Thursday, June 3, 2010

Enjoy the Zemun

Belgrade, May 31. 2010. (Serbia Today) - If you come to Belgrade you have to visit a very special part of the Serbian capital- Zemun. Situated on the bank of river Danube Zemun offers peaceful ambient. Rafts, fisherman taverns, restaurants are just some of attractions of Zemun  quay. This once independent settlement, whose name was derived from the word “zemlja” meaning “earth”, is conveniently positioned on the right bank of the river Danube, and on the very border with the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. The story of Zemun starts in the “copper age”, and throughout history Zemun has been under Byzantine, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and finally Serbian rule. Since 1934, it has been regarded as an integral part of Belgrade. Nowadays, numerous historical monuments stand as proof of its attractive position, while this “town in the city” continues its development into a modern settlement. Indeed, Zemun has all the right reasons for showing-off and you will immediately fall in love with it.  It has numerous cultural and historical sites, such as the Millennium Tower, fantastic fishing areas, rafts, floating or non-floating restaurants. It is also home to the "Madlenijanum" theatre and opera house, famous cafés with even more famous gastronomic wonders, galleries, and finally, shops where long-forgotten, decorative or usable objects are being manufactured. If you visit Zemun don’t forget the museum in Spirta’s house (18th century), the solar clock house(1823), Jovo Karamat’s printerhouse  (19th century), Icko’s house (18th century), remains of a medieval fortress (11th century), The Millennium Tower on Gardos(1896), the Old Magistracy building (1832). The International festival of monodrama and pantomimes, The International festival of caricature, “Zilik“ painting colony, “Summer on the quay“, etc. Once home to an internationally famous European port Zemun has maintained the old tradition of hospitality; Zemun quay is an ideal place for a city escape or a side stop to all those cruising the Danube on their way to the Black sea. Also, Zemun can be proud of its almost untouched oasis, a local beach called Lido, situated on the Big war island.

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