The Serbian Parlament

August 8, 2015
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Sergej Elola Saric Male
Belgrade, Serbia

King Peter I took the initiative that to the area near the place where once located a large-Batal mosque, build a building that would serve the purpose as the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Serbia. The first project of the future House of Representative was made by the architect Konstantin Jovanović in 1891. His plan later was little changed for technical reasons, because of a new state constitution which requires a bicameral instead of the unicameral legislature. In the new competition in 1901, won the second architect, Jovan Ilkić, under whose plan constructed building assemblies. Architect Ilkić was not deviate from the basic version of the plan Konstantin Jovanović. The cornerstone of the House of Representative at a special ceremony was laid in 1907 by King Peter I, in the presence of other members of the royal family, senior officials and the people. The works lasted for almost 30 years, up until 1936. Construction were interrupted on several occasions - due to the two Balkan War, World War I and Great Depression from 1929. The house was completed in 1936 with the first sitting taking place on the 20th of October that year. The building is designed in the neo-baroque style. The building in that time was not been fully completed, because it still needs to work on its interior decoration, up until 1938. For this work he was engaged Russian architect Nikolai Krasnov, who is in every room of the building of 13,800 square meters done project of interior design. Krasnov was designed every detail - chandeliers, lamps, handles, windows, and furniture. His plans were not carried out as a classical technical drawing with a ruler and a pencil, than a watercolor. Lawmakers have not long to enjoyed the newly built House of Representative. After the invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941, the country was occupied, and during period of the Second World War in the House of Representative was located a German High Command of southeastern Europe. The parliament building was damaged during the October fifth demonstrations in 2000. The building is shown on the five thousand Serbian dinar banknote. The parliament building was also featured in the movie Coriolanus (2011).

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