"Monument to Prince Petar Petrovic Njegos" Stari Grad Tip by mikey_e

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  Spomenik Petru Petrovicu Njegosu
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  • Spomenik Petru Petrovicu Njegosu - Belgrade
      Spomenik Petru Petrovicu Njegosu
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  • Close up of the Monument - Belgrade
      Close up of the Monument
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This statue is a bit odd - it's not surrealist or done up in weird clothing or anything like that, but it is a statue dedicated to a Prince of a separate, sovereign state. I think that this is dedicated to Prince Petar Petrovic Njegos II, Prince of Montenegro in the mid-1800s, when Montenegro was a separate Kingdom (after the Turkish invasion of Serbia in the 1460s, parts of Montenegro remained independent, and the state was not joined to Serbia again until the creation of Yugoslavia after the First World War). The Prince, however, is more famous for his contributions to literature in the Serbian language (Montegrin as a language only began to take shape in 2006, before that it was considered to be Serbian). His epic poem, called the Mountain Wreath, is set in the Middle Ages during battles between the Montenegrins and the Turks. It is part of that body of romantic literature that sought to aid the development of nationalist movements by glorifying bygone campaigns and states. It also help to provide the Serbs' budding cultural and literary movements with a core work. Today the Prince is remembered with this monument, which is just off of Knez Mihailova, right near the Rectorate of the University and beside a great bookstore.

Address: Studentski trg
Directions: On a cut-through between Knez Mihailova and Studentski trg

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  • Written Jan 20, 2009
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