Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cold morning on Skadarlija street

Skadarlija (skah-DAR-lee-yah) is an area in the Belgrade municipality of Stari Grad (Old town) and generally considered the main bohemian quarter of Belgrade, styled as the Belgrade Montmartre. The history of Skadarlija began in the 1830s with a settlement of gypsies. in the mid-1800's, the gypsy hovels had been replaced by brick buildings into which artisans, caterers, petty clerks and others moved. The whole locality was referred to as the Gypsy Quarter until 1872, when the street was named after the town of Skadar, which was part of the Serbian medieval state (today Shkodër in Albania). Skadarska ulica, Serbian for "Skadar street", is still the official name. Skadarlija began to acquire its bohemian character in the last few decades of the 19th century, and particularly after 1901,when the well-known Dardaneli inn was demolished and its guests, prominent writers and actors, moved to the Skadarlija inns or kafanas. In this photo, the snow covers the original cobblestone streets.

14 comments:

Joni said...

This is so clear, it's like standing in the photo!

Grace and Bradley said...

A simple street photo but got all the elements in it to make us feel the mood. Yes I can also feel that I am almost in the photo.

Suz Broughton said...

Such a soft and pretty picture.

Tea Time With Melody said...

Love the history of this place. Gypsies always captured my attention.

Alexa said...

Makes me think about the film "I Even Met Happy Gypsies," one of my faves.
This is a great shot, Bibi!

Lily Hydrangea said...

Love this photo! Well done.

USelaine said...

I've heard the gas pipeline issue has hit the Balkan states pretty hard. I hope you're staying warm!

soulbrush said...

it's the bent-over figures that make it so real.excellent.

Gary said...

I love this picture - even better with the history behind it - I can almost feel the cold.

Lovely

Gary

Kate said...

Snow seems to cover everything! Thanks for the history lesson.

Chuck Pefley said...

Lovely with the skiff of snow covering everything like a coat of fresh paint. Also looks to be quite chilly.

vero said...

Wonderful winter photo.

Babooshka said...

The history does add weigh tot he image. So many layers to this image and I can definitely feel the chill.

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