Following our charming walk through the streets of Novi Sad, we entered Trg Slobode (Liberty Square) from the west. The first thing you notice on entering Trg Slobode from any direction is the beautiful Roman Catholic Parish Church of St Mary’s Name (Crkva imena Marijinog). It was built in the neo-gothic style between 1893 and 1895 on the site of what was previously the cathedral.
In the centre of Trg Slobode is a statue of the famous Serbian leader and mayor of Novi Sad Svetozar Miletić. You can see that Exit Festival had arrived in town as Mr Miletić is in fact holding a beer bottle in that photo!
Trg Slobode is full of fine examples of neoclassical and Baroque renaissance architecture (and I’m slowly learning to recognise these styles). Maja wanted me to take a photo of this building because of the majestic little armoured knight you can see at the top there. I don’t know the name of this building (Serbian friends – help!) but I have seen it described as the Erste Bank or Iron Man Building.
The first time I saw the Novi Sad City Hall, it literally took my breath away. It was built in 1895 by architect György Molnár and is in the neo-Baroque style. Did you know that Novi Sad is twinned with Norwich in England?
I love this shot! It shows the Name of Mary Church with the flags of Serbia, Vojvodina and Novi Sad. Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina province and Serbia’s second largest city.
One of the numerous things that I fell in love with in Serbia was Cyrillic so I delighted in taking photos of the streets signs in English and Cyrillic. In the past two weeks, I have taught myself Cyrillic and am ever so proud of myself!
Speaking of Cyrillic, you can see at the top of this map of Novi Sad that the city’s name is Нови Сад in Cyrillic.
Jovan Jovanović Zmaj was a very important Serbian poet. That is the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George in the background there, known locally as Saborna Crkva.
What I love most about the photo above is not only is it typical of one of the side streets in the city centre but the ever-present graffiti is typical too! Ulica Gimnazijska translates as Gymnasium Street and Ulica Dunavska means Danube Street.
I wonder if you can lives in any of these little buildings? That sounds like an absolute dream to me – living in Novi Sad city centre just off Trg Slobode.
It was beautiful to walk through such a lovely park and cool down after walking through the streets and city centre of Novi Sad. It is such an incredibly beautiful city and I would love to return one day. In fact, I am hoping that “one day” will be next summer.