BINA WALK: FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF OTTOMAN-SERBIAN BELGRADE
Guided by: Katarina Stradner
→ the Clock Tower, Kalemegdan park
During the centuries of Ottoman rule over areas of modern Serbia, Belgrade was an important center of the Ottoman Empire. From the conquest of the city in 1521 to the surrender of its keys in 1867, with minor interruptions of Austro-Hungarian rule, Belgrade has developed according to the model of the Ottoman government. Today the oldest core of the city has preserved the outlines of a culture to which it once belonged.
Belgrade was a meeting point for people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds who shared life together. Getting to know the historical, architectural and urban development of this area can reveal to us the organization of life of the then Belgrade's population, which is the goal of this walk. Since Belgrade had a turbulent history and went through tumultuous and devastating conflicts, the legacy of Ottoman-Serbian Belgrade's is exhaustive. Hence, we can speak of heritage monuments dating from the 19th century, but with exceptions in the past.
The buildings to be visited during these walks should point to the different segments of the social organization of that time. During the tour of the Fortress, through Gospodar Jevremova and Višnjićeva streets, then moving towards the Kosančićev wreath, we'll find out where the Ottoman and Serbian authorities ruled, where the Muslim population prayed, what was the role of Dervish culture in Belgrade, how Serbian citizens lived, where they performed the trade exchange and where they went to the cafes...
Katarina Stradner is an art historian and student of the master studies of Art history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. She is interested in art, visual culture and architecture of the 19th century. Currently, she is working as an associate of an online magazine for design Designed.rs. She acquired experience in working with the public as associate of the Museum of the City of Belgrade in the art items collections: Icon Collection "Sekulić", "Museum of Paja Jovanović" and Residence of Princess Ljubica.