Here’s a compilation of interesting yet not too useful facts and figures from Belgrade’s history, geography and culture. If you were looking for useful facts and figures, check this page.
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- In the end of the 19th century there were about 70 mosques in the city. Today only one remain, the Bairakli (Flag) mosque in Dorćol, the historic part of the town.
- Belgrade was the second city in the world to have a Grand Prix race in 1939, right before WWII. The first was Monte Carlo.
- Legend has it that the grave of Attila the Hun is located somewhere in Zemun.
- The largest single pylon bridge in the world is Belgrade’s new Ada bridge. The pylon itself is 200 meters tall, being the second tallest structure in Belgrade.
- Almost every square meter of downtown Belgrade is a grave. That’s not too surprising having in mind the long and turbulent history of this city.
- The Roman aqueduct of Belgrade served fresh water to the city for over 18 centuries. Stretching from the southern suburb of Mali Mokri Lug to the center, the aqueduct supplied the city with water for 18 centuries until it was destroyed by the Turks at the beginning of the 19th century. Apparently, the citizens of Belgrade were so good maintaining it, that some were resettled by the Turks to Constantinople (Istanbul) in order to maintain their aqueduct.
- According to another legend, Kalemegdan and Gardoš hill in Zemun are connected by a tunnel going below the Sava river.
- Medieval Belgrade castle was located where the Victor statue stands today. It was destroyed in the 17th century, when the powder magazine located below it was bombarded.