One of the oldest parts of Belgrade, the first to be built outside the walls of Belgrade Fortress and the first that most visitors encounter as it is located next to the train and bus station, Savamala was also once the center of the city. After the pedestrian zone was moved to Knez Mihailova Street, Savamala lingered as an industrial district. Decades later it was transformed into one of the most popular parts of Belgrade, and is now known as an urban design neighborhood. Savamala’s name comes from the river Sava and the Turkish word "mahala", which means settlement or a small town.
Luka Ćelović’s merit
The great Serbian philanthropist and merchant Luka Ćelović was responsible for creating Savamala. He transformed the formerly unattractive and poor areas by the river into today’s buildings, which are almost all monuments to culture. His greatest legacy is Karađorđeva Street.
Constructed between in 1905 and in 1907 in the spirit of eclecticism with prominent elements of baroque and Art Nouveau, the building of the Geological Institute is one of the anthological examples of contemporary Serbian architecture, and today it is a protected monument.
Built in 1912 in the spirit of classicism, the building was originally the home of the insurance and Credit Cooperative Society of Belgrade. During the World Congress of Bankers and Financial Experts, Belgrade was visited by a member of the famous Rockefeller family, thanks to whom the hotel was renovated.
"The Bridge of King Alexander" was put into operation in December 1934. Belgraders call it "The Sava Bridge" or "The Bridge of Brankova Street." Many believe that it is named after Branko Ćopić, who ended his life by jumping from the bridge, but it and the street are actually named after the poet Branko Radicević.