Avala mountain

Avala GPS coordinates

44.68905820072935
20.516415309112517

Avala is a mountain in Serbia, overlooking Belgrade. It is situated in the south-eastern corner of the city and provides a great panoramic view of Belgrade, Vojvodina and Šumadija, as the surrounding area on all sides is mostly lowlands.

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Special attractions of the Avala are several monuments. Monument to the Unknown Hero dedicated to the unknown Serbian soldiers from World War I and Monument to the Soviet war veterans dedicated to the members of the Soviet military delegation which died in an airplane crash 1964. They were flying to Belgrade for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade in the World War II.

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The 204,5 m (671 ft) tall TV-tower one of the symbols of Belgrade provides a great panoramic view. The first time it was built in 1961-1965. It was the only tower in the world to have an equilateral triangle as its cross-section, and one of the very few towers not perched directly into the ground, but standing on its legs. The legs formed a tripod, the symbol of Serbian tripod chair. The Avala Tower was destroyed on 29 April 1999 by NATO bombardment. On 21 December 2006, the reconstruction of Avala Tower commenced and the tower was officially opened at a ceremony on 21 April 2010. It is currently the tallest tower in Serbia and one of the small number of towers to be constructed in that manner.

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