"Tito's Mausoleum" House Of Flowers - Tito's Mausoleum Tip by antistar
House Of Flowers - Tito's Mausoleum, Belgrade: 9 reviews and 33 photos
The curator of the Aircraft museum gave me a Serbian history redux, during which he detailed some of the many crimes he believed the Croats had committed against the Serbs. When I asked him why, out of the many shoulder flags I'd seen on the officers of the Dayton Accord Delegation that I'd toured the museum with, I'd not seen a single Croatian flag, but Slovenian, Bosnian, and others, he responded with typical Serbian tacitness, saying "The Bosnians and Slovenes we have no problem with any more..."
I wondered aloud about the Serbs view of General Tito. His mausoleum was a big draw for me, and yet I couldn't find it in any of the city's tourist literature. The mausoleum itself had no Serbs visiting, only myself and two people from China. I found this surprising given that he was such an important man to Yugoslavia, the country that Serbia continued to call itself even after its break up. Again the curator responded with tacitness, saying "General Tito was a Croat". That's all he needed to say.
But he said more. His view of the Partisans was that they were run by a Croat, General Tito, who kept as his second in command a Slovene, and whose high ranking officers were all Bosnians, Croats, and Slovenians. He noted that all the foot soldiers, the ones who died to Nazi bullets, were Serbians. Like Serbian tacitness, this was clear evidence of their feelings of perpetual victimization.
Tito's Mausoleum, given the unhelpful name "Garden of Flowers" by the Serbs, is very difficult to find, but very much worth the effort. Behind the entrance, guarded by a man who leaves his loaded gun accessible on the ticket counter while he fills in word puzzles several meters away, is a large garden dotted with statues of the great man himself, and includes Tito's grave, as well as a museum showing off the hundreds of gifts Tito received from around the world during his reign.
Address: Bul. Kneza, near Hajd Park and FK Partizan Stadium
Directions: Take Bus 41 to the first stop after the big highway. Keep on that street until you see a Garden of Flowers sign. Walk through the park on the right after the sign, towards the white house. The entrance is on the left side of this.
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