"MESTROVIĊ STATUES" Kalemegdan ? Belgrade Fortress Tip by mtncorg
Kalemegdan ? Belgrade Fortress, Belgrade: 197 reviews and 396 photos
Ivan Mestroviċ is probably the best known sculptor from Yugoslavia. Two of his works are found here in the Kalmegdan Park. Standing high above the Sava is Polvenik ? Messenger of Victory. Originally the piece had been intended for the city center but the full nudity was a bit much for the city folk of the interwar days and the young warrior stands out here instead, gazing to the north ? Austria and Hungary lying across the Sava. The statue was erected in 1928 ten years after the decisive breakthrough along the Salonika Front which revived Serbia as a country.
Not too far away and closer to the city is a latter statue by Mestroviċ erected in 1930 ? the Monument of Gratitude to France. The female bathing represents soldiers bathing in the pool of courage and is erected in honor of the French soldiers who died fighting for Serbia.
A few miles to the south of Belgrade, atop the 511 meter high Mount Avala is a third Mestroviċ work ? the Unknown Soldier Monument. Erected in 1938, the monument is a tribute to those Serbs who died in WWI fighting to keep Serbia a nation ? 58% of its prewar male population died, some 1,264,000.
Directions: Downtown Belgrade, 1,5km from Republic square
Phone: +381 11 26 245 26?
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