Vlajko Kalenic

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Vlajko Kalenić (1851-1908) was a wealthy Serbian shoemaker and merchant who became one of the largest philanthropists of the University of Belgrade in his day.[1]

Vladimir "Vlajko" Kalenić was born in Mali Mokri Lug, which eventually became an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, in 1851. His father was a shoemaker and of considerable wealth when Vlajko went to work with him. Craftsmanship at the time was flourishing in Serbia.[2] When his father died, Vlajko purchased more land was eventually as more people came to live in the neighborhood he severed the land into construction lots and sold at an incrementally higher price. Vlajko also continued to be engaged in agriculture and the produce was exported all over the bordering countries in Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Soon, he became very wealthy and married Mileva, though they had no issue. On 30 June 1907 when he knew he was dying he wrote in his will, leaving his entire assets to Serbia "for educational purposes."[3]

The endowment activity in Serbia is a well-known, established tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages when monarchs and bishops built monasteries and churches throughout the countryside. The monasteries were fortresses that housed scriptoria, schools, hospitals, hostels, and kitchens for the poor and impoverished. Later, the wealthy merchant class took up the tradition in order to leave a lasting legacy after them.


  1. Gore, Univerzitet Crne. "Univerzitet Crne Gore - O Univerzitetu". UCG - Univerzitet Crne Gore.
  2. "Belgrade attractions - Kalenic Market | Belgrade Beat". belgrade-beat.com.
  3. "Национална Ревија - National Review".

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