ROYAL COMPOUND OPEN FOR THE 2011 SEASON FROM SATURDAY, 9
Belgrade, 4 April 2011 – The Royal Palace together with
Touristic Organisation of Belgrade (TOB) organized today first tour of the Royal
Compound for the members of the media, announcing beginning of the touristic
season 2011. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess
Katherine welcomed the journalist and wished them all successful cooperation.
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown
Princess Katherine are pleased to inform all interested citizens should they
wish to visit the Royal Compound, that the organization of regular tours
continues in cooperation with the Tourist Organization of Belgrade every weekend
from 9 April through 31 October.
Visiting the Royal and White Palaces is organized that
visitors with professional tour guides will get acquainted with the history, art
and culture in a nice two-hour walk through the Royal Compound. The tour
includes the magnificent Royal and White Palaces and the Royal Chapel dedicated
to the patron Saint of the Royal Family - St. Andrew the First Called.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 9 April through 31 October in
two regular times 11 am and 2 pm, the Royal Compound will be open to the public.
The entry ticket includes a round trip transfer tourist bus starting from Nikola
Pasic Square in Belgrade; the Royal Compound is only a few minutes from the city
centre. There is also the possibility to organize group tours during work days
by previous appointment. For all information and reservations, visitors must
visit the Tourist Information Centre, Knez Mihailova 6, 11000 Beograd.
Tel: 011 328 -18 -59; Fax: 011 262 92 53
Contact person: Andjelka Vukovic
E-mail:email@example.com Website: www.tob.co.rs
The limit per group is 50 people.
Schools, students and pensioner associations interested in
visiting the Royal Compound should call the Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander
directly at 011/306-4014 and or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
The 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 Andrej. King 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
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 1936, as the
project of the architect Alexander Djordjevic. When completed it became the
official residence on loan to HRH Prince Regent Paul and his family, until King
Peter II came of age.
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 which had more than
35 000 books and a formal Chippendale dining room.
The Royal Chapel of Saint Andrew the First Called
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.
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 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
This 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.