Belgrade’s Heart: Knez Mihailova Street

Knez Mihailova Street in Belgrade, Serbia's capital city, is a shopping street that stretches from Republic Square to Kalemegdan and is only used by pedestrians. The history of the street which took its name from Prince Mihailo III of Serbia and houses the many large and impressive buildings, dates back the Roman times.

Knez Mihailova Street, Belgrade's main pedestrian and shopping street, is Belgrade's liveliest center. It would be more right if we say the heart of the city is this. Along the street which is moving and closed to vehicle traffic, shops, restaurants and cafes are alined.

This street, full of houses of rich families and important personalities, also has the characteristic of becoming a shopping center in Belgrade. Also this place offers shopping pleasure and fun at all hours of the day. This is the best spot to start exploring the city. When you are tired, you can drink water from fountains, listen to the musicians who are drawn to a corner and exhibit their talents along the street.

Prince Mihailo Statue, one of the most important symbols of the street, National Theater building to the left of the statue and National Museum behind it, show the cultural and artistic fabric of this place. 

Knez Mihailova Street has a very important position that serves culture with its many historical buildings, economy with its famous shops, and entertainment with its modern cafes. The Srpska Kruna Hotel was built in romantic style in 1869 as the most modern hotel in Belgrade. The building, now used as the Belgrade City Library, was used as the National Library of Serbia between 1945 and 1970. 

Marko Stojanovic's House, located at Knez Mihailova 53-55, was built around 1889 as the home of lawyer Marko Stojanovic. Nice building with Renaissance architecture, is today used as Academy Gallery. The Balkan Houses Block consisting of three buildings was built in Knez Mihailova 46, 48, 49 in the traditional Balkan style in the 1870s.

Hristina Kumanudi's House located in Knez Mihailova 50, was built in 1870 on the corner where the Kneza Mihaila and the Dubrovackka streets meet. The building that had host to the French-Serbian bank for a while, today serves as the consulate of Belgium and Great Britain. 

Kristina Mehana, which had hosted the city council until the assembly building, serves as the management of the hotel where Krstiç brothers open with the same name at Knez Mihailova 48. Veljko Sivivj's House, which has undergone a lot of changes in its original architecture until today, was built as a building where shops and houses situated, in Knez Mihailova 46 in 1869.

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, was built between 1923 and 1924 in Knez Mihailova 35 in the direction of an architectural plan with an academic title drafted by Dragutin Dordevic and Andra Stevanovic in 1912. The building houses the richest Academy Library in Belgrade, the Academy Archive with numerous documents from Serbian history, the Academy Gallery on the ground floor, a very special literature hall, books and antique shops.

House of merchant Nikola Spasic, was built in 1889 by Renaissance style by architect Constantin Jovanovic. Grcka Kraljica Restaurant was built in 1835 in the style of academism in Knez Mihailova 51. Rusija Hotel, located in Knez Mihailova 38, was founded around 1870 and then collapsed in 1920. Nowadays it hosts the offices of "Rudnap" company.

Knez Mihaiova Street is quite attractive and beautiful. It was a street I enjoyed. Free maps and brochures are available at the Belgrad tourism office near the square of the street. They even organize free city tours on certain days.

 

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