Mirijevo

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Mirijevo (Cyrillic: ????????, Template:IPA-sh) is an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in Belgrade's municipality of Zvezdara. One of the largest single neighborhoods in Europe, consists of several sub-neighborhoods (Staro & Novo Mirijevo, Mirijevo II-IV, etc.)

Location and geography

Mirijevo is located 11 kilometers east of downtown Belgrade, on the eastern outskirts of Belgrade's urban zone. It extends into the neighborhoods of ?alije on the north, Zvezdara on the west and Mali Mokri Lug (Zeleno Brdo) on the south. The neighborhood developed in the valley of Mirijevski potok (creek which is a right tributary to the Danube, at the neighborhood of Rospi ?uprija), between the Zvezdara hill in the west (253 meters), Orlovica hill (274 meters, read as Orlovitsa; on some city maps given as Orlova?a) in the north-east and Stoj?ino hill (274 meters) in the south, so the neighborhood today mostly develops in the south-east, the only remaining unurbanized part of the valley.

History and population

Mirijevo used to be a separate village, outside Belgrade's urban zone, but as Belgrade developed, by the early 1970s Mirijevo became part of the city's urban area and lost separate status after 1971, becoming local community (mesna zajednica, sub-municipal administrative unit) within Belgrade city proper (uža teritorija grada). Massive population growth ensued. Population of Mirijevo by official censuses (1921-1971 as a separate settlement, then part of Belgrade since 1981):

  • 1921 - 1,410
  • 1953 - 2,100
  • 1971 - 7,928
  • 1981 - 18,000
  • 1991 - 34,456
  • 2002 - 36,590
  • 2007 - 58,000
  • 2010 - 72,000

Municipality movement

Movement which gained momentum during the ongoing protest from the local population against construction of the power transformer in the center of the neighborhood from the late 1990s. However, the idea is on hiatus at the moment.

Sub-neighborhoods

Staro Mirijevo

Staro Mirijevo (Old Mirijevo) is the oldest part of the neighborhood, area of the former village of Mirijevo and it constitutes a separate local community. It occupies the northern section of the entire neighborhood, on the both sides of Mirijevski Potok, bordering ?alije on the north, Zvezdara on the west, Orlovsko Naselje on the north-east, Mirijevo II on the south and Mirijevo III on the south-east. Area is mostly made from individual residential houses, with a population of 7,604 by the 2002 census (including Orlovsko Naselje). Central streets are Jovanke Radakovi? and Vitezova Kara?or?eve zvezde. Orthodox church of the Saint Prophet Elias is in the center of the neighborhood.

Novo Mirijevo

Novo Mirijevo (New Mirijevo) is a joint name for the local community with a population of 28,986 by the 2002 census. It consists of Mirijevo II, III and IV.

Mirijevo II

Central part of the neighborhood, characterized by the large residential buildings. It borders Staro Mirijevo on the north, Mirijevo III on the east and extends into Mali Mokri Lug on the south-west. Central street, going through the center of the neighborhood is Mirijevski venac while the southern border is marked by the parallel Matice srpske street. In April 2008 grassy area between the Mirijevski venac and Radivoja Markovi?a streets was projected as the future and first real park in the neighborhood. Park will consist of the linden trees and the existing playgrounds and bocce court will be renovated and become part of the park.

Mirijevo III

Eastern part of the neighborhood, entirely residential. Bounded by the streets of Matice srpske on the west and Koste Na?a on the east, it borders Mirijevo II on the west and Mirijevo IV on the south-east. A new Health Center, under construction since the 1990s was finally finished in 2009, while a new kindergarten was also completed in 2008.

Mirijevo IV

The latest, south-eastern extension of the neighborhood. From Koste Nadja Street and along Samuel Beckett and Mikhail Bulgakov Streets, this is the largest of the Mirijevo neighborhoods. One of the largest schools in Belgrade and Serbia, Pavle Savic Elementary School is also located there. The newest parts of the neighborhood extend along the 1,1 kilometer long road connecting Mirijevo to the Smederevski put, a road connecting Belgrade and Smederevo via Belgrade's suburb of Grocka. The road was opened in 2007 and shortened the trip from suburbs in Grocka direction (like Kalu?erica) for 11 kilometers. For over a 20 years a beltway circumventing central part of Mirijevo is planned and the construction should began in 2008. It will bypass the neighborhood from Mirijevo IV, through the unurbanized eastern side to the beginning of the Mirijevo boulevard in the southern part of the neighborhood of ?alije, north of Mirijevo itself.

Orlovsko Naselje

Orlovsko Naselje (Serbian Cyrillic: ???????? ??????) is the north-eastern extension of Mirijevo. It is mostly an informal settlement of the Romani people. The main street in the settlement is Orlovska, meaning "eagle street" (thus the neighborhood is called "eagle settlement") as it leds in the foothills of the neighboring Orlova?a hill ("eagle hill"). In early 2000s, various alleys of the Orlovska street were named after people who were connected to Romani people, either by their descent, work, etc.: Django Reinhardt, Yul Brynner, Rabindranath Tagore, Jovan Jani?ijevi? Burduš, etc. Population of the settlement is estimated to over 900.

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