Belgrade’s Republic Square – Wanna meet?

Belgrade, Republic Square

If you want to discover Belgrade, the central Republic Square would be a good place to start. It is the center of the city in many ways: surrounded by some of Belgrade’s most recognizable public buildings and streets, it is one of the busiest places in the city. It is also a main transportation hub with many lines of public transportation passing through the square.

In the middle of it all, the iconic statue of Prince Mihailo Obrenovic riding a horse has become a main meeting point in the city for local young people. It was Prince Mihailo, a Serbian prince of the Obrenovic royal dynasty, who obtained the keys of Belgrade, ending the 500 year Ottoman rule of the country in the 19th century. The main pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova, next to Republic Square was named after Prince Mihailo as a tribute to him and the period that represented a fresh start for the country.

The present square was formed after the 1866 demolition of the infamous Stambol Gate, the main gate of the Belgrade Fortress (named after the road which led through it to Constantinople) and the construction of the National Theatre in 1869 which is one of the most well-known public buildings surrounding the emblematic horse statue along with the building of the National Museum.

The current name, Republic Square, was given in honor of the proclamation of the Republic of Yugoslavia in 1945.

Today, Republic Square hosts concerts, protests and various other events. Numerous fast food and pizza stands surround the square.

Why visit: Meeting point, People, Knez Mihailova street, National theatre, Cafes, Fast food, Public transportation hub.
Also known as: Trg, Trg Republike, Pozorišni Trg, Kod Konja (at the Horse), Centar

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