Built in 1928, this longstanding monument has seen the soil on which it sits enter conflict several times, yet remains a tall and proud reminder of glories past.
A work of the renowned sculptor Ivan Meštrović, The Victor is set on a pedestal in the form of a Doric column on a tall cubic base, designed by the architect Petar Bajalović. It is built to commemorate Serbia’s triumph over both Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The statue overlooks the confluence of rivers Sava and Danube and is turned to face towards what was, at that time, Austro-Hungarian Empire, in a gesture that many consider quintessential defiance of Serbian people.
The statue is located in the historic Kalemegdan fortress, a popular attraction in modern-day Belgrade, and remains one of the most recognized and photographed visual symbols of Belgrade. The Victor Monument was designated as a cultural heritage property in 1992.
Update as of November 2019: The Pobednik monument has been taken down for repairs.