A  HISTORIC

TESTIMONY

Belgrade
               
home page

On the occasion of the European Heritage Day, the Parliament of Serbia, one of
theStateinstitutions of Serbia, has opened its doors once more this year for the public. This monumental building, the cornerstone of which was placed by the King Petar I, was constructed from 1907 to 1936, by a design of the architect Jovan Ilkić, whereas the architect Nikolai Krasnov was entrusted with the interior decoration. The first session in the new building took place on October 20, 1936, when a session of the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia took place in it.
The Parliament building, with two symmetrically installed sculptures of the sculptor Toma Rosandić "A Black Horse Dance" in front of its entrance, was very much ruined in the October 2000 events and then thoroughly reconstructed.
White marble statues dominate the main corridor: the one of Czar Dušan with the Legal Code, Karađorđe, the King Tomislav and the Duke Kocelj. Once, there were 156 artistic works under the Parliament's roof, from all regions of the former Yugoslavia, among which also some major works from the end of the 20th century. Although a lot of it was destroyed, visitors in the lounges, offices and conference halls may see, in addition to the furniture, frescoes, sculptures and numerous decorative details, also about ninety valuable paintings of the best known painters, such as Petar Lubarda, Stojan Aralica, Ivan Radović, Peđa Milosavljević, Izet Mujezinović and other great artists. As from today's perspective, particularly interesting is an enormous painting on the wall of the Small Plenary Hall, which symbolizes all nations, nationalities and religions of the former Yugoslavia.
The Parliament has got an art works collection, as well, which were received as presents from the worldwide Parliament delegations and testify today about the history and relations between the countries.
The Parliament is open for visits by a determined procedure.
Information: the Parliament + 381 11 3026 100
www.gov.rs