Belgrade is a city massively built between the two World Wars. If you want to feel the Belgrade spirit of the end of 19th — beginning of 20th centuries, it is a good idea to go to Kosančićev Venac and the surroundings, known earlier as Varosh Kapiya (Varoš Kapija). The street itself is laid along the fortifications encircling the city, and the Varoš Kapija area was named after one of the fortress gates. It was the only part of the city that used to be Serbian during the Ottoman rule. Here one can find the buildings of the first half of the 19th century, which are pretty seldom for Belgrade. In addition to houses the pavement is also typical for Belgrade’s streets at that time. The heart of the district is the ruins of the National Library, which suffered from Nazi bombing in 1941. Photos on its fence will help to dive deeper into the atmosphere of the past. If you come here a little bit before the sunset, you can complete the impression with views of Sava river and New Belgrade from the terraces of the cafes in Kosančićev Venac.