Ministry of Finance of Serbia Building

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The Ministry of Finance of Serbia Building
(today Building of the Government of Serbia)
Зграда Министарства Финансија Србије (today Зграда Владе Републике Србије)
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Location within Belgrade
General information
Address22 Kneza Miloša street
Town or city Savski Venac, Belgrade
CountrySerbia
Coordinates 44°48′23″N20°27′37″E / 44.8064°N 20.4602°E / 44.8064; 20.4602 Coordinates: 44°48′23″N20°27′37″E / 44.8064°N 20.4602°E / 44.8064; 20.4602
Construction started1926
Completed1928
Opened1928;92 years ago (1928)
Renovated1999
Demolished1999
Owner Government of Serbia
Design and construction
Architect Nikolaj Krasnov

The Ministry of Finance of Serbia Building (Serbian Cyrillic : Зграда Министарства Финансија Србије) is a building of the Ministry of Finance of Serbia, located in Savski Venac, Belgrade, Serbia.

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Architecture

It is the work of Russian architect Nikolaj Petrovič Krasnov, [1] the most important representative of the academic historicism in the Serbian interwar architecture. [2] Due to the importance that the building has as an anthological work of Belgrade academic interwar architecture, it represents the immovable cultural property as the cultural monument. [3] The building was constructed between 1926 and 1928, after the design by the architect Nikolay Krasnov, [4] as the author of the original design of the building, and the later addition of the third floor from 1938.

The building is conceived as the monumental object at the crossroads of the busy Knez Miloš Street and Nemanjina Street. It has the square-shaped basis with the spacious inner courtyard. The interior was designed according to its purpose. The exquisite artistry of the facades reflects in the richness of the decorative architectural plastic, a number of details, studied ratio between the masses. The dynamic facades, designed in the style of аcademism, have massive pilasters, between the first and the second floor windows. The most luxurious is the corner part of the building, where the vertical effect is underlined by the dome with the bronze sculpture on its top – the personification of Yugoslavia. This sculpture, as well as other free standing sculptures on the facades of the building, Fertility with cornucopia, Crafts, Industry and Mercury were the works of a sculptor Đorđe Jovanović. [5] The choice of motifs and the symbols of the facade sculptures was determined by the institution located in the building. The symbolism of the motifs was determined by the activity of the institution the object was initially intended for. The Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia Building was designated as the cultural property.

In NATO aggresion 1999. building of Government of Serbia was bombed and badly damaged.

Today, this building is a site of the Government of Serbia.

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