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MUSEUM OF FC RED STAR BELGRADE
Red Star is the most popular team in town – I have seen figures that say something like 50% Red Star and maybe 30% Partizan. The team has been fairly successful in its time and won a UEFA Champions Cup back in 1991 – a year constantly imprinted on souvenirs and in fans’ minds. You will find the museum to the right of the main doors to the stadium next to the directors’ boardroom. Maybe you will find it open unlike I did.
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Royal Palace and White Palace
Visiting this royal complex is apsolutlly a lovelly spend afternoon. Fantastic palaces! For me Royal Palace is really great one. But The Hit is PARK. 145ha large wonderful forest and park. Specialy in spring when everything is green.
Unfortunately you cant take a pictures inside palaces, only outside.
Organized visites are on weekends. But you have to buy tickets couple a days earlier, in TOB (Touristic Organisation of Belgrade in Makedonska street no 5).
25. maj complex
The museums and mausoleum of "25. maj" complex are situated at Dedinje, the "fancy" part of the town, in the beautiful forest with nice trees and benches, before there were lots of flowers, now here are only some. The fountain is inactive, and full of graffitti, but nonetheless there is a nice view on the main building. In front of Tito's grave there are pink roses, some statues and figures in the park around. Inside the ethno gifts collection you'll find several chambers one below the other, with neon lights and if you position your camera on the glass in the center you can make interesting perspetive photos! You'll see several chair & tables sets, but don't get fooled, they're just exhibits! There are other benches for resting!
On these photos you can see how the museum complex looks from outisde and inside.
Tito's ethno gifts museum
Here is the collection of the gifts that Tito got from all those famous and unfamous people of the world. You will find the most bizarre things in there, from the knife of the chieftain Mangbetu of some tribe in Zair, over Austrohungarian rifles to the gong from Papua New Guinea! There are a lot of national costumes from all over the world, musical instruments, pottery, dolls, handicrafts...
This is the place where the big communist leader and world famous ex-YU president was buried, Josip Broz Tito, or Drug Tito (Comrade Tito). He is one of the most controversial personalities in our history. During his reign he was a "God" and now he is being laughed at. I guess the truth is somewhere in the middle. :-)
This is his eternal house, it's a museum called "25. maj" (25th of May was his birthday), where he is buried and where you can find a museum of ethno presents he got from all over the world, lovely garden, etc.
It's also called "kuća cveća", "the house of flowers", because before it was a small botanical garden with the most diverse flowers. Now there are only some roses in front of the mausoleum entrance...
The entrance is FREE.
In these pictures you can see several scenes from the mausoleum inside.
The Palace Church
The Palace Church is attached to the south side of The Royal Palace and linked to the main building by a colonnade of stone pillars. The Church is dedicated to St. Andrew the First Called (the Royal Family’s Patron Saint). The Church is based on the model of the Royal Church of the Serbian medieval King Milutin in Studenica, but somewhat larger. It also influenced by the monastery Church of Saint Andrew on the River Treska in Macedonia which was built by Andrew the son of the Serbian medieval King Vukashin. The Church was designed and built at the same time as The Royal Palace.
The interior of the Church is covered with frescoes painted by a team of artists from the Belgrade Artist Association. Following King Alexander I instructions this group visited most of the Serbian medieval monasteries in order to copy their frescos. The group was led by academician Nikolai Kasnoff. After preparing the walls and cataloging the drawings the final decision to go ahead was made by King Alexander I. The Russian painters Boris Obrascov, Nikolai Maiendorf, Vladimir Bickovski, Viktor Sevcov, and Reitlinger and Evgeny Varnu-Secret were chosen to paint the Church. All painters were requested to produce records of their previous work in medieval monasteries. The whole project for the completion of the Church took about 36 months.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace was built between 1924 and 1929 with the private funds of His Majesty King Alexander I (the grandfather of HRH Crown Prince Alexander). The Royal Palace was the home of King Alexander I and King Peter II (the father of Crown Prince Alexander). Today The Royal Palace is the home of Crown Prince Alexander and his family.
The architects were Zivojin Nikolic and Nikolay Krassnoff of the Royal Academy. The palace is built in the Serbian-Byzantine style. Attached to The Royal Palace there is a Royal Chapel dedicated to Saint Apostle Andrew The First-Called, the Patron Saint of The Royal Family. The chapel was built reflecting the monastery Church of Saint Andrew on the River Treska in Macedonia where the Holy Place of the medieval Serbian King Vukashin is located.
The Royal Palace is surrounded with pergolas, park terraces, swimming pools, pavilions and platforms. There are magnificent views from the palace towards the ridge of Dedinje Hill, Koshutnjak Forest, Topchider and Avala Mountain.
The ground floor reception rooms are very beautifully appointed. The Formal Entrance Hall is paved with stone and decorated with copies of medieval frescoes from the Monasteries of Dechani and Sopochani. The Blue Drawing Room is decorated in the Baroque style; the Golden Drawing Room (Palma Vecchio) and Dining Room are in the Renaissance style with impressive wood carved ceilings and bronze chandeliers. These rooms are ornately decorated with paintings of old masters and Renaissance painted Florentine Cassoni from the Royal collections. The Greater and Lesser Libraries are decorated in the same manner.
The White Palace
The White Palace (Beli Dvor) is located within the same complex as The Royal Palace and it was commissioned by command of His Majesty King Alexander I. The White Palace was built with the private funds of King Alexander I as the residence for his three sons HRH Crown Prince Peter (the future King Peter II and father of HRH Crown Prince Alexander), Prince Tomislav and Prince Andrej .
King Alexander I envisaged that his three sons would require their own private accommodation when they would become of age. The assassination of HM King Alexander I in 1934 in Marseille separated the king from his family, causing the destiny of his sons to take a different turn. The young King Peter II became the new master of the Dedinje Complex and continued to reside in The Royal Palace with his mother HM Queen Maria and his two brothers. The completion of The White Palace was supervised by King Peter II great uncle HRH Prince Regent Paul.
The White Palace took almost four years to finish (1934-1937) and it became the official residence on loan of HRH Prince Regent Paul and his family in waiting for King Peter II majority.
The architect was Aleksandar Djordjevich. The ground floor of this classicistic palace houses a large hall and a number of drawing rooms furnished in the style of Louis XV and Louis XVI with large Venetian chandeliers. There is also a library and a formal Chippendale dining room. The first floor apartments are reached by stairs and a Gallery overlooking the Hall. The attic has further rooms and another library.
After having built the residence for his wife and children in the town of Belgrade, Knez Milos Obrenovic raised this lodging for himself in Topcider, in 1831-1834. The building was constructed by the builders Janja Mihailovic and Nikola Djordjevic, and works were conducted by Hadzi-Nikola Zivkovic, the supervisor and builder of almost all construction enterprises of Knez Milos. The rich interior decoration of ceilings, walls and niches, is partially preserved until today. During the time of his first rule, Milos has stayed here from time to time only, while during his second rule he spent all of his time here (two years) and eventually died here on September 14, 1860. For some time there were the Museums of Knez Milos and Mihailo Obrenovic, and later the Museum of Forestry and Hunting, established in 1929.
At the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the First Serbian Insurrection (1954), the Museum of the First Serbian Insurrection was opened in the Konak, and it was thematically dedicated to the whole period of Serbian liberation wars against the Turks (from 1804 until the second hatisherif (charter) of 1839). The Museum's exhibits represented the starting point for making of the Historical Museum of Serbia in 1963.
Monastery of Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God (Vavedenje) is located at Senjak. It was built in 1936-1937. The church was constructed in the traditional style of Serbian mediaeval architecture: designed as a monumental five-domed temple with cross-like foundation. On the built iconostasis there are icons made by Russian painters in 1937-1939. The St. Nicholas' Chapel has been built within the konak (lodging), which has been raised along with construction of the church. In the monastery yard, there are the graves of the Church dignitaries: Josip the metropolitan of Skopje, Dositej the metropolitan of Zagreb, Arsenije the metropolitan of Budim and Damaskin the metropolitan of Zagreb.
House of flowers
Once upon a time there was one great country named Yugoslavia and Josip Broz Tito was her president. Many nations and nationalities and many religions lived in that country. After his death that Yugoslavia crashed and now we have former Yugoslavian republic as independent counties: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Makedonija, Serbia and Montenegro.
This is grave of President Tito. Lots of people from other countries ask me to take them here. Every year in 2 dates here is big crowd – on date of his death May 4th and on his birthday May 25th.
Museum "25. may"
Some people from here ask me “Why did you put on Must see this next 2 tips?” Well it’s a part of our history and I found lots of people in last few years very interesting in these next 2 tips.
Then let me take you to the Museum “25. Maj”. This date has symbolic in ex-Yugoslavia. This was a day of youth. On this day ex President Josip Broz Tito celebrated his birthday. Young people from all over the ex Yugoslavia was coming to Belgrade where they had performance for president. Everything what is related with that period is exhibited here in this museum. It could be funny to see all this.
~ BELI DVOR ~
Beli Dvor was built in 1925, on the Dedinje Hill, as the summerhouse of Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic. Beli Dvor was designed by architect Aleksandar Djordjevic. After World War II the palace became become the residence of president Tito. The descendants of the Karadjordjevic royal family currently live there. In 2002, they opened the palace for public viewing during fall time. Let's hope they do that again!
THE WHITE PALACE
It was built in between 1925 and 1925, on the Dedinje Hill, as the summerhouse of Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic. The design of the White Palace made by the architect Aleksandar Djordjevic, retraced the renaissance style.
The White Palace restituted to HRH King Aleksandar II Karadjordjevic, future king of Serbia and Montenegro and His Royal family.
PLANE-TREE IN FRONT OF MILOS' MANOR
In front of this Milos’ Manor grows one of the oldest and most beautiful plane-trees in Europe, protected by law as a natural rarity (it is more than 160 years old).
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