The little wooden village of Mecavnik is a unique architectural masterpiece by Emir Kusturica, itself the ideal location for the Bolshoy Festival.
The idea of creating a genuine Serbian village came to Kusturica in the early 2000s, during the filming of “Life is a Miracle.” The film was shot on location opposite Mecavnik hill, and, according to Emir himself, he often looked around the side of the hill, waiting for the sun to come out so he could continue shooting. Gradually the landscape began to occupy more and more of the director’s thoughts until, once shooting was complete, construction of what Kusturica calls the “ethnographic hotel city” began. Drvengrad received its first visitors in 2004, immediately becoming one of Serbia’s most frequently visited sightseeing locations.
All of the streets and buildings have been named for famous people: Novak Djokovic Street, Maradona Street, the Stanley Kurbrick Theatre, Nikita Mikhalkhov Square, the House of Dostoevsky, and more.
The town is centred around Nikola Tesla square, whose main building is the church of St Sava; the town having only around 50 houses, in total.
“I lost my own city, Sarajevo, during the war. So I wanted to build my own village.”
Drvengrad has a library, an art gallery, a cinema, and the main house — complete with cinema hall, reception room, guest room, swimming pool, gym, sauna, and separate rooms for the Kusturica family — as well as a sports hall, restaurant, sweet and cake shop, souvenir shop, and the Church of St Sava.