Belgrade Walking Tour with Prince Michael Street, the Cathedral, & the Fortress
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Belgrade's Knez Mihailova – Prince Michael Street – is a protected complex of historic monuments lined with beautiful mansions from the 1870s.But if the reason for preservation is obvious, the death of the street's namesake isn't.
The famous promenade and commerce center was renamed after the prince following his 1868 assassination, an act that remains a mystery even today. (As absolute monarchs go, he was fairly well-liked. Even, in hindsight, enlightened.)
Deposed by the Turks in 1842 and exiled to Vienna, Michael brought Viennese sophistication to Belgrade when he returned in 1860. He generously donated to cultural institutions oversaw the final withdrawal of Ottoman troops from Serbia in 1867. But all was not well in the palace.
The prince wanted to divorce his wife and marry his younger mistress, Katarina – problematic not only because of the scandal of royal divorce, but because Kat was the daughter of his first cousin, Princess Anka Obrenovic. Cue the angry uproar from clergy, politicians, and the general public as his once-high approval ratings plummeted.
On June 10, 1868, in a park near Michael's country residence, he and Anka were gunned down. Katerina was wounded, but survived.
Suspicion quickly fell on a rival royal family, presumably with the assumption that they aspired to the throne. But it didn't happen, and the case was never solved. Michael's scandals, however, were forgotten, and he was deeply mourned.
You'll see Prince Michael on this tour: He sits regally astride a horse near the National Theater, a few feet from the shops and cafes of the street that bears his name. It's a popular meeting place honoring a prince who regained his popularity the hard way.
Skadalija Street, one of the first stops on this tour, was a mecca for poets and artists in the late 19th and early 20th century, and it's still considered the bohemian heart of the city. The neighborhood became popular because it was close to the National Theater and the music halls in what today is the Balkan Cinema. But it wasn't all peace and love. Loud music and frequent fights made the police regular visitors. Check out the impressive mural on the wall at the brewery.
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