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Things to do in Serbia include visiting the capital of Belgrade and the second city of Novi Sad, seeing the Ottoman sights in Nis, and discovering medieval monasteries.
Belgrade, meaning white city, lies at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. An architectural mix of grandiose buildings and Soviet-style blocks, visitors will find examples of Serbian neo-classicism, art nouveau and neo-Byzantine masterpieces of civic and sacred art.
Novi Sad was founded in 1694, and today is overlooked by the impressive Petrovaradin Fortress, while locals roam the pretty parks and chat at local cafes.
Scattered around the country are the picturesque medieval monasteries of Studenica, Sopocani and Manasija; each built in a different century – the 12th, 13th and 14th respectively. These Unesco world heritage sights, remain the keepers of Serbian faith and Byzantine art.
The Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, which dates back to the 17th century, has a long history – the citadel has been destroyed over 40 times. Today it contains a military museum and extensive parkland overlooking both the Danube and Sava rivers.
The Royal and White Palaces in Belgrade are the former residences of the imperial family. Commissioned by King Alexander I in the 1930s, these palaces contain various artefacts and paintings belonging to the royal family.
The Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad is regarded as one of the greatest and best preserved 18th-century fortresses of its kind, with recent excavations providing evidence of habitation dating back to the Palaeolithic period.
Visit the Ottoman sights of Nis, one of the oldest cities in Europe and Serbia's third largest city. See the 18th-century Fortress of Nis, the Skull Tower (Cele Kula), a monument to the Serbian revolutionaries killed during the Battle of Cegar, and the remains of Mediana, an imperial villa from the late Roman period located on the road leading to Sofia near EI Nis.
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