Savski Venac

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Savski Venac
Савски Венац
Coat of arms of Savski Venac
Coat of arms
Location of Savski Venac within the city of Belgrade
Location of Savski Venac within the city of Belgrade
Country  Serbia
City Belgrade
Status Municipality
Settlements 1
 • Type Municipality of Belgrade
 • Mun. president Irena Vujović (SNS)
 • Total 16 km2 (6 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 39,122
 • Density 2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 11000
Area code(s) +381(0)11
Car plates BG

Savski Venac (Serbian Cyrillic: Савски Венац, pronounced [sâːv̞skiː v̞ě̞ːnat͡s]) is a municipality of the city of Belgrade. According to the 2011 census results, the municipality has a population of 39,122 inhabitants.

It is one of the three municipalities which constitute the very center of Belgrade, together with Stari Grad and Vračar.[1]

Savski Venac is located on the right bank of the Sava river. It stretches in the north-south direction for 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) (from downtown Belgrade, just 200 meters (660 ft) from Terazije, to Banjica) and east-west direction for 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) (from Senjak and the Sava bank to Autokomanda). It borders the municipalities of Stari Grad to the north, Vračar to the north-east, Voždovac to the east, Rakovica to the south and Čukarica to the west.

History and name[edit]

While Savski Venac and Stari Grad are often styled the oldest municipalities of Belgrade due to their inclusion of the oldest sections of urban Belgrade outside the walls of the Kalemegdan fortress, they are actually the most recently created municipalities of Belgrade. Both were formed in 1957 by merger of older, smaller municipalities; Savski Venac was formed in by merger of the municipalities of Zapadni Vračar (its main predecessor) and Topčidersko Brdo and a new, geographical name, Savski Venac, was coined for it.

(Venac is usually used in Belgrade's geography in term of a round street (Obilićev Venac, Kosančićev Venac) or a rim of the river (Dunavski Venac). In this case it was the "rim of the Sava".)


With an area of 14 square kilometers (5.4 sq mi), Savski Venac is the third smallest municipality of Belgrade after Vračar and Stari Grad. Despite being small in area, it includes several diverse geographical features:

  • the low section on the right bank of the Sava river (Savamala and Bara Venecija). Due to its low altitude toward the Sava, and lack of any protection, this is the only part of central urban area of Belgrade that gets flooded during the extremely high waters of the river. It was almost completely flooded in 1984 and during major floods in 2006.
  • southern slopes of the hill of Terazije (Terazijska Terasa) which descends from downtown Belgrade to the Sava.
  • entire western slope of the Vračar Hill (Karađorđev Park and former Zapadni Vračar) which also descends to the Sava.
  • the former valley of the stream od Mokroluški Potok, now conducted underground. It is a route to the modern highway and the new railstation of Prokop.
  • the hill of Topčidersko Brdo which has a cliff-like edge above the Sava (Senjak).
  • the hill of Banjica in the extreme south of the municipality.
  • the upper valley of Topčiderska reka and the vast park-forest of Topčider.



Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1948 54,067 —    
1953 65,366 +3.87%
1961 74,971 +1.73%
1971 63,531 −1.64%
1981 53,374 −1.73%
1991 47,682 −1.12%
2002 42,505 −1.04%
2011 39,122 −0.92%
Source: [2]

According to the census of 2011, Savski Venac has a population of 39,122 inhabitants. As all the other central city municipalities, it has been depopulating for decades, however, it still remains one of the most densely populated: 2,445/km2 (6,330/sq mi) (4,686/km² or 12,136/sq mi back in 1961).

Ethnic structure[edit]

The ethnic composition of the municipality:[3]

Ethnic group Population
Serbs 34,742
Yugoslavs 394
Montenegrins 369
Croats 251
Romani 237
Macedonians 191
Muslims 68
Slovenians 58
Hungarians 49
Russians 44
Bosniaks 38
Slovaks 33
Romanians 29
Bulgarians 27
Albanians 23
Germans 21
Others 2,548
Total 39,122


Recent Presidents of the Municipality since 2000:

  • 2000–2004: Branislav Belić
  • 2004–2012: Tomislav Đorđević
  • 2012–2016: Dušan Dinčić
  • 2016–present: Irena Vujović


Savski Venac constitutes the western section of the downtown Belgrade. Most government offices and administrative buildings are located in the municipality, including:

The building of the National Bank of Serbia, near Slavija Square



Savski venac railway map
to Beograd Donji grad
Savski venac
Beograd glavna enlarge…
Senjak tunnel
Savski venac
Beograd centar
Dedinje tunnel
Karađorđev park
to Košutnjak
  1. New Railroad Bridge
  2. Old Railroad Bridge
  3. New Belgrade enlarge…/Čukarica | S.venac border
  4. S. venac \ Stari grad border
  5. S. venac / Vračar border

Economy and tourism[edit]


Culture and education[edit]


  • Sportsko Selo ("Sport Village") – In the early 1970s a football pitch was built at the end of the Deligradska street, right above the highway. It was adapted into the Yugoslav People's Army Reserve Officers' Training Ground, but in the early 1990s the location was abandoned. The lot was left unattended and gradually turned into a rubbish dump. In 2009 a project for the ground was jointly drafted by the city and the municipality with the working title "Ada Ciganlija u malom". After two years of construction, the new complex was opened on 30 May 2011. It covers an area of 85 ares (91,000 square feet) and contains one volleyball, three basketball and four tennis courts, children playgrounds and a fitness plateau. There are also a futsal and bocce courts, outdoor gym, walking paths, rest areas, wooden ice-cream kiosk and a parking lot. The complex is situated in a wooded area and includes an amphitheater suitable for the theatrical performances in the open. Invited to choose the name for the complex between the originally proposed "Ada Ciganlija u malom" and "Sportsko Selo" which appeared during the construction, citizens picked the latter.[4][5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Savski Venac - Official Profile in English
  2. ^ "2011 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia" (PDF). Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "ETHNICITY Data by municipalities and cities" (PDF). Statistical Office of Serbia. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  4. ^ "Sportski tereni umesto deponije", Politika (in Serbian), 18 May 2011 
  5. ^ M.S.M. (31 May 2011), "Od deponije - sportska oaza", Politika (in Serbian) 

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Coordinates: 44°41′N 20°24′E / 44.683°N 20.400°E / 44.683; 20.400