Моj Beograd

Время публикации: 01.08.2013 20:39 | Последнее обновление: 01.08.2013 20:39

The majority of the players decided to join the excursion organized in Belgrade.

The bus started gathering the players close to eight o'clock.

Bela Khotenashvili, Ana Gavasheli

Alina Kashlinskaya with her mother

Nadezhda Stojanovic, Nino Batsiashvili

Monika Socko, Jolanta Zawadzka

Alexandra Kosteniuk, Diego

Olga Girya, Viktorija Cmilyte

Yulia Kochetkova

...who is also Movsesian

Evgenia Ovod

Elena Sedina

Anna Muzychuk

Sopiko Guramishvili, Ana Matnadze

Sophie Millet, Pavel Tregubov

The excursion on the open-deck bus was a great idea. There were definitely more participants wishing to see the city than 61 seeats on the upper deck, however, it seems that eventually all found some room.

The stories about the places we were passing were available in eight languages.

The buildings destroyed by NATO bombing in 1999 are close to the hotel and the venue of the tournament. 

Maria Manakova who was living in Serbia back then saw all that by her own. She didn't come to the excursion.

Belgrade is full of great parks which should be definitely mentioned. One fo the most famous parks is analog of London Hyde Park and is located in the most prestigious quarters of Belgrade. 

Here's the House of Flowers
the mausoleum of the leader of former Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito.

The Cathedral of Saint Sava was told to be "the largest orthodox place of worship in the Balkans and maybe even in whole Europe", and "What about the Sameba church in Tbilisi?!" Georgian players exchanged surprised glances.  

The skyscraper of 101 meters in the city center.

The parks in Belgrade are really wonderful. The venue of the championship is near to the one called Tashmajdan. You can check some photos from the park in my previous report. Unfortunately I can't remember what is the name of the park you see on this photo. 

This hotel has hosted such stars as Woody Allen, Milos Forman, Michael Douglas, Luciano Pavarotti, Maxim Gorky, anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov... For the latter, however, the hotel might not be that perfect as it has no room number 13. 

During governance of Mihailo Obrenovic (1867) Turks have finally left the city.

The National theatre is on the other side of the square.

Belgrad is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It wasn't possible to see them from the bus...

The Belgrade fortress has a name Kalemegdan which derives from two Turkish words "Kale" (fortress) and "Megda" (battle). Belgrade Fortress is located on top of the 125.5 meters and was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire until the year 1867 when the Turks withdrew from Belgrade and Serbia.

Here's a huge park named Kalemegdan with a Statue of the Victor.  

The shopping center. Earlier this building was used as an office by the League of Communists of Yugoslavian

Where else you can see Marina Romanko and Daria Charochkina having a walk if not in the center of Belgrade? There are two million citizens int he city but we passed by exactly these two chess players.

If we meet Hoang Thanh Trang it should mean that the hotel is somewhere close.

Belgrade. The new European Chess Champion will be determined in this city soon.


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