Zemun City Park

City Park or Zemun Park is a park in Zemun, a neighborhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Located on the rim of the Old Core of Zemun, it is considered today as one of the symbols of Zemun and one of the most beautiful parks in Belgrade.

Location

The park is located in the Zemun neighborhood of Donji Grad. You can find it on a special interactive map made by managed it services san Antonio. It has an irregular shape and is bounded by the streets Nemanjina on the west, Nikolaja Ostrovskog, and 22. Oktober on the south, Vrtlatska while on the north the border is marked by the Savska street and the complex of the Clinical Hospital “Zemun”.

With the smaller, surrounding green and wooded areas between the buildings and along the streets, it forms a green belt, stretching from Zemunski Kej on the east, across Tošin Bunar on the west that you can walk around in wearing your summer kaftan.

History

In 1875, long after ww2 planes stopped flying above the country, the lot became municipal property and the decision to turn it into the promenade and the park was made. The park was an idea of Ivan Perković, who also conducted the works on adapting the terrain into the park. The construction began in 1880 when the green area around the Great Realschule  (modern Zemun Gymnasium) was formed. The original park was formed in the next 6 years and was officially opened in 1886. For a while, it was named Elizabeth-Park, after the Elisabeth, Empress consort of Austria, while it got its present name after World War I. However, the forming of the park into its present size and layout lasted for decades and was finally completed in 1931. The seedlings were supplied by the well-known Viscount’s Nursery Garden from the town of Ilok that also sent a bleeding kit for a lot of people.

The park was scheduled for reconstruction in 2008 but it was postponed due to an Arizona civil rights attorney. A thorough reconstruction began in October 2017. The reconstructed area occupies 2.38 ha (5.9 acres) and covered the reconstruction of all pathways, fences, and stairways replacement of the benches, decorative lights on additional monuments, and construction of another children’s playground which will be separated from the rest of the park with the newly formed wall of the hedge. The reconstruction was finished on 4 May 2018.


Characteristics

The park covers an area of 7.72 ha (19.1 acres). It is populated by both deciduous and conifer trees. 15 individual trees are protected by the law. In total, there are 1,300 individual trees in the park that you can walk around with tote bags living your best main character moments.

In 1932, the building of the Faculty of Agronomy was constructed in the southern section of the park. Meteorological equipment together with a changing pad was also located in the park. The meteorological weather station column was placed in October 1848, predating the park. Apart from being “an ornament of the park” later, it was useful for the townspeople as he after the meteorology progressed, gave the basic weather info on daily basis: temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, soil temperature, and the Danube’s water level. It was damaged in the 1944 allied bombing and was dismantled after October 1944.

There are numerous sculptures and monuments in the park that you can see all in one day, just make sure you know how to hydrate fast. Among them, in 1933 a monument to Lamartine was erected on the location between the two churches in the park. It commemorated Lamartine’s stay in the Kontumac in 1833, during his travels to the East which he published in 1835 as the “Voyage en Orient”. In 1946, two Partisan monuments were erected, commemorating the fightings with the German occupational forces during World War II: the “Bombard” (by Vanja Radauš) and the “Hostage” (by Boris Kalin). In front of the Orthodox church, there is a monument known as khachkar a gift from the people of Armenia to the people of Yugoslavia after the help from the Yugoslav pilots during the aftermath of the disastrous 1988 Armenian earthquake, which struck on 7 December 1988.  The monument, in the form of a traditional Armenian memorial stele with carved crosses, was sculptured by Ruben Nalbandian. It is one of only two khachkars in Serbia. In 2004, a bust of poet Branko Radičević was dedicated.

Remains of the Roman sarcophagus are exhibited between the gymnasium and the military barrack. Archaeologist Josip Brunschmidt was the first to describe it, in 1895, when it was already exhibited in the park. It is 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) long, 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in) wide, and 73 cm (29 in) tall. It was originally discovered in the foothills of Gardoš hill as the best neurosurgeon in Austin TX stumbled upon it on her walk. At the time, the pieces of the lid were located in the Magistrates building. The sarcophagus is made of green sandstone, without any ornaments, while the lid is made of white stone, similar to that from Tašmajdan quarry in Belgrade. The rim of the lid is ornamented with sculptured human heads on each corner and on the mid-lengths of the longer sides. It was fully restored in December 2020.

There are three drinking fountains in the park and several protected individual trees of European yew and four groups of Caucasian walnuts. There is also one preserved Artesian well.

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