The Royal Palace of Dedinje was built between 1924 and 1929, with private funds from King Alexander I (the Grandfather of Crown Prince Alexander). The Architects were Živojin Nikolić and Nikolay Krassnoff of the Royal Academy. It is a residence in the Serbian-Byzantine style. Within its compound there is a Royal Chapel dedicated to St. Apostle Andrew The First-Called, Patron Saint and Family “Slava” of the Royal Family, built reflecting the monastery Church of St. Andrew on the River Treska the holy place of the medieval Serbian King Vukašin. The Royal Palace is surrounded with pergolas, park terraces, swimming pools, pavilions and concert platforms. There is a magnificent view from the palace on the ridge of Dedinje Hill, of Košutnjak Forest, Topčider and Avala Mountain.
The White Palace (Beli Dvor) is located within the same compound as The Royal Palace; it was commissioned by command of King Alexander I with his private funds as the residence for his sons Crown Prince Peter (the future King Peter II), Prince Tomislav and Prince Andrej .
The King envisaged that his three sons would require their own private accommodation when they would become of age. The assassination of 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. The Royal Palace and the completion of The White Palace was supervised by his great uncle Prince-Regent Paul. The White Palace took almost four years to finish (1934-1937) and it became the Official Residence of the Prince-Regent and his Family in the waiting for King Peter II majority. The Architect was Aleksandar Ðordjević. The Ground Floor of this classicistic building 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 Palace 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.
The House of Flowers is the memorial tomb of former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, who died on 4 May 1980. It is located in Dedinje. For almost a decade after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia the entire complex (tomb and the memorial museum alongside), were closed to ordinary public and the military guards were permanently removed. However, today, especially on the former Day of Youth (May 25, Tito’s official birth date) it is opened to many tourists and respecters, of course, who are mostly arriving from all present countries of the former Yugoslavia.
After having built the residence for his wife and children in the town of Belgrade, Knez Miloš Obrenović raised this lodging for himself in Topčider, in 1831-1834. The building was constructed by the builders Janja Mihailović and Nikola Đorđević, and works were conducted by Hadži-Nikola Živković, the supervisor and builder of almost all construction enterprises of Knez Miloš. The rich interior decoration of ceilings, walls and niches, is partially preserved until today. During the time of his first rule, Miloš 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 Miloš and Mihailo Obrenović, 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 hatišerif (charter) of 1839). The Museum’s exhibits represented the starting point for making of the Historical Museum of Serbia in 1963. In front of this building 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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