stari savski most

“Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would be he of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This city now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.”
— William Wordsworth, Upon Westminster Bridge

A poem describing a city so close to my heart, London.

And yet, standing on stari savski most, the Sava coursing below, trams, trucks and taxis grinding past, those words could equally well describe Belgrade.

Bridges are not simply roads across rivers or ravines. They connect, they join. Every great city has bridges which help define it. London has countless bridges, each with its own beauty. Sydney has its magnificent Harbour Bridge and the just as impressive but less well-known Anzac Bridge. New York the Brooklyn Bridge, San Francisco the Golden Gate.

And Belgrade? Has its bridges, this, one of the older, nestles in between its rivals and offers a good vantage point for gazing in awe at the beautiful shining spire of the new most na adi to which I will return.

A bridge over troubled waters? Or a bridge to a new future?

Time will tell.

graffiti (inevitable)

12 thoughts on “stari savski most

  1. Andy, these are brilliant luminous images with an architectural and a graphic quality……. smart trams as well……. earth has not anything to show more fair 🙂
    Regards, John.

  2. Very nice post! There´s a beautiful book on this subject : “Bridge over Drina”, by Ivo Andric, It has to do everything with troubled waters and bridges 🙂

  3. Wonderful perspectives of the bridge; I just wish NY would keep up with the cool new transport that you have over there 🙂 The graffiti reminds me of the markings all over the Manhattan and Willimasburg Bridges!

  4. Great photos again! I lived in Novi Beograd for a year and I used to walk across that bridge every weekend. Beautiful views over Beograd! I am also happy to see those new trams. When I was there for a short visit in April, some people at the tram stop would tell me to wait for the Spanish one…. I’d usually take the old ones. Happy Wednesday!

  5. Marija, thank you for that, I am glad you like my images, I will visit one of the bookshops that line belgradestreets (I just love all those bookshops) and get a copy to read, thank you again! Andy

  6. Marina, thank you, I was trying to find a fresh way of capturing the bridge, the new trams are cool but I must admit that I love the old ones (they are all of different design and have served time in various cities all over Europe — must do some research and post again on that subject…), as to the graffiti I could spend a lifetime cataloguing that! Your site is progressing in leaps and bounds, always enjoy reading your posts which must take a lotos time and afford to produce! Have a great day, Andy.

  7. Thank you again for visiting and for appreciating my images. The new Spanish trams are indeed smooth and modern, the way they contrast with the older trams is a microcosm of much that is taking place here in Belgrade right now I feel. I love the old trams, even though often the need for the drivers to think ahead about when to apply the brakes often seems to come as a surprise. In the UK, there is always annual panic about “leaves on the line” affecting the trains, here they employ armies of men with hoses and poles to clean the traces and remove all traces of rubbish, not stimulating work I know but it does keep the trams running whatever the weather…thanks again, Andy

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