Yugoslavian Ministry of Defence


The most dramatic ruin from NATO's 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia is this masterpiece of postwar architecture that once held the Ministry of Defence of Yugoslavia. The bombed-out site lies mostly untouched after three direct hits (two in April and a third nine days later) and is considered a makeshift monument (the Cyrillic banner reads, 'Serbian Ministry of Defence and Army'). There are plans for a Nemanjić dynasty museum here, but for now, it's a grim reminder of the Yugoslav Wars.

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1. Museum of Ivo Andrić

0.27 MILES

Established four decades ago, this sparse memorial museum is housed in the apartment where Ivo Andrić lived from 1958 until his death. The author of The…

2. Historical Museum of Serbia

0.45 MILES

Hosts temporary well-done exhibitions on Serbian history, usually surrounding events and/or personalities, over three gallery spaces.

3. Nikola Tesla Museum

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Meet the man on the 100RSD note at one of Belgrade's best museums, where you can release your inner nerd with some wondrously sci-fi-ish interactive…

4. Sveti Marko Church

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This huge five-domed church, based on the design of Kosovo's Gračanica Monastery, houses priceless Serbian icons and the tomb of Emperor Dušan 'The Mighty…

5. Russian Church


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6. Museum of Illusions

0.56 MILES

This 2018 newcomer is a delight for the kiddos. Spread over two floors of hands-on, interactive illusions – explained in English, German and Spanish in…

7. Museum of Automobiles

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8. Sveti Sava Temple

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