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Rebuilding Belgrade: Stunning views of Serbian capital

Updated 1033 GMT (1833 HKT) December 22, 2014
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Lying at the confluence of the mighty Danube and Sava rivers, Belgrade has a long and tumultuous history that goes back some 7,000 years. www.helivideo.rs
Vibrant and full of character, the Serbian capital is today home to some 1.5 million people. www.helivideo.rs
Although it has enjoyed peaceful periods throughout its history, Belgrade has been destroyed and rebuilt around 40 times. www.helivideo.rs
A main street in Belgrade during World War I, circa 1914. Hulton Archive/Getty Images/file
In 1999, the city was hit by a NATO air campaign. The targets included the former federal military headquarters in Belgrade (pictured here still destroyed earlier this year). ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images/file
Today Belgrade is stepping up its efforts to rebuild once again. Pictured here, construction work of a new bridge over the Danube on July 23, 2013. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images/file
Savamala is one of Belgrade's oldest neighbourhoods. Once ugly, industrial and neglected, the area has lately become the city's cultural heartbeat. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images/file
Mikser House is at the epicenter of Savamala's creative revival. Housed inside a renovated garage, the space is now a thriving hub showcasing the best of Balkan design, thought and food. Courtesy Mikser House
Street markets are also a big part of life in Belgrade. Pictured here is a vendor selling jars of homemade "Ajvar," a type of relish mainly made from roasted red bell peppers. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images/file
Belgrade, or Beograd, which means "white fortress," grew up around a centuries-old fortress on the Kalemegdan headland overlooking the point where the Danube and Sava rivers meet. www.helivideo.rs
Today the fortress is a historic monument and a popular tourist destination attracting visitors from around the world. DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images/file
Filled with profound relics of the city's past, the Belgrade Fortress also boasts several archaeological treasures. CNN
Dragan Trifunovic, the owner/pilot of Helivideo, uses a camera-mounted drone to capture Belgrade's scenery from above. www.helivideo.rs
"People are very proud to live in this city and to see it from another angle," he says. www.helivideo.rs