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"MOSTAR"

 
- I arrived there in '62 in neigbourhood around Mostar, that was the old Mostar, Sitnicka Street 7. That building was somehow above and the Mostar was below. There was a tavern "Big Mostar", then "Little Mostar", there were some little shops, confectionary, tavern, brewery that was open all night.
- And the nursery "Brothers Srnic" there on the slope.
- I have one picture of that old Mostar, street was cobbled.


-    Luka Mladenovic. He is a famous painter, he painted our entire borough.
-    “Mostar” confectionary. There were "Rifat", "Tekstil" and down here by Manasijeva Street was "Musa". That is where my dad used to eat baklavas and put them in his pockets. That is behind textile shop.
-    Across the road was brewery.
-    Somewhere there is Zoran's butcher shop.
-    I do not remember the butcher shop, but I do remember the confectionary. As soon as I get a little money, I go to confectionary and I adored ice-cream.
-    Why Mostar got the name Mostar?
-    After the tavern?
-    No. When you go from “Mostar” to Sava, there was the so-called building "Monopol" and when the Government of the City of Belgrade wanted, by the order of King Alexander, to build rail bridge that stands there now and leads to New Belgrade, the initial idea was that bypass over Sava is made there, where the building "Monopol" stood. The building was a private ownership of four brothers and two sisters. That is the building opposite the old one, in fact, where the tavern "Mostar" is, then the next one. Therefore, that building, the corner of Duke Misic Street and Sarajevska Street, there it was, it was going down, there was one big metal fence, one big courtyard, that is where railmen lived. However, by the old Serbian tradition, the brothers could not agree if the building was to go down and for there to be put piles for the bridge and they gave up that idea too and they moved to another location where is rail bridge now by the bus station.
- When they started with that bridge idea, the first that were on the stage were café owners and the taverns opened, firstly "Little Mostar", then "Big Mostar" and then "Little Stadium" and then it was that BIP's brewery. Across the road, when you go through Duke Putnik Boulevard, are two taverns, vulcaniser, the lumberyard opposite and there was a brewery that everybody from Senjak and Mostar called "Pampundzon".
- I remember in '61. during the First Conference of the Non-aligned, in that part of entrance in Duke Putnik Boulevard was triumphal arch. That triumphal arch was all in natural flowers. Every morning they changed flowers during the conference. And we stood there and waited for all to pass by.
- Then there was a clock and when they moved it there was a police officer. That was the first police officer who was regulating traffic in Belgrade.
- "At the big entrance portal on Mostar loop there was an emblem of Belgrade conference that was 15 meters high" - Politika (newspaper) recorded. Taken from: http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Politika/Kako-su-Beograd-i-Tito-docekivali-nesvrstane.lt.html 
- I only know that my father, deceased, born in 1923,sat as a little boy on that fence of the building "Monopol".
- There was a big lumberyard, after lumberyard there was a butcher and after butcher's was the Institute for disinfection and deratisation.
- I think that all that neighbourhood and the square got the name by the tavern or the other way around.
- Why exactly Mostar? 
- That neighbourhood is not Mostar. They called it by the tavern "Lets go to Mostar".
- Believe it or not, as a child in 1968 Imoved to Debarska Street that is the rim between Vracar and Vozdovac. In '71 I enroll to high scholl, XI Belgrade's. Then there were still corn fields below Sumice through which there was big Mokroluski stream. In '71 Gazela bridge was built because in '68 Mostar started being destroyed, those two rail buildings were completely displaced to Kanarevo Hill  and then the works for the building of Gazela started.