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Novi Sad – Slobode Square

Novi Sad – Slobode Square

This is the main square in Novi Sad.

Pedestrianised zone
There are life size, fabricated cows located in spots throughout the square.
Each one has been painted up and has the name of the local artists responsible on a placard at the base.

There is a Catholic Cathedral in the square which faces off the town hall. Impressive from the outside, it’s in a Gothic brick style with the classic Gothic circular windows.

Slobode Square

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Novi Sad

Novi Sad

A day trip from Belgrade and Serbia’s second city.

The city means ‘New Planting’.

An hours drive out of Belgrade once you overcome the city traffic/bridges/one ways’/slavic signposting.

Belgrade – Attractions – Nickola Tesla Museum

Belgrade – Attractions – Nickola Tesla Museum

Now for those of you not familiar with Nickola Tesla, of which I am one, he brings to us a number of important developments in the 21st century. And a classic example of a well meaning inventor/artist/creator who died a poor and lonely man.

Great Inventions
Just to fill you in, here are some of the things we can accredit to Nickola Tesla:

  • Radio
  • The AC motor
  • Modern electric supply grid

A brilliant man, Tesla worked through a method of visualisation.
As opposed to ‘trial and error’, Tesla conceived all his inventions mentally, and consigned the designs to paper, the drawing board then to be built.

Together with Westinghouse, they built the worlds first Hydro-plant in Niagara Falls CA.

Hands on
The museum is small. There is a demonstration and video which through about half an hour with some hands on jiggery pokery, high voltages and van dem clarke balls, illustrates some of Tesla’s inventions.

Spoon bender
Tesla invented a radio controlled boat. When demonstrated, onlookers were so astounded, they were convinced he was controlling it with the power of his mind.

Low frequency weapons
He also discovered low frequency weapons, often only heard about amongst kooks and conspiracy theorists.
These are used by governments to invisibly attack dissidents and foreigners alike using a certain frequency band to produce ill effects in targets.

He also developed something called the death ray.
That’s right, not an invention of B-movies, it really exists and Tesla invented it.
He intended to solve word conflict.
Nobody was interested.

Ripped Off
Perhaps the most famous is Tesla’s invention of Radio transmission.
Patented, yet later taken and adapted by Marconi for which he received the Nobel prize.

Tesla was a great man who illustrates to us the importance of lawyers.
And, if you think people are out to get you, they generally are.

Belgrade – Attractions – Orthodox Church

Belgrade – Attractions – Orthodox Church

Much of Serbia’s population, up to 85%, follows the Orthodox religion, which is why Slobo was successful in stirring up hate against the other minorities.

A new experience
I have never attended an Orthodox service before, but it was something to behold.
The priests actually sing the service. Not a word is spoken.

Great stuff.

It made me want to go again.

Belgrade – Attractions – St. Marks Church

Belgrade – Attractions – St. Marks Church

Located next to the houses of parliament, when I visit, St. Marks has a wedding party in attendance.

I am surprised by the number of reasonable looking Serbian women.

Comfort in Cash
Obviously they don’t have the same problems with comfort eating as we do in the UK.

east vs west
The church of St. Marks with it’s domed spires is a mish mash of east and western influence. I was lucky, the wedding had moved all the pews giving an impression of floor space.

I could move around to get the right pictures.

Belgrade – Attractions – Castle Kalemegdan

Belgrade – Attractions – Castle Kalemegdan

Perched up on a hill, Caste Kalemegdan has a great view down on the river below.

The castle started it’ s existence in the 14th century. ‘Kale’ means castle.
It’s surrounded by a park ‘megdan‘ which has exhibits from artists writers and poets year round.

In addition, there are some large guns, remnants of the old days used to launch assaults on the German bombers in WWII.
There’s some good little panzers.

If you’re into cannons or bombs, or a bit of a war buff, you will surely find this exciting.

Atop the complex is a picture of Victor the Victorious, dedicated to Serbian victories in the Balkans conflict 1930-2.