Manak's House

Manak's House is a typical example of urban architecture in the Balkans in this period. Manak Mihailović, an Aromanian immigrant from Macedonia, built this edifice in 1830. The ground floor housed a tavern and a bakery, whereas the owner’s personal chambers were on the first floor. Today, the permanent ethnographic exhibition of collector Hristifor Crnilović’s collection titled The Traditional Attire and Jewelry in the Central Balkans in the 19th century and the First Decades of the 20th century is displayed on the first floor of the House.

The traditional attire originates from the areas of southern Serbia, Kosovo, Metohija and Macedonia. The jewelry holds special value, especially the head ornaments such as diadems, head bands, ornamental pins, hair brooches, earrings, hairpins and passementerie straps worn under the chin. A large part of the collection is dedicated to carved wood interiors of the city architecture, weaving equipment, stationery, smoking equipment, musical instruments, and dishes made of ceramics, faience, wood and metal.