The oldest house in Belgrade, the Beli Medved coffee house in Vasilija Vasilijevica Street in the Zemun neighborhood of Cukovac, which dates back to the 18th century, should be reconstructed this year. The Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments of Belgrade has applied for funds with the Ministry of Culture and Information for the reconstruction of this building.
Once the contest is completed and the money obtained, a reconstruction and restoration project will be done, which will also show how much money needs to be set aside, Vecernje Novosti writes.
– It is a brick house. It had a double purpose: the upper floor featured apartments, whereas the ground floor, facing the street, featured a coffee house – the Institute says.
Beli Medved was open until the 1960s. An underground brick passage with two branches of 10 and 14 meters was built beneath the building and used as a wine cellar.
It is still not known what the purpose of the reconstructed facility will be. The ground floor is owned by the PE Poslovni Centar Zemun.