WHERE IS IT ?
It is located in Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karađorđevića 96, in the distict Dedinje. The royal complex can be visited every weekend from April to October. The tours are organized with a guide.
The Royal complex is home to the Karadjordjevic dynasty. It occupies an area of 135 hectares. Within the complex, there is the Royal Palace, the White Palace, the Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew and other auxiliary facilities. The surroundings of the residence are decorated according to the ideas of landscape architect Eduardo Andrea. This complex has a great cultural and historical significance. In 2010, the Government of Serbia declared the Palace complex a cultural asset.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace was built between 1924 and 1929, by the commision of Alexander I. It was designed in the Serbian-Byzantine style. The architects were Nikolaj Krasnov and Živojin Nikolić. Today it is the home of Alexander II and his family. Around the building there are swimming pools, park terraces, a concert terrace and a pavilion. The facade is lined with marble. The ceremonial hall is decorated with copies of Serbian medieval churches frescoes. The dining room, the golden salon and the libraries are designed in the neorenaissance style, while the blue salon is in the neobaroque style. All of these rooms are decorated with lavish paintings and chandeliers.
The White Palace
The White Palace was built by the commision of king Alexander I in the period from 1934 to 1937, according to the project of the architect Aleksandar Djordjevic. The White Palace was commisioned for king Alexandar's sons Tomislav, Andrej and Petar. On the ground floor of the residence there are the salons and the Great Hall, which is decorated in the style of Louis XV and Louis XVI. The Court Library is also a very spacious and meticulously decorated.
After the war, the white palace was used for official state affairs both by Josip Broz Tito and Slobodan Milošević until 2000.
THE CHURCH OF ST.ANDREW
The royal palace leads to the church of Saint Andrew - the patron saint (slava) of the Karađorđević dynasty.
The building of the church took inspiration from the church of Saint Andrews in Macedonia. It was painted by Russian painters and the decoration lasted three years.
After the liberation of Belgrade in 1944. Marko Mesić, a commanding officer of Yugoslav army battalion shot through the painting of Jesus Christ on the ceiling and the damage is still visible today.
Written and translated by Ana Sarić