Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine together with H.E. Mr. Bratislav Petkovic Minister of Culture and Information, Mr. Dragoljub Kojcic head of the Bureau of Textbooks and Mr. Dusan Babac director of The Royal Palace Fund launched the book “The Royal Palaces Complex in Dedinje” published by Zavod za udzbenike at The Royal Palace in Belgrade this evening.
The book promotion at the Royal Palace gathered many distingusihed guests, among them His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Mr. Dragomir Acovic, Chairman of the Crown Council, Prof. Dr. Dragoljub Kavran and Mr Predrag Markovic, members of the Crown Council, Mr Djordje Djurisic and Mr Djurdje Ninkovic, members of the Crown Cabinet, Mr Vladimir Bozovic, state secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Mr Vladimir Cvijan, Member of the Parliament, H.E. Mr Vladimir Chushev, ambassador of Belarussia, H.E. Mrs Nafsika Krousti, ambassador of Cyprus, H.E. Mr Abdellah Zagour, ambassador of Morocco, H.E. Mr Majid Hamlaoui, ambassador of Tunisia, and many others.
The book “The Royal Palaces Complex in Dedinje” illustrates the founding and architecture, forming of the art collection and the Chapel of St. Andrew The Firstcalled as stage of multitude of historic events. Exteriors and interiors, as well as rich art collection of the Palaces are illustrated with many of color photographs. It is a result of extensive research and wish to bring closer this unique cultural monument to the public.
The first section of the book “Silent witness of an epoch” describes circumstances and significance of the object in historic and political sense as a place of visits of important historic figures and the stage of important decisions demonstrating the function of the object that despite all historic changes remains decades later unchanged.
The second section is dedicated to the architectural characteristics “The Architecture of the Royal Complex” written by Ms Tijana Boric. It reveals the initial ideas of landscape and architectural modeling of both The Royal Palace and The White Palace. The desires of the owners and architects are implemented in terraces, sculptures and art work of great importance created by the most influential artist of the time in Yugoslavia.