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Victor
Victor

Author: Ivan Meštrović (Belgrade Fortress; erected in 1928) Meštrović initially designed a sculpture to be set up as part of the drinking fountain on Terazije in 1912, but the public was against having a nude male figure set up in the city centre. After World War I the project was cancelled and thus the Victor was set up on Kalemegdan in 1928 and came to represent a symbol of Belgrade....

Monument to the Unknown Hero
Monument to the Unknown Hero

Author: Ivan Meštrović (on Avala; erected in 1938.) Monuments to unknown heroes were erected in all allied countries during the years after World War I, and Yugoslavia joined in this endeavour. The monument was built for four years and it holds the remains of an unknown hero. It is shaped like a sarcophagus on a plinth with six steps. Caryatids line the sides, symbolizing an honour guard....

Monument to the Defenders of Belgrade from 1915
Monument to the Defenders of Belgrade from 1915

Author: Kolja Milunović (Along the Danube banks, at the Sports Centre; erected in 1988) The monument bears the words of major Gavrilović’s order: “At precisely three o’clock the enemy is to be dispersed by a forceful advance, crushed by your bombs and bayonets. The honour of Belgrade, our capital, must be preserved. Soldiers, heroes, the High Command erased our regiment from its standing numbers. Our regiment has been sacrificed for King and Country. You have no need to worry for your lives, for they exist no more. Therefore, onwards to glory! Long live the King! Long live...

Monument to the Liberators of Belgrade 1806. (Karadjordje’s Park)
Monument to the Liberators of Belgrade 1806.  (Karadjordje’s Park)

The oldest of the public monuments in Belgrade was erected in 1848 by Prince Alexander Karageorgevich in memory of the liberators of Belgrade from the First Serbian Uprising. It was reconstructed in 1889 by King Aleksandar Obrenović....

Monument to the Conscripts of the Third Call
Monument to the Conscripts of the Third Call

Author: Stamenko Đurđević (Karadjordje’s Park) The monument was created by sculptor Stamenko Djurdjevic, 1923. year.They lifted him Conscripts of the Thurd Call Seventh Infantry Regiment National Army, in memory of their comrades killed in World War I....

Black Horses at Play
Black Horses at Play

Author: Toma Rosandić (Kralja Aleksandra Boulevard; set up in 1938) Composition ’’Black Horses at Play’’ created in bronze and placed in front of the Serbian Assembly. It is the work of the famous sculptor Toma Rosandića. Thus, the playful horses came before the Board Rosandića 1938th years and today there are the eternal watch. For this sculpture are two related anecdotes. The first is actually a joke, which is told in Belgrade that the two sculptures of the poetic names do not mean just the game and the struggle between man and nature, but to a man who symbolizes...

Monument to Vuk Karadzic
 Monument to Vuk Karadzic

Author: Đorđe Jovanović (Kralja Aleksandra Boulevard; erected in 1937) The monument to Vuk Karadžić, the great reformist of the Serbian language, was erected by the Belgrade municipality on one of the largest city squares. It represents a figure both humble and monumental, just as Vuk was, humble as a person, magnificent and inimitable as an author. Vuk Stefanović Karadžić (1787-1864, reformer of the Serbian language). Worked as a scribe in the Sovjet (Government) following the First Serbian Uprising, then as a teacher and state clerk. Left for Vienna after the failure of the...

Monument to Dositej Obradovic
Monument to Dositej Obradovic

Author: Rudolf Valdec (University Park) The monument was erected in 1911 in front of the former National Library in Knez Mihailova Street, and was moved to its current spot in 1930. Dositej is represented in mid-stride, with a cane in his right hand and a hat in his left. The monument bears the inscribed maxim: “Learning in stride, look to the centuries!" Dositej Obradović (1739-1811, writer, philosopher, pedagogue and national luminary). Left for a monastery as a young man, but later renounced his vows, travelled the world and studied at the universities of Europe. Ranks among the...

Monument to Ivo Andric
Monument to Ivo Andric

Author: Milenko Mandić (Andrićev Venac; erected in 1992) The monument to the greatest Serbian and Yugoslav writer of the 20th century, the Nobel Prize winner for literature, is located at a salient of the Pioneer Park, near the building of the Presidency of Serbia. As a sign of respect and in memory of the long-time fellow citizen, the monument was erected by the Ivo Andrić Foundation, the City of Belgrade and the Republic of Serbia to mark the one hundred year anniversary of the birth of our Nobel Prize winning author. Ivo Andrić (1892-1975, Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1961)....

Monument to Milos Crnjanski
Monument to Milos Crnjanski

Author: Drinka Radovanović (Kalemegdan Park; erected in 1993) A dominant spot on Kalemegdan is occupied by the monument to the writer Miloš Crnjanski, erected to celebrate the one hundred year anniversary of his birth. Miloš Crnjanski (1893-1977, poet, storyteller, novelist, drama writer). One of the most prominent representatives of the modern literary expression in Serbia after World War I. Worked as a professor and journalist and joined the diplomatic corps in 1928. World War II found him in Rome, whence he departed for London, only to return to Belgrade in 1965. He started...

Monument to Despot Stefan Lazarevic
Monument to Despot Stefan Lazarevic

Author: Nebojša Mitrić (Upper Town; erected in 1982) The bronze statue, 320 cm in height, depicts Despot Stefan. Belgrade first became the capital of the Serbian state during his reign. The monument was set up as a gift of the author to Belgrade on the 30 year anniversary of his artistic work. The plinth bears motifs with medieval symbolism and the inscription “I hath found the most beautiful place of antiquity, the overlarge city of Belgrade”.  Despot Stefan Lazarević (1377-1427, Serbian ruler). Became prince at the age of twelve, following the death of Prince...

Monument to Karadjordje
Monument to Karadjordje

Author: Sreten Stojanović (Plateau in front of the building of the National Library of Serbia; erected in 1979) A bronze sculpture, 320 cm in height and dominating the environment, was set up on a hill on a plateau in front of the National Library and the Temple of St. Sava, in memory of Đorđe Petrović – Karageorge. Đorđe Petrović (1768-1817, leader of the First Serbian Uprising). The Turks called him Karageorge – Black George. Once a shepherd in Šumadija, then a village cattle trader. Spent his youth resisting Turkish violence, first as a hajduk, then as a brave...

Monument to Prince Mihailo Obrenovic
Monument to Prince Mihailo Obrenovic

Author: Enrico Pazzi (Republic Square; erected in 1882) Mihailo Obrenović (1823-1868, Prince of Serbia). The son of Prince Miloš and Princess Ljubica, he first came into power following the death of his elder brother Milan (1839). The sultan confirmed him to be an elected, but not a hereditary prince. Toma Vučić initiated an uprising in August 1842 and forced him into exile, bringing Alexander Karageorgevich to the throne. He spent six years outside the country and during this time assisted many Serbs working in literature (Vuk Karadžić, Đura Daničić, Branko Radičević and...

Monument to Vojvoda Zivojin Misic
Monument to Vojvoda Zivojin Misic

Author: Drinka Radovanović (At the Belgrade Fair; erected in 1988 on the 70th anniversary of the breach of the Thessaloniki front). Vojvoda Živojin Mišić (1855-1921, Vojvoda - Field-Marshal, one of the most prominent Serbian military commanders). Took part in all Serbian wars between 1876 and 1918. During the Balkans and the early stages of World War I he was an assistant to the head of the High Command Staff. In the Battle of Kolubara he was the commander of the First Army, where he was particularly noted and received the rank of Vojvoda (Field-Marshal). During the breach of...

Monument to Vojvoda Stepa Stepanovic
Monument to Vojvoda Stepa Stepanovic

Author: Drinka Radovanović (Kumodraž, in front of Stepa’s birth house) Vojvoda Stepa Stepanović (1856-1929, prominent military commander). Took part in all Serbian wars between 1876 and 1918 in various positions of command. Commanded the Second Army during the Balkans War at Adrianople. During World War I he organized the mobilisation and concentration of the entire Serbian army. Thereafter he commanded the Second Army that crushed the Austrians on Cer (there to receive the rank of Vojvoda – Field Marshal) and was noted at the Battles of Drina and Kolubara, as well as the...

Monument to Nikola Pasic
Monument to Nikola Pasic

Author: Zoran Ivanović (Nikola Pašić Square; erected in 1998)  Nikola Pašić (1845-1926, politician and statesman). Became a civil engineer at the Polytechnic School in Zurich. A social-democrat during his early youth, thereafter taking part in the formation of the Radical Party and elected as the first president of its Main Council. Pašić spent 48 years in the political life of Serbia. He was president of the National Assembly, Prime Minister, president of the Belgrade municipality, envoy of Serbia in Russia… Pašić signed the Corfu declaration in...

Monument to Archibald Reiss
Monument to Archibald Reiss

Author: Marko Brežanin (Topčider Park; erected in 1931) Doctor Archibald Reiss (1876-1929, publicist, professor of the University in Lausanne, famous criminologist). Invited by the Serbian Government to conduct a survey of the Hungarian, German and Bulgarian atrocities from World War I. Lived on the Thessaloniki Front between 1916 and 1919 and grew so close to the Serbian people that he decided to remain in Belgrade forever. Received the Medal of Courage for his work, but Reiss always pointed out that the gratitude of the Serbian people was the sole reward for all that he has done during...

Monument to Petar II Petrovic Njegos
Monument to Petar II Petrovic Njegos

Author: Sreten Stojanović (Plateau in front of the Faculty of Philosophy; erected in 1994) Petar II Petrović Njegoš (1813-1851, bishop and ruler of Montenegro). One of our greatest philosophers and poets. As a young ruler brought order to the political environment in the country and around it: organized courts, obtained an increase in Russian assistance, established the Senate, erected the first primary school and founded a printing press. Raised on national epic poetry, he wrote poems of the struggle against the Turks....

Monument to Nikola Tesla
Monument to Nikola Tesla

Author: Frano Kršinić (Plateau in front of the Technical Faculty; erected in 1963)  Nikola Tesla (1856-1943, inventor of the alternating electrical current). Following his European education and service in Maribor, Pest, Paris and Strasbourg, Tesla left Europe forever in 1884. He left for New York, there to enter the environment of the most renowned inventors of the time, those that can be said to have “invented the 20th century”, accelerated technological development and changed the face of the Earth. Author of nearly 1,000 patents and inventions in the field...

Monument to Dimitrije Tucovic
 Monument to Dimitrije Tucovic

Author: Stevan Bodnarov (Slavija Square – the mortal remains of Dimitrije Tucović were moved and buried there in 1947) Dimitrije Tucović (1881-1914, leader of the social-democratic movement in Serbia). Graduated at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade. He was the chief editor of the party theory magazine “Borba” (“Struggle”) and a representative in the Parliament. Wrote frequently and with temperament, took part in international socialist meetings, translated from the German language. Died during World War I at the Battle of Kolubara in 1914, as an officer of the...