The largest city in Serbia and its capital, Belgrade is a known name for its political and cultural importance, but less frequented by travelers than it ought to be. The city has its roots in the 4th century BCE, and is an important part of Serbia’s history ever since the first Celtic tribes settled here. It lies at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, and was for centuries identified as Singidunum, a Roman Empire city. Even today, Roman relics can be found in Belgrade, like the towering Kalemegdan Fortress. These photos offer a glimpse into the treasures of Belgrade. ALSO READ: Athens Photos: A Glimpse into the Cradle of Western Civilization Also Read - Thousands brave snow to rally against Serbia populist leader

Kalemegdan park in early morning in Belgrade

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Knez Mihailova Street, a most famous street and the main shopping mile of the city

Knez Mihailova Street. The most famous street is the main shopping mile of Belgrade. Belgrade, Serbia Also Read - Train slams into bus in Serbia; 3 killed, 22 injured

Republic Square, one of the central town squares and an urban neighborhood of Belgrade

Republic Square or Square of the Republic on September 23, 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia. One of the central town squares and an urban neighborhood of Belgrade



Saint Sava temple, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, and its fountain in Belgrade

Saint Sava temple with fountain in Belgrade

The Pobednik monument and fortress Kalemegdan on a beautiful summer day

The Pobednik monument and fortress Kalemegdan in Belgrade, Serbia in a beautiful summer day

Office buildings ensemble located in a new business center on Belgrade

Office buildings ensemble located in a new business center on Belgrade

Aerial night view of old Belgrade, with Slavija Square, St Sava Temple and Avala Tower in the background

Aerial night view of old Belgrade, capital of Serbia with Slavija Square, St.Sava Temple and Avala Tower in the background

Belgrade cityscape from the Sava river in Serbia in a beautiful summer day

Belgrade cityscape from the Sava river in Serbia in a beautiful summer day

Belgrade panorama with the temple of Saint Sava

Belgrade panorama with temple of Saint Sava

Hotel Moskva in downtown Belgrade, with pedestrians and Terazijska fountain

Belgrade Photos A Look Into the Lesser Known Serbian Capital

Bridges of Belgrade from the Kalemegdan Fortress

Bridges of Belgrade from the Kalemegdan Fortress

Kalemegdan Fortress in the night, ancient Singidunum

Kalemegdan Fortress in the night, ancient Singidunum

After the Roman era, Belgrade changed hands several times, between the Hungarian kingdom, Serbian Despotate, Habsburg Empire and Ottoman Empire, until Serbia’s independence in 1878. Belgrade was the seat of a Nazi puppet government during World War II, thus falling under the radar of Allied bombings until its liberation. What followed were decades of struggle, first under the Yugoslav communist regime, followed by NATO bombings and violence during the Yugoslav wars. NOW READ: Photos of Valencia That Will Tempt You to Visit the City of Oranges

It wasn’t until 2006 that Belgrade became what it is today: the capital of the independent Serbian republic. The city is still very young, but it has grown since then, evolving a unique character from the influences of past rulers and its own complex history. Its spirit is warm and welcoming, with a vibrant nightlife, cafe culture and Mediterranean and Eastern European flavors.