Tuesday, May 5, 2009

At the Snail's

This facade in Zemun has attracted me for such a long time. Originally I had just passed along the right side of this building, and had photographed the rooftop (saving that for another post). Recently, I looked up at the part facing the corner, and discovered the inscription "Kod Puža" or "At the snail's". I have no idea of the history of this building. I Googled it, but nothing, so I will have to return to ask around. It is such a beautiful facade, and I hate to see it falling apart. Notice the initial "E" on the right of the top photo. Was the original building's owner named "Escargot"? :<)
I was originally going to save this for ABC Wednesday's "P," since 'P" would not only have been for ""Puž," but also for "Pekara Petrovic" (Petrovic's bakery) written in Cyrillic below. I have a fragrant "P" for you tomorrow.

16 comments:

~Cheryl said...

Good luck to you in your search for information about this intriguing building!

Cristóbal said...

In Downtown Santiago, we also have a curious building featuring an animal on its façade (an elephant). I was at first scared of them, but now... I find them curious. I should go one day to take photos of it (I also tried looking for info about it, but I haven't been successful).

James said...

I'm interested to know more about this building.

Marie Reed said...

This is sooo cool! I used to have pet snails when I was I little girl:)

Hilda said...

Fascinating. I hope you find the information you're looking for. I too would be interested to know the history of a building like this — and why someone would choose a snail, of all things! :)

Dan said...

Isn't it interesting to explore local history through photography? Looks like an intriguing place to me.

Corey Templeton said...

What an interesting old building, nice shots!

B Squared said...

Snail on a tombstone? Reminds me of a tombstone I saw in the Key West cemetery that said, "I told you I was sick." If you get a chance, stop by for a piece of cake.

erin said...

oh i like that snail on the building...how interesting. i've never seen one used in a building facade/decoration before.
have a wonderful evening.

Thérèse said...

Intriguing of course!

soulbrush said...

how totally strange, maybe we will never know!

Marie-Noyale said...

And do people in Serbia eat snails too like in France...
Beautiful facade and roof top too!!

Pyzahn said...

It is lovely architecture. And I think the "E" connection to escargot quite clever.

What are those statues at the roof line?

Bibi said...

I believe the statues are of Mercury and another mythical figure. These seem to have been quite popular. I have a closer roof shot I may post a bit later, and you can see them better.

spacedlaw said...

Beautiful building.

lynn said...

He he, that's a BiiiiiG snail!