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"Etymology From Slavic words beli or beo, meaning white and grad meaning city or town. It was named after the white wall of the fortress that enclosed the city."

- the other theory is that "Beli" (or "beo") -back in the time the city got that name - standed for "west", so beo+grad would be western+city. That's because Slavs were comming from the East, so they viewed it as western city.