Bezistan – In between times

Bezistan Belgrade

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Bezistan – In between times

Đorđe Vidojević photo

Đorđe from Belgrade

I love maps, flea markets and film photography. Belgrade is my kilometer zero...

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Bezistan is hidden in plain sight. It’s a passage, a square and the belly button of Belgrade. The word Bezistan translates to ‘a part of the market with a roof’, which it kinda what it was back in the day with it’s flower shops, cafes, the first photo both in the city and a cinema. It’a shortcut that connects the Terazije area with the square of Nikola Pašić.

In 1870, the Hotel Paris, with its lavish garden, opened in the place where Bezistan stands today. This is also where the first cinema in Belgrade was located—Cinema Grand. The hotel was badly damaged during WWII and later demolished to make room for the new square.

I pass by Bezistan quite often, and it will always be my first choice when deciding which path to take in the city center, even though it’s not in the best shape. When passing by, pay attention to:

1 – The fountain with the sculpture ‘Girl with the seashell’ in the middle

2 – The concrete webbed roof, shaped like a semi-opened dome

3 – The Street gallery, an open air gallery in a separate section on the left side that features local and international artists, with exhibitions changing every 2 months.

Bezistan is neglected, with many layers of history and a very specific vibe – basically Belgrade in a nutshell.

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Đorđe from Belgrade

Đorđe Vidojević photo

I love maps, flea markets and film photography. Belgrade is my kilometer zero...

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Address

Bezistan 27, Belgrade

Opening Times

24 hours daily

Price

Free
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)