During the third siege of Belgrade in 1521, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent succeeded in conquering the then Hungarian city. Belgrade became an important Ottoman stronghold for further invasions in Europe. The city field by the fortress was named Kalemegdan by Ottomans (Kale - fortress, Megdan - field). The multi-century presence of Ottomans in Belgrade was followed by fruitful artistic activity, and thus a large amount of cultural heritage emerged. Turbulent historical turmoil resulted in the destruction of mosques and other oriental infrastructure, so the image of historical arts in this area has altered greatly in comparison with the Ottoman period.
Turkish Ottomans accepted the Slavic name of Belgrade. Certain parts of the city haven't changed their names since the Ottoman period, such as: Avala, Bulbulder, Dorcol, Kalemegdan, Makis, Tasmajdan, Terazije, Topcider, Cubura, Cukarica.
THE OTTOMAN HERITAGE
According to an 1836 census, Belgrade was home to 16 mosques. Over time, all of them were demolished except for one, the Bajrakli mosque in Dorcol.
THE OTTOMAN CITIZENS OF BELGRADE
We keep the stories of our fellow citizens from the Ottoman past which contributed to the history of our city from oblivion.