ASSEMBLY OF THE SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
Belgrade is a very charming and pulsating city, situated at the most spectacular and strategic location, by the
confluence of two big rivers, the Sava and Danube. It is one of the oldest towns in this part of Europe, though its
present-day appearance gives an impression of a relatively new city. It has always been on the crossroads connecting
the West and the East. An ancient Roman stronghold situated at the same place was known as "Singidunum". The
name "Beograd" is of Slav origin: it means "White town" and was introduced for the first time in the 9th century.
Belgrade became the capital of the medieval Serbian state in 1404. The city had been destroyed and rebuilt 40
times in its history. Not a single other city in Europe was bombed 5 times only in the 20 century!
Belgrade is situated in South-Eastern Europe, on the Balkan peninsula. It lies at the point where the river Sava
Merges into the Danube, on the slope between two alluvial planes. The river waters surround it from three sides,
and that is why since ancient times it has been the guardian or river passages. Because of its position it was properly
called "the gate" of the Balkans, and "the door" to Central Europe. Along the ridge of the slope, from Kalemegdan,
along the Knez Mihailova street, across Terazije to Slavija, stretches the main city traffic artery.
At Knez Mihailova Street, the coordinates of Belgrade are marked:
20 27' 44'' of eastern longitude
116,75 m altitude
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