Stari Grad, Belgrade

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Stari Grad
Стари Град
Coat of arms of Stari Grad
Coat of arms
Belgrade's location within Serbia
Belgrade's location within Serbia
Location of Stari Grad within Belgrade
Location of Stari Grad within Belgrade
Country Serbia
District City of Belgrade
Status Municipality
Settlements 1
 • Municipality president Marko Bastać (DS)
 • Total 7.0 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 48,061
 • Density 6,900/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 11000
Area code(s) +381 11
license plates BG

Stari Grad (Serbian Cyrillic: Стари Град, pronounced [stâːriː ɡrâd]) is an urban neighborhood and one of 17 municipalities which constitute Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It encompasses some of the oldest sections of urban Belgrade, thus the name (‘’stari grad’’, Serbian for “old city”). Stari Grad is one of the three municipalities that occupy the centre of the city (together with Savski Venac and Vračar).


The neighborhood of Stari Grad is not generally considered by the Belgraders as one single definitive neighborhood. Area which Stari Grad covers is either simply styled "downtown" or by the names of the more established neighborhood which it overlaps: Two parts of Dorćol separated on social-difference and architecture basis, It spreads from the bank of Danube by the Kalemegdan fortress to the Republic Square also known as "The Horse". Downtown Belgrade is most populated area which makes it the heart of the city, it spreads from Terazije down to Despot Stefan Boulevard. Tasmajdan neighborhood is along with Šipka the on the east side of Stari grad next to municipality of Palilula.



Stari Grad occupies the ending ridge of Šumadija geological bar. The cliff-like ridge, where the fortress of Kalemegdan is located, overlooks the Great War Island and the confluence of the Sava river into the Danube, and makes one of the most beautiful natural lookouts in Belgrade. With Novi Beograd, it is one of 2 municipalities of Belgrade (out of 17) which occupy the banks of both major rivers in Belgrade, the Sava and the Danube (Zemun was the third, but when the municipality of Surčin split, Zemun was left with the Danube, and Surčin with the Sava bank).

The municipality of Stari Grad covers an area of just 7 square kilometers (2.7 sq mi) (second smallest in Belgrade, after Vračar) and borders the municipalities of Paliula on the east, Vračar on the south-east and Savski Venac on the south. The Sava makes a border to the municipality of Novi Beograd (west) and the Danube to the municipalities of Zemun (north-west) and the Banat's section of Palilula.

The riverside of the Danube has two distinct artificial bays, the small marina (Marina Dorćol) and the Port of Belgrade.


Like the other two "old" municipalities of central Belgrade (Savski Venac and Vračar), Stari Grad for decades is a highly depopulating municipality, but being a central municipality and small in area, it remains one of the most densely populated municipalities in Serbia. There were 48,061 inhabitants according to the 2011 census or 6,866/km2 (17,780/sq mi), compared to a population of 96,517 with a density of 13,788/km2 (35,710/sq mi) back in 1971. Population of Stari Grad:

  • 1961 - 96,517
  • 1971 - 83,742
  • 1981 - 73,767
  • 1991 - 68,552
  • 2002 - 55,543
  • 2011 - 48,061 (49.8% of the 1961 population)

Even though residential areas are much densely compact compared to Vračar, the latter is densely populated because almost one third of Stari Grad, even though it is "heart" of Belgrade is not inhabited (mostly the large park of Kalemegdan and the highly industrialized riverside of the Danube, with dozens of factories and spacious hangars and depots). However, a number of people working on the territory of the municipality doubles its own population and makes possible for the municipality of Stari Grad to achieve GDP per capita 6 to 8 times higher than the average in Serbia.

History and administration[edit]

Despite some of the oldest sections of Belgrade belong to Stari Grad, the municipality itself is among the latest urban ones formed administratively. It was formed by the merger of the municipality of Skadarlija and part of the municipality of Terazije on January 1, 1957.

Recent Presidents of the Municipality:

  • 1992–2000: Jovan Kažić (b. 1937)
  • 2000–June 21, 2012: Mirjana Božidarević (b. 1954)
  • June 21, 2012–May 12, 2016: Dejan Kovačević (b. 1966)
  • May 12, 2016–present: Marko Bastać (b. 1984)

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Stari Grad is twinned with:



Belgrade City Assembly
Presidency of the Republic


Economy and tourism[edit]


As a curiosity, Stari Grad is location of two shortest streets of Belgrade, Marka Leka and Laze Pačua, which are 45 and 48 meters long, respectively.[7] Despite being in the sole downtown and densely populated urban section, they have no numbers as all the buildings located in them are numbered from the neighboring streets.

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Coordinates: 44°49′09″N 20°27′26″E / 44.8191359°N 20.4572362°E / 44.8191359; 20.4572362