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Postscript on Belgrade

The (once?) famous b92 station and Christen Farmer‘s b92 blog “Grumpy in Belgrade” (also published as a book). Nicola Tesla museum and airportCorruption measures compiled by Transparency International. Euro Money country risk assessmentSaint Sava’s Temple, “Belgrade’s Sagrada Família.” Property market and country assessment by Global Property Guide.

National Bank of Serbia

The NBS occupies a beautiful 19th century residence with a visitors’ center in Belgrade’s city center as well as a large modern complex nearby.

In 1875, the first Dinar was minted. After Serbia’s independence in 1878, the country joined the Latin Monetary Union and Dinar and Franc could be exchanged at parity. In 1884, the Privileged National Bank of the Kingdom of Serbia was established. A businessman contributed to the capital of the Bank and served as governor. The National Bank continued to operate as the Kingdom of Serbia turned into the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1918); the union of South Slav states; Yugoslavia; and the Republic of Serbia (Videos).


A few miles east of today’s Belgrade lies a Vinča settlement that dates back to 5000 BC. The Vinča civilization relied on fishing, farming and mining (copper); the Vinča people built houses along streets; and they exchanged goods. They also used an early form of proto-writing (sources: Belgrade tourism site, Wikipedia).

Alex Whitaker writes on his site Ancient Wisdom:

In 1908, the largest prehistoric Neolithic settlement in Europe was discovered in the village of Vinca, just a few miles from the Serbian capital Belgrade, on the shores of the Danube. Vinca was excavated between 1918 and 1934 and was revealed as a civilisation in its own right. Indeed, as early as the 6th millennium BC, three millennia before Dynastic Egypt, the Vinca culture was already a fully fledged civilisation. A typical town consisted of houses with complex architectural layouts and several rooms, built of wood that was covered in mud. The houses sat along streets, thus making Vinca the first urban settlement in Europe, but being far older than the cities of Mesopotamia and Egypt. And the town of Vinca itself was just one of several metropolises, with others at Divostin, Potporanj, Selevac, Plocnik and Predionica.