Beograd

September 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

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Beograd, the capital of Serbia and former capital of Yugoslavia is quite evidently a place where power has been, and still is, excercised. It reminded us a lot of Rome. The atmosphere here is much more relaxed than in Croatia and people enjoy staying out till late and having a drink in one of the many cafés that line the city centre streets. The city is still wounded by the NATO bombing of 1999, but you could feel it as just another layer of history laid on it. Built at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, the origins of this city date to the 6th millenium b.C. It is one of the oldest settlements in Europe.

Tito

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While we were visiting Belgrade we couldn’t refrain to pay homage to the resting place of Josip Broz, better known as Tito. The ruler of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia lies in a very modest building, far removed from the grandeur of other socialist mausoleums. The Kuća cveća is a modern and simple building, a sort of mix between greenhouse and school gym. It was a sort of summer office to Tito, during his rule, and he expressed the desire to be interred here after his death. We guess this underlines the peculiarity of this man, who probably did not want to be buried in an “aligned” way. The mausoleum has been closed and left unguarded for almost ten years after the breakup of the federation but now it has been reopened to the public.

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