Trg Nikole Pašića
Trg Nikole Pašića, also known as Nikola Pašić Square is one of the major squares located in downtown Belgrade. It is named after the former mayor of Belgrade who went on to become the Prime Minister of all Serbia in the period before the First World War. There is a statue of him in the square, although it is otherwise largely open. The square has been called the “navel” of Belgrade since it is located south of the more densely populated and busy downtown areas. In recent years an effort has been made to install more green space in the square and convert it into a pedestrian park and meeting area, ringed by cafes and restaurants.
Nikola Pašić Square was built during the 1950s as part of a reorganization project to make Belgrade more amenable to foot traffic and more enjoyable for the residents. It overlooks the National Assembly building and is connected to the city’s central square, Republic Square, via a pedestrian road. The square was originally named “Marx and Engels Square” by the Yugoslav Communist Party, who razed the area and leveled the hills in order to make the square honor the famous Communist ideologues. The name was quickly changed after the fall of Communism, and the area has become a popular destination for tourists or locals looking to go out for an afternoon.
The center of the square is dominated by one of the largest fountains in all of Serbia, which stands in front of the History of Yugoslavia museum. Some parts of the square are open to traffic but most of it is pedestrian. Sometimes portions of the pedestrian area are closed off for market sales or seasonal sporting events. The shopping district of Bezistan is also located on the border of the square, enabling visitors easy access to Belgrade’s finest shops.