Royal Compound, Belgrade

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White Palace in Royal Compound, Belgrade
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Royal Palace in Royal Compound, Belgrade

The Royal compound (Serbian : Краљевски комплекс, romanized: Kraljevski kompleks) is a complex of residences built with the personal funds of King Alexander I for the Karađorđević royal family between 1924 and 1937. [1] The compound is located in the Dedinje neighborhood, a prestigious area of Belgrade, Serbia. It consists of two primary residences: The Royal Palace and the White Palace.


The royal compound covers an area of 134 hectares, [2] of which 27 hectares surround the Royal Palace and another 12 hectares the White Palace. The service buildings include kitchens, garages, guards barracks and the office of the Marshal. [3]

Parks and gardens

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Garden in Royal Compound, Belgrade

The Royal compound is covered with parks of the English garden type, where the vegetation is allowed to grow naturally, whereas around the two palaces the French garden concept of park arrangement is applied, meaning that flowers, bushes and trees have neatly shaped forms and are planted in strictly geometrical order.

Thatched House

The Thatched House (Slamnata kuća) is a structure built in the style of old traditional houses. King Alexander I of Yugoslavia used to reside in this house supervising the construction works at the Royal Compound, and it also served as the studying room for King Alexander’s three sons (later King Peter II, Prince Tomislav, Prince Andrej) and the art studio of Queen Maria.

Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is a grand stucco villa in the Serbo-Byzantine style by architect Živojin Nikolić and assisted by Russian immigrant architects Nikolai Krasnov and Victor Lukomsky, was built from 1924 to 1929 as an ideal home for King Alexander I and Queen Maria. The King thought that it would be a nice and quiet place, away from the city noise and curious public eyes.

Visitors are able to see: The formal entrance hall with details taken from Serbian medieval art, Blue Salon, Royal Dining Room, Royal Library, Atrium, the Salon of the Wedding gifts or Palma il Vecchio Salon – and The King’s Office. The palace's basement features a unique leisure room with a cinema theatre and billiard tables.

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Royal Palace inside and Beli dvor interior

White Palace

It is another Palace within the Royal Compound.

Royal Chapel

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Royal Chapel in Royal Compound, Belgrade

The Royal Chapel, which is located within the Royal Compound, is devoted to Saint Apostle Andrew The First-Called, the patron Saint of The Royal Family of Yugoslavia. The church was built at the same time as The Royal Palace and is attached to it through a colonnade with semicircular arches from where there are magnificent views towards northern, western and southern parts of Belgrade, as well as to the terraced rose gardens. It is covered with frescoes painted by Russian painters who travelled around Serbia and copied the frescoes of the most famous Serbian medieval monasteries. The final decoration was chosen personally by King Alexander I with help from the architect Nikolai Krasnov. During the Communist era, the church was repeatedly desecrated, it served as a storage room for cleaners and gardeners. One of the most obvious signs of desecration is a bullet hole in Christ’s forehead and a scratch of the Angel’s wings, representing the communist symbolic "murder of God". The church is today used by the Royal Family, especially during Easter, Christmas, and Slava (Patron Saint Day).

The Royal compound, which many still wrongly call "Beli dvor" because it associates them with Josip Broz Tito, is now the home of Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and his family.

The Royal compound opened its doors for the Days of European Cultural Heritage event and has participated at tourist fairs. [4] [5]

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  1. "Kraljevski kompleks na Dedinju" (in Serbian). Tourist Organization of Belgrade. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  2. "Čas istorije na Belom dvoru" (in Serbian). Stil magazin. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  3. The Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II, The Royal Family of Serbia, Belgrade, 2007, page 23.
  4. The Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II, Palaces welcome european heritage and extended tourist season (press release), Belgrade, 11 September 2007.
  5. The Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II, Royal Compound presented at Novi Sad fair 9–12 October (press release), Belgrade, 9 October 2007.

Coordinates: 44°45′56″N20°27′13″E / 44.76556°N 20.45361°E / 44.76556; 20.45361