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The Belly Button of Belgrade

Hidden : 10/28/2016
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

An urban cache in a small container concealed within Nikola Pašić Square. This cache has a summer and winter version - we're currently in winter! I recommend taking in your surroundings and identify the cache location rather than a hasty physical search. You should be able to retrieve and replace the cache even in this high muggle area with just a bit of ingenuity on your part. 


Nikola Pašić Square (Serbian: Трг Николе Пашића / Trg Nikole Pašića) is named after Nikola Pašić  who served as mayor of Belgrade, prime minister of Serbia and prime minister of Yugoslavia.  Until 1992 the square was named 'Square of Marx and Engels' in honour of the famous communist theoreticians.  It was one of Belgrade's first squares to change its name with the closing of the era of Socialist Yugoslavia.

The square overlooks the monumental building of the National Assembly and itself extends into Belgrade's longest street, King Alexander Boulevard, while Dečanska Street connects it to the Republic Square.

A monument to Nikola Pašić  was erected in the early 1990s. When the statue was to be erected, ideas of bringing back earth to the square in order to create the artificial hillock as a pedestal for the monument appeared, but were ultimately abandoned.

The dominant architectural features in the square are the massive, social classisist Dom sindikata (Trade Union Hall) building and one of the Belgrade's largest fountains. Museum of Yugoslav History is located across from the fountain and is well worth a look if you have time.. Adjacent to the square is the Pionirski Park as well as the buildings of the Belgrade City Hall and the Presidency of the Republic.

The pedestrian section of the square is used for various public events, most notably open flower, honey, and book sales. On occasion, artificial ice rinks or beach volley sand courts are put up as seasonal attractions in winter and summer, respectively.

Running from Trg Nikola Pasic to Terazije is an old passage called Bezistan, crumbling from its former glory and with a vibe of arty grunge it was formerly the site of the Hotel "Pariz" which was built in the 1870s but demolished for the building of Terazije in 1949.  There is a fountain under the semi-covered dome of a woman holding a shell - a singularly unusual subject for land locked Serbia.  The passage has been protected by the State as "cultural property" and has been nicknamed by the architects as the "belly button of Belgrade".

 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Fhzzre: Bar bs gurfr guvatf vf abg yvxr gur bgure guvatf.
Jvagre: orgjrra fbsg naq qnex naq uneq naq yvtug

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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