The City Hall
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, and the country's hub in culture, finance, entertainment, politics, and sports. Over 1.6 million people call Belgrade home, and many more tourists visit the beautiful city. The historic neighborhoods, cathedrals, palaces, fortresses, and monuments are testaments to the city's rich heritage. Of the many sightseeing options in Belgrade, The Old Palace is a major tourist attraction that's worth exploring.
Currently known as the City Hall of Belgrade, The Old Palace is one of the most prominent buildings in the city that has a history of hosting the country's leaders. The Old Palace, known as Stari Dvor in Serbia, was designed by Aleksandar Bugarski in the architectural style of Academism. It was originally constructed in 1882 for the Royal Obrenovic family that ruled Serbia at the time. For the early part of the twentieth century, the building was occupied by a new dynasty, the Karađorđević family.
The Old Palace was damaged multiple times during Belgrade's dark days in World War I and World War II. After the second world war, the building was repaired, but with drastic alternations to its original architecture. Two domes were removed and an entire section of the building was completely changed. After the war, the Old Palace has been occupied by the federal government and National Assembly until 1961. From that point, the Belgrade city assembly moved in, and the building became known as the City Hall.
After withstanding more than 100 tumultuous years, The Old Palace still retains its appeal. Today, it is located at the intersection of Dragoslava Jovanovića and Kralja Milana streets. Beautiful colorful gardens surround the Old Palace's 19th century facade that consists of sculpted columns and multiple balconies. The garden is full of public benches, and the building is open to the public for regular inside tours. Tourist booths throughout Belgrade's streets offer visitors the opportunities to take the tours of the City Hall.