The Old Palace is a legendary building with legendary gardens.
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9 Legendary Buildings You Should See In Serbia
Serbia? Yes, Serbia! This vacation destination offers it all, including some incredible outdoor activities like skiing and whitewater rafting. Alongside its fantastic outdoor space, Serbia is a nation with a rich and vibrant history, and it boasts the arts and architecture to prove it! Surrounded by Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania, this over-800-year-old-country has ancient ruins and modern architecture all in the same place. Let’s check out some of Serbia’s legendary architecture; you can go whitewater rafting later!
- Singidunum: Now part of Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, Singidunum is a stone fortress dating back to the third century B.C. It was originally built by the Celtic Scordisci tribe, and additions to its architecture over the centuries have been made by the Austrians, Romans, Serbians, and Turks. Singidunum is considered one of the legendary landmarks in Belgrade.
- Gamzigrad: Built in the third century A.D., Gamzigrad is a remnant of the Roman rule over Serbia. Emperor Galerius had Gamzigrad built, and what remains of the legendary Zajecar site has earned UNESCO World Heritage Site standing. View the remains of temples, palaces, and the gates that surrounded them, and then take a load off at the spa.
- Studenica Monastery: Located near Kraljevo, the Studenica Monastery is a Serbian Orthodox monastery built in the 12th century. Its legendary claim to fame is that it is one of Serbia’s most grandiose monasteries. Inside the establishment’s walls are not just one but two churches, built in stunning white marble, and numerous Byzantine-era fresco paintings.
- Church of Jug Bogdan: Let’s fast-forward to the 14th century and visit the legendary Church of Jug Bogdan. The Prokuplje locals refer to the Church of Jug Bogdan as the “Latin church” because it was built during a period of Venetian residency. The Church of Jug Bogdan sits on the same land where a temple previously dedicated to Hercules once stood.
- Dizdar Tower: Built in 1405, the Dizdar Tower, or what remains of it, is an original landmark of the Serbian Despotate, a Serbian state that was eventually conquered by the Ottoman Empire. Up until the Ottomans, however, the Serbian Despotate was an influential and powerful medieval European state. The Dizdar Tower sits in Belgrade and is what remains of this 15th century protective fortress.
- Old Palace: Well, technically, it’s called the Stari Dvor, which means “old palace.” The Stari Dvor was built to house the royals of the Obrenovic dynasty – that was from 1817 to 1842 and 1858 to 1903, although the palace wasn’t actually built until around 1882. This legendary landmark has seen damage in both world wars and is now home to Belgrade’s City Assembly.
- Cathedral of Saint Sava: A few buildings back, I said that the Studenica Monastery was one of the largest monasteries in Serbia. The Cathedral of Saint Sava is the largest Orthodox Church in the entire world! The church is named Saint Sava after the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Cathedral of Saint Sava was built in Belgrade in 1895.
- National Bank of Serbia: No, I haven’t lost my mind! Yes, a national bank building is making our legendary list. Trust me – you have to see this bank! The National Bank of Serbia, located in Belgrade, began construction from 1888 to 1889 and finished construction from 1922 to 1925. So what makes a bank building so legendary? Neo-Renaissance architecture and elaborately painted ceilings!
- National Museum: Yes, you’re seeing a theme! Serbia’s National Museum, also located in Belgrade, was erected in 1902, expanded in 1930, and rebuilt after World War II. The war claimed the museum’s original dome, which was not included in the rebuild. Dr. Lazar Trifunovic, museum director during the 1960s, lobbied for and won a new dome to keep with the building’s historical architecture.
Here are some more resources all about the amazing and legendary architecture of Serbia:
- Things to Do in Serbia
- 10 Things to Do in Serbia
- Top 10 Things to Do in Serbia
- Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius
- Studenica Monastery
- Inside Stari Dvor “Old Palace” in Belgrade (video)
- National Bank of Serbia Visitor Center
- National Museum in Belgrade