The next to the last stroll in the spring-summer 2017 seasons within the Artis Center Cycle entitled “Heritage without Boarders” was conducted on June 17, 2017, with inspired story-telling of the guide Tamara Ognjević. The stroll started with a tale on the history of the Belgrade cemeteries, including the New Cemetery, in addition to the burial-related customs, such as vivid description of funeral processions that went through today’s city center. It was continued to the Arcades, with the reflection on this memorial complex and the significant individuals buried in this area, e.g., General Janko Vukotić, politician and statesman Nikola Pašić and diplomat Milenko Vesnić, including interesting stories of their life and the life of Belgrade in that period. This was followed by the stroll through the Alley of the Greats and continued by visiting the final resting places of socialist Dimitrije Tucović, author Petar Kočić, geographer and botanist Jovan Cvijić, benefactor Ilija Milosavljevć Kolarac and Field Marshal Živojin Mišić. Particularly interesting stories were ones told beside the Burial Chapel of benefactor Velimir Mihailo Teodorović, an illegitimate son of Prince Mihajlo Obrenović and the gravesite of Nikolai Hartwig, Russian Imperial Ambassador in Belgrade at the time of WW1 braking out, who was considered “the first unofficial victim of the Great War “. The tour subsequently turned to the Alley of the Fallen Patriots (1941-1944) and Alley of Meritorious Citizens. It was continued through the Alley of Meritorious Citizens, where the visitors had a chance to learn about this architectural complex, its history and concept. The next stops were the Burial Chapel of Field Marshal Radomir Putnik and the Russian Ossuary. The visitors then entered into the Chapel devoted to Iverska Virgin, which was followed by the visit to the Austro-Hungarian Military Cemetery, where the story of the military cemeteries within the New Cemetery of Belgrade was told. The visitors have seen the Serbian Ossuary of the Belgrade Defenders (1915). The final stage of the stroll was the visit to the final resting place of Matija Ban and Steva Todorović, in addition to entering into St. Nicolas Church and a brief story on its history and the artists who painted its interior.
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