasty, who effectively ruled Serbia for almost 200 years.

Monument to Borislav Pekić, writer
Borislav Pekić (1930-1992)

Borislav Pekić is a famous Serbian writer, one of the most prominent literary figures of the 20th century. He was also involved in politics, and was one of the founders of the reestablished modern Democratic party. He is represented sitting on the steps between flower shops and coffee bars and restaurants, in a bohemian manner.

Belgrade Victor

The main symbol of Belgrade, standing on the Belgrade Fortress, overlooking the confluence of river Sava into the Danube. (photo courtesy of Shelley and Scott, from Weier Outta Here)

Monument to Branislav Nušić, writer
Branislav Nušić (1864-1938)

One of the most iconic figures of the Serbian literature. He is best known for his satirical pieces where he criticized Serbian society of the time. He also worked as a journalist and in diplomacy.

Monument to Cyril and Methodius
Cyril and Methodius

Dedicated to the enlighteners who spread literacy among Slavic people in the 9th century.

Monument to Desanka Maksimović, poet
Desanka Maksimović (1898-1993)

One of the leading Serbian poets. She also translated literary works from different languages. She was awarded with great many prizes and recognized by the Serbian state as a person of high cultural impact and importance.

Monument to Dimitrije Tucović, politician
Dimitrije Tucović (1881-1914)

Dimitrije Tucović was a Serbian socialist. He was a prominent thinker, political leader, and publisher. He died at Kolubara Battle at the beginning of the Great War, as a commander of battalion.

Monument to Djura Jakšić, painter and writer
Djura Jakšić (1832-1878)

Djura Jaksic was a famous writer and paintor, and possibly the most influential representative of Serbian romanticism. He was a well known bohemian, and his monument is placed at Skadarlija bohemian district, in front of his house, which is now an art gallery.

Monument to Dositej Obradović, enlightener
Dositej Obradović (1739-1811)

Reformist and enlightener, the first Serbian Minister of Education. One of the key figures in Serbia's spirituial revival after centuries under the Ottoman rule.

Monument to Gavrilo Princip, Serbian Hero
Gavrilo Princip (1894-1918)

Regarded as a hero among Serbian people, Gavrilo Princip assassinated Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, which was used as a motive for outbreak of the Great War (WWI) in 1914.

Monument to the hanged at Terazije square

This monument was errected in 1983 to honour five members of the resistance who were hung in 1941 by the Nazi Germans and left for days on a public display, hanging at the principal Belgrade's square - Terazije.

Ivo Andrić (1892-1975)

Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961. He lived and worked in Belgrade, where he produced his masterpieces, mostly describing quotidian life of Serbs and Muslims during the Ottoman rule over the Balkans.

Josif Pančić (1814-1888)

Considered as the father of Serbian botany. He found a new type of Pinophytae on the Serbian mountain Tara, which was called after him "Pančićeva Omorika" (commonly "Serbian Spruce"). Also, the highest peak of Mountain Kopaonik in southern Serbia was named "Pančić's Peak" in his honor.

Jovan Cvijić (1865-1927)

Considered to be the founder of modern geography in Serbia, he was president of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and rector of the University of Belgrade. Cvijić is represented on the Serbian note for 500 dinars.

King Alexander I Obrenović (1876-1903)

The King of Serbia, assasinated with his wife Draga in 1903, in what has been known since as the May Coup, which marked the end of the reign of dynasty Obrenović and inauguration of dynasty Karadjordjević.

Prince Mihailo Obrenović (1823-1868)

With his diplomatic efforts, Prince Mihailo managed to persuade Turks to peacefully leave Serbia, effectively gaining the full state of independence, and it is considered one of the crucial figures in Serbian history. In 1867 he got the keys of the City of Belgrade from the Ottoman rulers. He was brutally assasinated in 1868.

Prince Miloš Obrenović (1780-1860)

The monument to Knez Miloš (eng. "Prince Miloš") is located in Kneza Miloša street (eng. "Prince Miloš street"), which was named after him. Prince Miloš was the leader of the Second Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Turks, and founder of Obrenović royal dynasty.

Mihailo Petrović aka Alas

Mihailo Petrović was prominent Serbian mathematician. He was also a professor at Belgrade University. His passion was fishing, thus his nickname "Alas" (eng. "fisherman").

Milorad Pavić (1929-2009)

Milorad Pavić was one of Serbia's greatest modern writers and novelists.

Nadežda Petrović (1873-1915)

The most famous Serbian female painter and Serbia's most influential impressionist and fauvist. During the Balkan Wars (1912-13) and the Great War (WWI) she worked as a nurse, but also as the first ever female war-photographer. She died of typhus as a result.

Nikola Pašić (1845-1926)

The monument to Nikola Pašić is located in proper Nikola Pašić square, in the very center of the city. He was one of the key political figures in Serbia in the early 20th century, prime minister and leader of Radical party.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)

One of the greatest inventors of all times. His inventions enabled us to use the electricity, to create the internet, to build various kinds of technical equipment and appliances, in short, to live the way we do right now.

Nicholas II of Russia (1868-1918)

Nicholas II Romanov is a very important figure for Serbia as he directly influenced the salvation of the Serbian army in the Great War (WWI) threatening to pull away from the war if western allies didn't help Serbia by sending ships to the island of Corfu and rescue Serbs in retreat before much larger Austro-Hungarian and Bulgarian manpower. After that, the Allies helped Serbia, the army recovered and ultimately broke the Salonica front liberating the country.

Karadjordje (eng. Black George, 1762-1817)

Leader of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Turks. The Karadjordjevic royal family, the only Serbian surviving royal family, originates from him.

Petar II Petrović Njegoš (1813-1851)

Njegoš wrote the most important epic in Serbian language "Gorski Vijenac" (eng. Mountain Wreath"). He was the ruler of Montenegro (also called "Serbian Sparta" as this province successfully resisted Ottoman conquerors over the centuries) during Serbian national renaissance. Njegoš is represented on the Serbian note for 20 dinars.

Monument to dock workers killed during WWII

The monument was errected in 1952, to comemorate the workers on the pier who died during the Second World War (1941-1945).

Patriarch Pavle (1914-2009)

Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Widely recognized as one of most beloved spiritual leaders, because of his modesty, humility and wisdom.

Vojvoda Petar Bojović (1858-1945)

Field Marshal Petar Bojović was a famous Serbian military commander who fought in the Serbo-Turkish war, Serbo-Bulagrian war, in the Balkan Wars, in the Great War and in the WWII.

Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)

Monument dedicated to the famous Russian poet, one of the most remarkable figures of Russian litterature and in general one of the key figures of modern poetry.

Milutin Milanković (1879-1958)

Milutin Milanković was a world famous Serbian mathematician, astronomer, and climatologist. He contributed greatly to world science, explaining the cycle of ice ages and rectifying the calendar, among other things.

Rigas Feraios (1757-1798)

The monument to Rigas Feraios (ser. "Riga od Fere") is located near the main entrance to Belgrade Fortress, at the beginning of Riga od Fere (Rigas Feraios) street. Rigas Feraios was Greek revolutionary, and writer. He was the first victim of national uprisings agains the Ottoman Turks. He was tortured and murdered in Belgrad, in Kula Nebojša (eng. "Nebojša Tower").

Monument to the victims at Staro Sajmište camp

One of the biggest Nazi concentration camps during WWII in this region was at Staro Sajmište, on New Belgrade's bank of the river, next to the Tram Bridge. This momument was errected in 1995 to honour the victims.

Simeon Roksandić (1874-1943)

Simeon Roksandić was one of the leading Serbian sculptors.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)

The second and most recent monument of Nikola Tesla in Belgrade.

Saint Sava (birth name Rastko Nemanjić, 1174-1236)

Saint Sava was the first archbishop of the independent Serbian Orthodox Church (1219) and spiritual leader of Serbs throughout the centuries. Serbs deeply respect St. Sava. He is a corner-stone of the Serbian tradition and national pride.

Vasa Čarapić aka

Serbian hero who died in the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Turks. The monument in his honour was errected at the spot where he was killed, at today`s Republic square, in front of the old Veterans Club building.

Eternal Flame

The 30-meters high monument was errected in 2000, to comemorate the victims of the 1999 NATO bombardment of Serbia and Yugoslavia.

The Victor

This monument is considered to be Belgrade's main symbol and landmark. It was errected to honour Serbian victory in the Great War (WWI) and to celebrate peace, thus naked man holding a sword in one hand and a pidgeon, the symbol of peace, in the other.

Vojin Popović aka Vojvoda Vuk

One of the famous and highly-decorated military commanders from the Balkan Wars and the Great War (WWI), during which he died heroically at the Battle of Kajmakčalan.

Vuk Karadžić (1787-1864)

Considered as the father of Serbian language, he reformed Serbian alphabet, inforced popular language into literature, made the first dictionary, collected popular songs and heroic epic poems. His legacy to the Serbian language is priceless.

Milan Rakić (1876-1938)

Milan Rakić was one of the most famous Serbian poets who brought language to perfection in his poetry.

Belgrade Monuments

Belgrade is paying dues to the extraordinary people who influenced Serbian history, art, and culture, as well as to the events that shaped our national being. Here we presented to you the monuments that stand out in the wider center of the city, with an explanation for you to better understand Serbia and its people.