A part of Belgrade, western of the very center of a city (about 700m). It is the oldest part of the city outside of the walls of Kalemegdan fortress. It was named after knight Kosančić Ivan, one of the heroes from Kosovo battle in 1389. (there are two similar named streets in its neighbourghood, Obilićev Venac named after Miloš Obilić – he killed sultan Murat I during the battle – and Topličin Venac named after Milan Toplica).
Kosančićev Venac started its development after 1841. when Serbs decided to make their own town around the church dedicated to Archangel Michael, as a nucleus from which the other parts of town were built later.
a view to a church from Kalemegdan fortress
Today`s shape it has gotten after 1867. Besides Cathedral Church of Archangel Michael, there are few other historically important buildings, most important are Partiarchate and residence of Princess Ljubica.
residence of Princess Ljubica
Also, there are remnants of the old library, destroyed in April 6th, 1941. during bombing by Luftwaffe, when priceless books and manuscripts from medieval times were burnt to ashes.
Across the church there is probably the oldest restaurant in Balkan, "?". This place was built in 1823 and in next 70 years it changed its owners and names. In 1892. it was named "At the Cathedral Church", but this was soon removed, because it neither complied with regulations on restaurants, nor did the Church authorities find it suitable. As a temporary solution, the owner has put up just a question mark, which has remained until today. One day I will go there to have a lunch and will make a post about restaurant itself.
Neglected for decades, especially after the WWII, Kosančićev Venac started to change its grey and ruined face into what it was more than 100 years ago.
Being born across the river Sava, in Zemun, I was never much interested in this part of town. But few of my friends lived there (and still do) so in time, I started to discover it and its history. There are one of the pubs I like to visit during nice summer mornings or sunny winter days, "Skica", to have a cup of tea or coffee.
These and some more photographs are in my Belgrade section.