Zemun, Belgrade Old Churches Walk, Belgrade (Self Guided)

Zemun has always been one of the most tranquil parts of Belgrade. Located around the Gardoš Hill, it has retained many Orthodox and Catholic churches, bearing the Austro-Hungarian Empire's provincial Baroque legacy. The majority of the local churches have carefully preserved their original icons, dating back to the 18th-19th centuries.
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Zemun, Belgrade Old Churches Walk Map

Guide Name: Zemun, Belgrade Old Churches Walk
Guide Location: Serbia » Belgrade (See other walking tours in Belgrade)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: ChristineT
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Chapel of St. Archangels Gabriel and Michael

1) Chapel of St. Archangels Gabriel and Michael

The Orthodox Chapel of St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Zemun Park was built in 1786 on the site of a previous wooden church. In wartime, it served as a quarantine facility. The chapel is a Baroque building with a double cross, a semicircular apse and a two-story bell tower, added in 1840. Part of the structure are the special niches - made in a strict accordance with the Serbian religious architectural tradition - for those who were strictly quarantined. Restored in 1986, the chapel unveiled new mural paintings and iconostasis. Some of its original 19th century gold-plated icons are the works of Bratoglić Demetrius and Constantine Lekic.
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Catholic Chapel of St. Rocco

2) Catholic Chapel of St. Rocco

The Roman Catholic chapel of St. Rocco in Zemun Park was built in 1836 by Jozef Felber. It was designed in the spirit of Baroque, with a rectangular single-nave building, a semicircular apse and a two-story bell tower. In wartime, the chapel served as a quarantine facility; hence the main entrance featuring six purpose-built doors. The 19th century icons are the works by Zivko Petrovic, Nikola Masic and several unknown artists.
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Franciscan Monastery of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Anthony

3) Franciscan Monastery of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Anthony

The Franciscan Monastery of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Anthony is the only Franciscan monastery in contemporary Belgrade. The Franciscans built a monastery in Belgrade in 1717, which was then relocated and sustained multiple damages over the years, including those during wartime and burnings. 40 years later, in 1807, the monastery underwent reconstruction; in 1838, a tower was added. The Franciscan cross brought to the site in the 18th century is still in place. Back in the 1990s, the Franciscan cloister accounted for nearly 6,000 books and objects of art. Nowadays, both the monastery and the church are declared cultural monuments and enjoy state protection.
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Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God

4) Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God

The Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God was built between 1776 and 1780 by the Serbian and Greek communities of Zemun. The construction began in 1774 and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary's birth. The church was erected in the tradition of Serbian-Byzantine architecture with a nave and a semicircular apse. Its iconostasis was engraved in 1788 by Aksentije Markovic in a pure Baroque form, while the icons themselves were painted in 1815 by Arsenije Teodorovic, the famous Serbian artist of classicism. The bell tower was added in 1794. The first bell on it, still in place, was set in 1815 to commemorate victory over Napoleon.
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Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

5) Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in 1795 on the grounds of a former 16th century mosque, and was designed by Thomas Zagrepčanina Miklaušića. The mosque was demolished in 1784, during Austro-Hungarian occupation, which brought in more catholics to the area. The church bears some Empire and Baroque elements and features rather unusual arrangement; unlike most catholic churches, it has the altar facing the east and not the west. Significant restoration work took place there in 1817. The church is situated right in front of the Zemun Outdoor Market.
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Saint Nicholas Church

6) Saint Nicholas Church

The Saint Nicholas Church is located just two blocks away from Zemun's Gardos Tower. It was built between 1725 and 1731 in a Baroque style, and features a single nave and a two-story bell tower. The church has all the typical characteristics of an 18th century Baroque church. Its interior is decorated with a richly carved iconostasis, with the icons painted in 1762 by Demetrius Bacevic, one of the most famous Serbian painters of the second half of the 18th century. The church boasts a rich collection of ancient cult objects and the 18th-19th century icons.
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Hariseva Chapel

7) Hariseva Chapel

The Haris Chapel, or Hariseva Kapela, was built between 1874 and 1878 and was dedicated to martyr St. Demetrius, the patron of the Petrovic families. The construction was funded by Gregory Haris, a Zemun trader, with the money donated by his wife Mary, née Petrovic, who is thus considered the church's founder. The chapel was designed in a Neo-Byzatine style. Its iconostasis is the last work of Paul Simic and was made in 1874 in the style of classicism. The Harris Chapel is an important architectural and artistic memorial created by Svetozar Ivackovic, the prominent Serbian architect. The chapel stands atop the Gardoš Hill, near the Millennium Tower and an old cemetery.
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Holy Trinity Church

8) Holy Trinity Church

The Holy Trinity Church was built between 1839 and 1842 by architect Joseph Felber, and features a rectangular base with an apse and a two-story bell tower. Its exterior walls have arc tunnel openings and niches. The church demonstrates a strong Baroque influence. The iconostasis, made of carved wood with gold, is a masterpiece by Gabriel Ninkovic and Aleksandar Petrovic. The church is a fine example of the 19th century Baroque and is an important cultural landmark. It is located at the corner of Dobanovačka and Stevana Jovanovića Street.

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Belgrade, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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