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"Kafana "?"" Stari Grad Tip by prleprle

Stari Grad, Belgrade: 71 reviews and 157 photos

  "?", Belgrade, Serbia
by prleprle

Kafana is one of the Serbian national symbols. Kafana is some kind of bar or pub but that's not completelly that, kafana is not restoran either. Kafana is more then all political place, place for affairs and place for fun. This kafana "?" is one of the symbols of Belgrade and one of the oldest institutions in town.
The building just across the street from the Orthodox cathedral was built by the wealthy merchant Naum Ièko. The construction was designed according to the Serb-Balkan style and the usual materials of the period were used - wooden skeleton with clay and straw filling. The building was later on purchased by prince Miloš Obrenoviæ and made a gift of it to his personal healer, that decided to set up a kafana in it. The two storey building changed owner several times, and the kafana in it changed names: "Tomina kafana" (Toma's kafana), "Kod pastira" (Shepherd's inn), "Kod Saborne crkve" (By the cathedral); finally the ecclesiastical authorities insisted that such a sign be removed, because it was a "sacrilege to the House of God". The owner consented to the request and put up a temporary sign "?" which still stands today.

Address: Kralja Petra I, 6
Directions: Old part of city!

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  • Updated Apr 12, 2005
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