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Home To Do Sightseeing Kosančićev venac

Kosančićev venac

The Residence of Princess Ljubica
The Residence of Princess Ljubica
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Lines: tram 2
                                      bus 15, 16, 67, 68, 75, 84, 95
Main sights: Cathedral, Residence of Princess
                                      Ljubica, Znak pitanja (?) Bistro

 

Kosančićev venac or simply Kosančić is the oldest urban part of the city. It overlooks the Sava and extends from the Kalemegdan fort to Branko’s Bridge. With its cobblestone streets and old family houses, Kosančićev venac is probably the most beautiful part of Belgrade.

 

Back in the old days

Wishing to be closer to the Cathedral and as a counterweight to Turkish fortifications on the Danube bank, Serbs created this settlement in the first part of the 19th century.
However, Kosančićev venac started to become more organized settlement a couple of decades later, after Turks have left Belgrade. At first houses were built around cathedral, but later area started to spread more and more. In the 19th century, Kosančićev venac was social, cultural and commercial center of Belgrade.
Although it stands only as a witness of the old days and a monument of culture today, it has never lost popularity among old Belgradians. 


Kosančić attractions

Area and the street Kosančićev venac were named after Serbian epic hero Ivan Kosančić. According to legend, he died in Kosovo fight in 1389. Today in street named after him stands his bust, work of Serbian sculptor Petar Ubavkić.
Orthodox Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel was and still is center of Kosančić. This church built in 1840 still remains a place of worship, but can be visited every day. Next to the cathedral stands the oldest kafana in Belgrade called "?" or Question mark because one of his owners couldn't decide how to name it. Since everybody accepted this name, later owners didn't want to change it and the name stands until today. Opposite to kafana stands Residence of Princess Ljubica, once home of the first lady of Serbia and a museum today.
One of the symbols of Kosančićev venac is remains of National Library that was burnt during German bombing of Belgrade in 1941. During that fire, within seconds disappeared completely written culture of Serbs.
On of the most beautiful examples of Art Nouveau in Kosančić is house of Mihajlo Petrović Alas, famous Serbian mathematician. This famous resident of Kosančićev venac was mathematical genius who became member of Serbian Academy of Science and Art when he was just 32. Public knew him better after his other passions, violin and fishing. He regularly performed in Belgrade kafanas and spent his free time with fishermen on Danube. That's how he got his nickname Alas, which means fisherman. He was passionate traveler who traveled twice to polar expeditions and later wrote about it.


Kosančić cafes

While staying in Belgrade, make sure to take at least two hours to wonder around Kosančićev venac and to enjoy in one of cafes hidden between cobbled streets. Look for Skica and Black Turtle, which makes its own beer with fruit flavors, or rest your eyes in the Sava River while drinking coffee on the terrace of Stepenice cafe.

Belgrade has recovered from the troubles in the Balkans to become a thoroughly modern city, with plenty of amazing features that set it apart from many European cities.

The Sun