Δευτέρα, 6 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Nikolaos and Eugenia Kiki


Kiki’s legacy in Mihailova avenue
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Nikolaos P. Kikis was a Greek merchant. Born in 1797 in vlach-speaking Kleisoura (known also as Vlacho-Kleisoura) of Kastoria, wherefrom he emigrated to Belgrade, where in 1832 he started a goods warehouse. He was occupied with the trade of rice and, later, of tobacco. He was supplied with tobacco by the Romanian and Russian monopoly. He had in his name a cigarette factory in Odessa, which he kept till the First World War. Initially he was married to the daughter of Duke Pesik and later to the daughter of the also Greek Vlach Hatzi Tzortze Petrovic, a merchant from Besenovo. D. Popovic underlines that, he was always close to the Greeks, and that, whenever he was in Belgrade, he was helping and protecting especially the poor originating from Kleisoura, i.e. the same village as he.

Nikolaos D. Kikis was born in Kleisoura on 1841. He emigrated to Belgrade where, in the beginning, under the guidance of his uncle engaged successfully in commercial activities and managed to surpass his mentor. The couple Nikolaos and Eugenia Kiki provided the funds to build a grand hospital in Belgrade, on avenue Mihailova number 50, which was donated to suffering Serb and Greek merchants.

Kiki’s legacy on Hilandar street.
Nikolaos Naumovic (Naoum) was the father of Eugenia Kiki, Greek Vlach originating also from Kroushovo of Pelagonia, who, along with his elder brother Giorgos, emigrated to Belgrade and started a shop in the region of Dortsolou (Zercu). Later they bought a piece of real estate on Hilandar street. Eugenia had a brother also, called Naoum.
Nikolaos and Eugenia Kiki have bequeathed the building on Hilandar street to the youth of merchants.
The house of the Kikis family in Belgrade is on Mihailova avenue and on the corner with King Peter street.
Nikolaos Kikis died in Belgrade on the 1st February 1918.

Sources:
- Ιωάννης Α. Παπαδριανός, Aπό τα Bαλκάνια και την Kεντρική Eυρώπη (Ioannis A. Papadrianos, From the Balkans and Central Europe), see here
- Dusan J. Popovic, O Cincarima, Beograd 1937
- Kiki, sr.wikipedia, see here


Nikolaos P. Kikis

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