21st European Congress of Herpetology -
Belgrade, September 2022
Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment
lija Milosavljević Kolarac (1800-1878), a Serbian merchant, with extraordinary understanding of the importance of culture and education, has left by his testament all his assets to Serbian people in order to promote its culture and education. In 1877, he founded two great foundations: a Literary Fund (more than 200 literary, scientific and works in the field of culture have been translated and published until now) and the University Fund, intended for the building of the Kolarac People's Univer sity with the aim of presenting scientific, literary and cultural achievements by the educated people of that time.
The edifice of the Kolarac Foundation-the Kolarac People's University was opened on 4th February 1932.
In the process of building the Kolarac edifice, Petar Bajalović, the architect, applied the most up-to-date scientific knowledge on acoustics of that time, so that Kolarac Concert Hall is consid ered, even today, as one of the most acoustic halls for the per forming of classical music in Serbia and the South-East Europe.