Zmaj Jovina


This one-story house was built in the second half of the 18th century, and during the first decade of the 20th century, it got its present-day late Secession appearance. In Buna, the house was significantly damaged, but it was rebuilt in the 1950s.

Throughout the 19th century, the house belonged to the famous merchant family of Koda from cincar.

The foundation of this one-story house is in the shape of the Cyrillic letter “П”, with a longer right and shorter left courtyard wing, and with a central vehicular entrance. In the shorter left courtyard wing, there is a winding staircase to the first floor, with stone treads and a richly decorated wrought iron railing.

The facade has a centrally placed car entrance on the ground floor, and there are two large window openings on the left and right sides.

The dominant element on the facade of the first floor is the balcony, which extends over its greater part, with a semicircular extension of the base in the middle and a richly decorated wrought iron railing in the art nouveau style. The balcony was probably added during the third decade of the 20th century.

Here we also find a wider centrally placed balcony door opening, instead of the former two windows, and two symmetrically arranged double-winged windows on each side.

The courtyard facade is dominated by a communication balcony with brick arches and profiled stone consoles, and the fence is simple and decorated with double spiral motifs.

The bridge over the gate connecting the courtyard wings has a wrought iron railing with a decorative rosette.

The basement rooms are under the street part of the house, with arched vaults.

The roof of the street part of the house is on two pitches, covered with biber tiles, and the courtyard wings are roofed on one pitch. The original roof covering was replaced with new pepper tiles.

The realisation of this site was supported by the Administration for Culture of the City of Novi Sad

The sources and materials of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of the City of Novi Sad were used for the realization of this website

The Old Core of Novi Sad was declared a cultural asset, by the decision on establishing it as a spatial cultural-historical unit – 05 no. 633-151/2008 of January 17, 2008, “Sl. gazette of the Republic of Serbia” no. 07/2008.