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Kosancicev venac and Orthodox Church

Kosancicev venac and Orthodox Church

The name Kosancicev Venac dates from 1872, after Ivan Kosancic, a hero from Serbian folk songs.

The name Kosancicev Venac dates from 1872, after Ivan Kosancic, a hero from Serbian folk songs.Many famous buildings are located in this region of the capital and it’s one of the most attractive part of Belgrade. Kosancicev Venac is practically the oldest section of Belgrade outside the walls of the Kalemegdan fortress and really you can see that. Now protected by the state, it features number of Belgrade's cultural monuments. The neighbourhood incorporates the Saborna church, the residence of Princess Ljubica, the "?" restaurant and the building of the Patriarchate. Here you can have a glimpse of what the Belgrade town centre looked like at the 19th century.

Restaurant “?” has its name as result of the first owner’s dispute with the Cathedral across the street – First name was “By the Cathedral” and since the priests didn’t like a place serving alcohol to bear such a name, he decided to change it. The owner temporarily put the ? sign instead and it remained like this until today.

The first information available regarding Saborna Crkva, where it currently stands today, dates back to the 16th century. The newest version, exterior was built in 1837-1841 by order of Knez Milos Obrenovic while the inside work and iconostas were completed in 1845.

This church is fairly large but it is the only church in this neighbourhood. It has the shape of an elongated rectangular base with a narthex and bell tower high in the western part of the spacious nave and a semicircular apse on the eastern side. Overall dimensions of the church are 45 meters in high and a width is 19.6 meters.

Official site and source: http://www.saborna-crkva.com

Image credit: http://www.vesti-online.com

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