House of the National Assembly of Serbia
House of the National Assembly of Serbia (Serbian: Дом
Народне Скупштине, Dom Narodne Skupštine) is the seat
of the National Assembly of Serbia. The building is on Nikola Pašić
Square in downtown Belgrade, and is a landmark and tourist attraction.
Between its completion in 1936 and 2006, it was the seat of the
Parliament of Yugoslavia
Parliament of Yugoslavia and the Parliament of Serbia and Montenegro.
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Girl With a Pitcher fountain
King Peter I built the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of
Serbia near the former location of a large Batal mosque. The first
plans for the future House of Representatives were drawn up by
Konstantin Jovanović in 1891. His plans were slightly
revised because of a new state constitution mandating a bicameral
(instead of unicameral) legislature. Architect Jovan Ilkić won a 1901
design competition, adhering to Jovanović's basic plan. The
cornerstone of the House of Representative was laid in a public 1907
ceremony by King Peter I in the presence of other members of the royal
family and senior officials. Construction lasted until 1936,
interrupted by the Balkan Wars,
World War I
World War I and the Great Depression.
The first session in the new house took place on 20 October 1936.
The 13,800-square-meter building is designed in neo-baroque style. Its
interior, completed in 1938, was designed by Russian architect Nikolai
Krasnov. Krasnov designed every detail: chandeliers, lamps, handles,
windows, and furniture. His plans were painted in watercolor, rather
than a classical technical drawing with pencil and ruler. Lawmakers
have not long to enjoyed the newly built House of Representative.
After the 1941 invasion of Yugoslavia and during the World War II, the
House of Representative housed the German high command for
southeastern Europe. The building was damaged during the
demonstrations on 5 October 2000, and appears on the RSD5,000
banknote. The parliament building was featured in the 2011 film,
The house was originally designed by architect Konstantin Jovanović
in 1891, but financial constraints prevented its construction at the
time. A new design was proposed by Jovan Ilkić in 1901 after a
constitutional amendment and the creation of a bicameral
Following the formation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
in 1918, the parliament was increased and the original design (under
construction) deemed inadequate. A modified design was made by
Ilkić's son, Pavle, in 1920 and construction resumed until its
completion in 1936. A sculpture by Toma Rosandić, Igrali se konji
vrani (Play by Black Horses), was installed in front of the building
Play by Black Horses, 1938 sculpture by Toma Rosandić
The building's interior was designed by architect Nikolai Krasnov in
academic traditional style. Covering about 13,400 square metres
(144,000 sq ft), it has four storeys: a basement, ground
floor, first floor and attic, with mezzanines below the basement,
between the basement and the ground floor and between the ground and
first floors. The building has 100 offices, large and small halls and
four committee rooms. The 165-square-metre (1,780 sq ft)
library, on the first floor, contains over 60,000 books. The
building is decorated with 23 frescoes and a number of paintings,
sculptures and other fine artworks.
During the 5 October riots in 2000, 91 pieces of art were stolen from
the National Assembly. Thirty-five have been found, but 56 remain
missing. The building itself was also damaged.
Construction began on 27 August 1907, when the building's cornerstone
was laid in the presence of Peter I of Serbia, George, Crown Prince of
Serbia, members of parliament and the diplomatic corps. Its charter,
sealed in the cornerstone during the ceremony, bore the names of the
king, the metropolitan, and chief architect Jovan Ilkić. Construction
was overseen by
Belgrade contractor Vasa Tešić. It was delayed until
the end of World War I, with only the first floor completed.
Construction was influenced by the formation of the Kingdom of
Yugoslavia, which required the project to be modified. After Ilkić's
death in 1917 his son, Ministry of Construction architect Pavle
Ilkić, led the project. His duties included making the required
changes and completing the original design. Construction continued
from 1920 to 1926, when it was again suspended. A decision about the
next phase was made after the death of
Alexander I of Yugoslavia
Alexander I of Yugoslavia in
1934, when the contractor became Ministry of Construction chief
architect Nikolaj Krasnov (1864–1939). Krasnov's thirty years of
experience in public-building design (giving him the titles of
Architect of the Russian Imperial Court and "the academician of
architecture") led to his invitation to work on important buildings in
the Serbian capital, and he provided details of the interior. The
National Assembly was dedicated on 18 October 1936 in the presence of
Peter II of Yugoslavia, after 29 years of construction. The first
governmental session was held two days later, and by the end of the
year the building was fully completed.
Facade medallions (from left: Demosthenes, Cicero, Pallas Athena, and
Pericles) by Đorđe Jovanović
The building's central risalit is dominated by a portico with a
triangular tympanum, above which is a dome with a lantern at the top.
Its external design (with rustic green stone from
Ripanj for the
basement), and the shape of windows and pilasters extending through
the two central levels and ending in a roof cornice with balustrade,
indicate neo-Renaissance and neo-Baroque models. The original design's
heraldic and sculptural decorations were not executed. The only
plastic ornaments are medallions with images of Pericles, Athena,
Demosthenes and Cicero, by sculptor Đorđe Jovanović, on the lateral
risalits. A sculpture above the portals of an angel with a torch and
an olive branch was designed by sculptor Petar Palavičini. A 1937
fence with decorative candelabras and two guardrooms with stylized
lanterns on top was designed by Krasnov; the fence stood until 1956,
when it was removed for Marx and Engels Square (now Nikola Pašić
Square). In 1939 a sculptural group by Toma Rosandić, Black Horses
Playing, was installed near the steps.
Interior design includes large and small halls and conference rooms, a
central vestibule topped by a dome, polychrome walls with columns,
pilasters, niches and loggias and a marble floor. The Assembly Hall,
designed to hold 200 people, was expanded to accommodate 400.
Krasnov's furniture designs reflect contemporary
Belgrade tastes. The
walls of the Assembly are adorned with twenty frescoes, made during
1937 by prominent Yugoslav artists. Because of its architectural,
cultural, historical and artistic value, the National Assembly
Building was made a cultural monument in 1984.
Before 2006, the National Assembly of Serbia met in the parliament
building on Kralja Milana Street and its current building was used by
the Federal Assembly of Yugoslavia. The parliament building is still
used by the national assembly for offices and administration.
The design for this building was completed in 1948, and its
construction was completed in late 1953. It was designed by architect
E. Azriel and built by the Construction Institute of Serbia. The
building was known as the Office Building of the Presidency of the
Government of the People's Republic of Serbia at Marshal Tito Street
(later renamed Kralja Milana Street). The first National Assembly
session in the building was held on 20 March 1954; from 1945 to 1954,
National Assembly sessions were held at the House of the National
Assembly on Nikola Pašić Square.
1958 session of the Yugoslav Federal Assembly
Black Horses Playing in winter
Statue of Prince Kocel, by T. Kos
1937 fresco by Mate Menegalo Rodic
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