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Belgrade is the capital and largest city in Serbia, located at the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers at the beginning of the Balkans. In English, its name translates to "White City." It was awarded European Capital of Culture for the year 2020.

Inhabited since prehistoric times, particularly by the Vinca peoples, the land on which this city sits has been occupied by various different cultures throughout the ages. It was also ruled by the Thracians and Dacians, until it was conquered by the Romans, invaded by the Celts, and taken back by the Romans again. They named it "Singidun" and established it in 279 BC. By the 2nd Century, it had risen to status as a wealthy and powerful city.

Today, Belgrade is known for its architecture, history, historic castle, rich culture, and beauty.


People Born in Belgrade

Marko Jaric


Belgrade in People's Lives

Lawrence DurrellMy wife Eva and I moved here from London in 1948. Living here gave me material for a new book, White Eagles Over Serbia, which would later be published in 1957. Despite the title, this city was actually part of Yugoslavia at the time that I lived here. I disliked this city, and Yugoslavia intensely, ranking it among my most-hated countries, tied with England. Eva and I had a daughter, who we named after the poet Sappho, in 1951. Eva began to become depressed, and had a mental breakdown. Due to this, we left Belgrade in 1952 so that I could arrange for her to be hospitalized in England.

Marko JaricI was born here in 1978, the son of a former professional basketball player. From a young age, I knew that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Ralph Fiennes: I traveled here as a special guest for the Fest Film Festival in February of 2009. I returned in 2010 to film my own version of Coriolanus, which I starred in as well as directed.

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