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Legend has it that the Great Stairs were built because of an accident of Knjaz Mihailo. Namely, when the undisputed ruler of Serbia, Knjaz Miloš, died in 1860, mourners came to Belgrade from all over. Hurrying to see off one of his sisters to the ship that was leaving from the river Sava pier, Knjaz Mihailo, instead of walking down the street, went to the pier on a path that meandered between the houses piled up on the Sava slope. It took one careless step for the Mihajlo to slip and fall. Enraged, he ordered the construction of the staircase to begin immediately so that such accidents fatal to body and ego would not happen again.

  Regardless of whether the tradition is correct, it is certain that Prince Mihailo ordered the construction of the stairs and contributed 300 ducats from his own pocket for the construction. The project was entrusted to the now forgotten engineer Steinlehner, who completed it in 1862. Stairs are 20m high, 90m long with 108 steps. After the prince's death, the stairs will bear the name of Prince Mihailo's Stairs, but this name will fade over time and remain today's well-known name - Great Stairs.   They were renovated twice – in 1905 and 2015. During the latter restoration, organized on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the first one, new granite slabs were installed and the rotten metal fence was repaired. Although they are no longer visited as they used to be, the memories of the old days are preserved by restaurants and cafes, squatting on the left and right side of the stairs, and also renovated plato underneath with the famous tram #2 circling around center of Belgrade. Life is beautiful [Zivot je lep] inscription is stating, what do you think?

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