ROYAL COMPOUND OPEN AGAIN FOR THE 2007 SEASON FROM TODAY
Belgrade, 1 April 2007 - In cooperation with the Tourist
Organization of Serbia
and the Tourist Organization of Belgrade
www.tob.co.yu and thanks
to the kind permission of His Royal Highness Crown Prince
Alexander II the Royal Compound is once again open for tourists
who are warmly welcome.
Large number of media was present at the official opening of The
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from 1 April
until the end of October, in organized groups and accompanied by
experienced tour guides, the tourists will have the opportunity
to visit the Royal Compound, view its beauty and walk through
the park, which is over 100 hectares. Like last year, the visits
will be organized only with previous registration at the
Tourist Information Centre – Makedonska 5, phone number: +381 11
contact: Andjelka Vukovic; for additional information please
The maximum size of the group must be no more than 50 people.
The route of the tour includes The Royal Palace, The White
Palace and The Royal Chapel of Saint Andrew the First Called.
The Royal Palace
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 architects were Zivojin Nikolic and
Nikolay Krassnoff of the Royal Academy. The palace is made of
white stone 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 Royal Palace was the home of King Alexander I and King
Peter. Today The Royal Palace is the home of Crown Prince
Alexander II and his family.
The White Palace
White Palace is located within the same complex as The Royal
Palace and it was commissioned by command of His Majesty King
Alexander I as the residence for his three sons HRH Crown Prince
Peter (the future King Peter II), Prince Tomislav and Prince
Alexander I envisaged that his three sons would require their
own private accommodation when they became of age, but his
assassination in Marseille caused the destiny of his sons to
take a different turn. The young King Peter II became the new
master of the Dedinje Complex and the completion of The White
Palace was supervised by King Peter II great uncle HRH Prince
Regent Paul. It was built from 1934 until 1937, as the project
of the architect Alexander Djordjevic. When completed it became
the official residence on loan of HRH Prince Regent Paul and his
family, until King Peter II came of age.
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 which had more than 35 000 books and a formal
Chippendale dining room.
The Royal Chapel of Saint Andrew 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 monastery Church of Saint Andrew on the River Treska in
Macedonia, which was built by Andrew the son of the Serbian
medieval King Vukasin. The Church was designed and built at the
same time as The Royal Palace.
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 cataloguing 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.
is only a brief introduction for all interested citizens, who we
invite to visit this extraordinary cultural and historical place
that tens of thousands domestic and foreign tourists and guests
visited during the last year.