Mećavnik

Drvengrad, Mećavnik

Drvengrad, also known as Küstendorf and Mećavnik, is a traditional village that the Serbian film director Emir Kusturica built for his film "Life Is a Miracle". It is located in the Zlatibor District near the city of Užice, two hundred kilometers southwest of Serbias capital, Belgrade. It is located near Mokra Gora and Višegrad, best known for Yugoslav Ivo Andrićs Nobel-winning novel, The Bridge on the Drina.

Drvengrad is also known as Küstendorf, as a word play on German DORF (village) and Kusturicas nickname, Kusta. Kusturica has also been known to call it Mećavnik, which is the name of the neighbouring village.

Drvengrad has a library, named the Ivo Andrić Library; an artist gallery named Macola in honor of sculptor Dragan Jovićević (it was previously known as Anika, after a character from Ivo Andrićs prose); Cinema Stanley Kubrick; a main house which houses a cinema-hall in the cellar, a living room, a guest room, a closed yard, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a sauna and private rooms for the Kusturica family; a sports hall; a restaurant; a cake shop, as well as a souvenir shop; and finally, a Church dedicated to St. Sava.
Nearby is also a ski slope with four trails, as well as a hotel named "Mladost" (Youth).
The streets in the village bear the names of various individuals that Kusturica holds in high esteem or finds to be personally significant: Nikola Tesla, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Diego Maradona, Miodrag Petrović Čkalja, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Joe Strummer, Novak Đoković and of course, Ivo Andrić, after whom the main street is named.

 

Hotel Complex

Drvengrad at Mećavnik, Mokra Gora, is a unique ethno village with all characteristics of traditional constuction, rewarded with The European Architecture Prize. It is a 4 star town hotel complex, which has its own cinemas, libraries, gallery, church, market...

In addition to all things that a 4 star hotel includes, Drvengrad has its own sports center (at 780m altitude) which includes:
- sports hall with a volleyball court (27,1m long, 12,2m wide, 7,1m high, base - oak parquet with rubber pads on a plywood contruction)
- gym with 18 professional sports gears ("Panatta Sport")
- closed swimming pool (14m long, 6,75m wide, 1,6m deep)
- 2 tennis courses (base - slag)
- trim track (1,5km long, with 20 points and exercise equipment, according to DTV PARTIZAN programme)
- ski slope IVER with 4 chutes (alltogether 4km long), lift and artificial snow-making system
All these are located within the range of 300m around the hotel complex, excluding a ski slope, which is 8km far away. The hotel can organize transport to the ski resort.

Also, within the range of 300m, there are standard hotel facilities:
- traditional restaurant "Viskonti" with a library and a wine cellar
- national restaurant "Lotika"
- cafe "Konak za prenoćište", sweetshop "Ćorkan", shop "Aska", bar with the internet cafe "Kapor bar", children playground "Dr Nele Karajlić"
- amphitheatre "Noam Chomsky"
- congress hall "Kapor"
- 2 cinemas: "Stanley Kubric" and "Prokleta Avlija"