Savo Nakićenović

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25 January 1882

(1882-01-25) January 25, 1882 (age 141)
  • Orthodox priest
  • Writer
  • Geographer
  • historian
  • Ethnologist
  • Jovan (father)
  • Ljubica (mother)

Savo Nakićenović (1882 - 1926) was a Serbian Orthodox priest, writer, geographer, historian and ethnologist.[1]


Savo Nakićenović was born on 25 January 1882 in Kuti near the town of Bileća, to father Jovan and mother Ljubica. He finished elementary school in his hometown and high school in Kotor. He graduated in theology and sciences in 1904 at the Zadar Theological Seminary. In September 1904, he married Vukosava Novaković of Knin. In the same month, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Gerasim Petranović of Montenegro. At first, he was a parish priest in Sasovići, and he also served the parish in his hometown of Kuti. In the spring of 1910, as an already prominent geographer and ethnologist, Jovan Cvijić invited him to the founding assembly of the National Geographic Society of Serbia, of which he remained a member for the rest of his life. Since 1911, he was a parish priest and schoolteacher in his hometown. During the First World War, he was forbidden by the invading forces to engage in scientific work. He spent a short time in internment, and the tortures he was subjected to seriously damaged his health. He was the initiator of the founding and opening of the grammar school in Herceg Novi, and since September 1919 he taught history, geography and calligraphy there. His dedication to pastoral and scientific work garnered him the Order of Saint Sava in 1924. In the same year, he contracted paralysis. Enduring a serious illness as a result of the affliction, he died on 25 April 1926 at the age of 45.[2]

Scientific work

At the beginning of 1906, he wrote the anthropo-geographic work "Municipalities of Herceg Novi, Risan, Peraška and Sutorina" which was received by the Serbian Royal Academy of Sciences, for the ethnographic collection "Settlements of Serbian lands - debates and materials".[3]Another important work of his is "Boka - anthropogeographic study" published in 1913 in the edition of the Ethnographic Institute.[4]From 1911, he collaborated in the newspaper Srpska zora from Dubrovnik. He also cooperated with Matica Srpska, which existed in those years, also in Dubrovnik. For the newspaper Srpska zora, he made a study on Herceg Novi, though the manuscript was never published. In Sarajevo, he also collaborated with the Serbian cultural and educational association Prosvjeta. His anthropogeographical study Konavle, which Jovan Cvijić liked very much, disappeared (in manuscript) from the Serbian Royal Academy of Sciences, after Cvijić's death. In the meantime, he worked on a study of the Knin region. He intended to finish this work in 1924, but a serious illness prevented him from doing so. The Serbian cultural association Zora in Knin published this work in the 1990s, and it was reprinted several times since then.[5]

Important works

Works include:

  • Savo Nakićenović, "Knin Region: Settlements and the Origin of the Population" (1st ed.). Knin: Serbian Cultural Society Zora. 1990:
  • Savo Nakićenović, "Kninska Krajina: Settlements and the Origin of the Population (2nd ed.), Belgrade: Nikola Pašić, 1999;
  • Savo Nakićenović, " Kninska Krajina" (3rd ed.). Belgrade: Nikola Pašić, 2004.[6]


Prota Savo Nakićenović, "Knin Region: Settlements and the Origin of the Population", Belgrade 1999.


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