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The Royal Complex in Dedinje

The White Palace
The White Palace

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace in Dedinje, Belgrade was built in the period 1924 – 1929, by the order of King Alexander I. The designers of the Palace were architects Zivojin Nikolic and academic Nikolay Krasnov from the Royal Academy. It is a large and representative house of white stone made in Serbian- Byzantine style. In its composition you can find a Royal Chapel dedicated to Andrew the First. The Royal Palace was the home of Alexander I and Peter II, and now it is home to Crown Prince Alexander II and his family.

The White Palace

The White Palace is located in the same complex as the Royal Palace, built by Alexander I as a residence for his sons Peter (the future King Peter II), Tomislav and Andrej. King Alexander had expected his sons to want their own space when they grow up, but his assassination took him from his family, and the fate of his sons took a different course. The young King Peter II became the new master of the Royal Palace, and handed down the duty of completing the building to his cousin, Prince Regent Paul.

The building, which was built between 1934 -1936, was designed by the architect Aleksandar Djordjevic. When the Palace was finished the Prince Regent and his family moved in, in anticipation of the king’s coming of age. The ground floor of the classicist building has a large hall and a number of drawing rooms furnished in the style of Louis XV and Louis XVI with Venetian chandeliers. There is also a royal library, which had about 35,000 books, and festive dining room furnished in Chippendale style.

Royal Chapel of St. Andrew the First

The palace is located on the south side of the family church, which is connected to the building by a porch with columns. The temple is dedicated to St. Andrew the First – the Karadjordjević family’s Slava. The model for construction was taken from the monastery church of St. Andrew on Treska in Macedonia, which was built in 1389 by Andrew, the son of King Vukašin. The church was designed and built at the same time as the main building.

Painting the church was done first on cardboard and drawings prepared by a team of artists from the Association of Artists of Belgrade. By the order of King Alexander I, the group visited most of the Serbian medieval monasteries with the mission of transferring (copying) frescoes and biographies. The organizer was the academic Nikolai Krasnov. After preparing the walls they placed the cardboard and drawings and waited for the final decision to be made by King Alexander I of Yugoslavia. For painting the biographies on the church walls, the painters Boris Obraskov, Nicholas Meyendorff, Vladimir Bičkovski, Rejtlinger and Eugene Varun – Sekrat were elected. These painters were requested to confirm their work on similar tasks in medieval monasteries and temples. The works on the church lasted for about 36 months.

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