Kazandžijsko sokače

Kopitareva, Nis

Kazandzijsko sokace - the most important information 

Only this street located in the very center of Nis can testify to the old Nis Bazaar built in the first half of the 18th century. In Ottoman times, it was part of the artisan quarter. In this alley, about 100 meters long, there were primarily cauldron and barrel making shops, as well as weaving shops. After the liberation of Nis, 13 cauldron making shops operated in this part of the city, the last of which was closed at the end of the 20th century. The street is still not under state protection, except for the houses with numbers 7 and 9, in which the pottery workshops were situated.

History of Kazandzijsko sokace
In addition to skillfully making barrels, cauldrons, pots for brandy and rakia, coffee pots in their shops, the masters gladly gathered in front to cheerfully chat and share tips, tools and some gossip. The facades of the houses that made up the street were mostly destroyed and only a part of the original houses has been preserved and can be seen as one structural building unit, declared a cultural and historical unit in 1991. The cobblestones in the street are specific to the era of Turkish conquests, when important city streets were paved with large stone blocks. Although the name of the street was changed to Kopitareva after the First World War, the people still usually call it by its old name. The nineties of the 20th century brought decorations to the street where a large number of cafes and restaurants were opened at that time, which are always well attended. The last reconstruction of the street was in 2017, when the well-known cobblestones were almost completely removed to the displeasure of the citizens.

How to get to Kazandzijsko sokace?
It is located in the center of Nis and covers the part from the Republic Square to the shopping center "Kalca"; connects the fountain of Stevan Sremec, Kalca and Capa monument and the plateau in front of the tavern Stara Srbija. Several bus lines of well-developed public transport stop near Kopitareva Street; you can reach Nikola Pasic Street or Obrenoviceva Street and walk from there for a short time. 
  • Bus lines: 1, 2, 4,  5, 6, 10, 13, 36
  • On foot: from Trg republike by Nikola Pasic Street it takes a 5-minute walk 
  • Taxi stations: Prvi Taxi  018 /4500005, Bros Taxi 018 /4155541, City Taxi  0800 / 000022
Additional information: 
  • Around the New Year's holidays, it is possible to visit the Nis in the Heart Festival at the very entrance to the street, one of the so-called open heart streets organized in various cities in Serbia at the same time and where it is possible to enjoy various specialties, sweets, performances and decorations. 


Type of Attractions
  • Brige
  • Museum


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