On the surface you could hardly notice that Belgrade was ruled by the Turks for three centuries; dig deeper and you will find that many of the things you’ve noticed around can only be explained by this part of city’s history. On this tour we will explore this legacy with our, from architecture to food and drinks and see the love/hate relationship with things that remain from Ottoman times.
The first sight on our tour is the stone Bajrakli Mosque, the only remaining place of Muslim prayer in the city. Not far is the Museum of Vuk and Dositej, located in an old house that will give you a sense of what Belgrade looked like three centuries ago. Standing on the edge of a centrally located park full of young people, Sheikh Ahmet’s grave, tells a story of days gone by. We will next make a brake in the oldest kafana in Belgrade where we will sip Turkish coffee together with Turkish delight, two things that locals cannot imagine their lives without. Next door is the Palace of Princess Ljubica that still retains a part of its cozy oriental interior. Pass another survivor from early 19th century, the Manak House, we step inside the tiny Bosiljcic Sweetshop where Turkish delights of outmost quality are handmade for generations. At the very end we will go to semi-Oriental looking Balkanska Street to visit one of Belgrade’s old patisseries to see and taste how similar (or different) their cakes are from those you encounter in present day Turkey.