9/7/2021

The foundations of the Post of Serbia were laid more than 200 years ago

Today, the expert delegation of the Post of Serbia visited Veliki Borak, a settlement in the municipality of Barajevo, where, according to available historical data, the first postal service on the territory of today's Serbia was established during the First Serbian Uprising (1804-1813). According to these data, it is considered that Milovanović's house in Veliki Borak was the first post office building used for the needs of organized transfer of postal items.

Historical sources state that the Assembly, which was held in Borak in 1805 in the presence of all people's elders, among other things, discussed the establishment and arrangement of post offices, which laid the foundations of an organized postal service, which, as it is considered, began operating in the form of the first post office in this village, situated in the house of Milovanović.

“These historical data shed a completely new light on the history of postal traffic in Serbia, which is currently linked to 1840, when the opening of the first post office in Belgrade started public postal traffic in Serbia after the liberation from Turkish rule. Bearing in mind that to this day the post office has remained a pillar of communication and a symbol of connection between people, but also a pillar of connecting citizens, business and the state of Serbia with the world, we want to establish accurate historical facts and thus shed additional light on the undoubted historical significance of postal activity", said in Veliki Borak, the Acting Director of the Post of Serbia, Zoran Đorđević.

In addition to Milovanović's house in Veliki Borak, during the First Serbian Uprising, as the first official beginnings of postal traffic in Serbia, Turkish mensulans (first postal units) under the control of the uprisers were used, through which communication among the uprisers took place, as well as transfer of letters with Serbs outside Serbia (in Austria and Trieste), with Montenegro, traders from whom they procured weapons and food, and a large transfer of diplomatic letters was performed with Turkey, Austria and Russia.