Rare books exhibition – “At the beginning there was a word”

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II opened tonight an exhibition “At the beginning there was a word” in the Thatched House, the first structure built on the Royal Compound in Dedinje. This was just the first of a series of exhibitions under the name “Treasures of the Royal Compound” in which the public will be introduced to rare and exceptional cultural heritage of the Royal Court.

Mr. Dragomir Acovic, member of the Privy Council noted the importance of this exhibition: “This is the first presentation of books from the Royal Library, which does not present only the taste and affinity of the Rulers, but also show picture of different times, in sense of different interests, influences and contributes to a sort of kaleidoscope through different historic epochs”.

The exhibition was opened by The Crown Prince who emphasized: “Books and written texts are our connection with history, tradition and our ancestors. I would like that great number of our citizens come and see this exhibition, especially high school and university students”.

The exhibition is designed in three segments: Reference books, literature and art books in which the public will be introduced to an exceptional volume kept at Royal and White Palace libraries.

Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, biographies, travelogues, children books, belletrist, magazines and art books by distinguished European authors will be just a part of this amazing presentation.

This exhibition is realized thanks to support of Historical Museum of Serbia, Archive of Yugoslavia, National Museum from Smederevo and Belgrade National Theatre.