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Topličin Venac

Topličin Venac is a small street and district in the heart of the old town, close to Knez Mihailova pedestrian zone. It mainly consists of a square with Vojvoda Vuk's Park in the center.

MuseumofAppliedArtsPalaceThe street was named after Serbian hero from the Battle of Kosovo (1389), Milan Toplica, and it's halfway from Obilićev Venac to Kosančićev Venac district, forming almost a continuous pedestrian zone through historical part of the old town.

In the middle of it, there is a Park dedicated to Vojin Popović aka "Vojvoda Vuk" (with his monument), one of the famous and highly-decorated military commanders from the Balkan Wars and the Great War (WWI), during which he died heroically at the Battle of Kajmakčalan. In Serbian, "Vojvoda" may correspond to various types of military commander ranks. And "Vuk" is the nickname in this case, but other than that, sometimes it can be a proper first name in Serbia (and it literally means "wolf").

The park is actually the smallest one in the wider center of the city. The whole area, along with the park, is being totally reconstructed now. After reconstruction, the place should look like this (compare it to the photo of the old park).

ViewonVukaKaradzica KnezThe place is bordered by some of the finest architectural pieces in the city. Direction Obilićev Venac (and further down the road to Zeleni Venac), there is a monumental PRIZAD building (now TANJUG press agency), square-shaped in front and rounded on the back side. It was constructed in 1937, and it represents a fine example of modern 20th century non-ornamented totalitarian architecture. Across the street there is Papakostopoulus House, from 1907, built in a manner of academism with secession elements on the facade.

On the other side of the square, you can find the Museum of Applied Arts, next to a magnificent House of Milan Pavlović. From there, passing by a small square, commonly known as "Pevac" (eng. "The Rooster"), with a little fountain with rooster on top, you can go towards King Peter's street and Belgrade Fortress.


Gracanicka ZeleniVenacGoing to the right from the Rooster square, taking Vuka Karadžića street, you'll get to Knez Mihailova st. in a couple of minutes. Going to the left, or towards the end of Vuka Karadžića street, that borders Topličin Venac, and passing by the Museum of Applied Arts, you will reach a classical Palace Hotel, built in 1923, in the architectural spirit of eclecticism (academism with elements of neo-baroque), at the time the fanciest hotel on the whole Balkan region, as some argued. From there, you can go down, direction Kosančićev Venac.

This place is very nice and it keeps the spirit of an old classy Belgrade.

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