Park of Friendship

Park in Novi Beograd

Park of Friendship (Serbian: Park prijateljstva) in Novi Beograd is one of the largest parks in Belgrade.

The park is located in Novi Beograd in the local community Ušće and it extends to a large green area from Hotel Yugoslavia along the Danube and the Sava River to Branko’s Bridge. It is lined with the Mihailo Pupin Boulevard, Ušće and street Nikola Tesla Boulevard. It borders Veliko ratno ostrvo and Malo ratno ostrvo, and the city center of Belgrade through the Danube and the Sava River. Friendship Park covers an area of 14 hectares. It can be reached by local bus by bus lines 15 and 84.

The park includes a large number of green areas and trees and it leads to the river Sava and river Danube. It is suitable for walking, physical activity or relaxation in nature. The park also has a bike path and a running trail. Although located near the center of Belgrade, peace and quiet prevails in the park. Within the park, there is also Skate Park Ušće.

The Avenue of Peace with the memorial obelisk “Eternal Flame” is located in the central part of the park. The park features a flower statue of the sculptor Lidija Mišić. Peace Avenue with 26 plane trees that were planted by statesmen, during a conference of the NAM in Belgrade until 1989, is 180 m long, which also represents the number of countries which had a commitment to peace as their political priority, through the so-called policy of peaceful, active coexistence. All participants of the First Conference planted the same plant – plane tree. The selection of plane trees is their longevity, which emphasizes the idea of establishing a lasting peace in the world. Next to each planted tree is a tablet with the name of the statesman and the country of origin, year of planting, and the denomination of the tree Platanus acerofilia.

The monument “Eternal Flame” is located in the park and was built to commemorate the victims of the NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It was built according to the plans of the sculptor brothers Svetozar and Svetomir Radović and architects Marko Stevanović and Miodrag Cvijić. The Monument “Eternal Flame” is 28 meters high, although it was supposed to be 78 meters high, symbolizing the number of days of NATO bombing.

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