THE RESIDENCE OF PRINCESS LJUBICA
The Residence of Princess Ljubica is one of a few buildings which had survived from the first reign of Prince Miloš Obrenović. It was built between 1829 and 1831, in accordance with the plan designed by Hadži Nikola Živković’s and under his supervision. Hadži Nikola Živković was the Prince’s official architect. The Residence’s function had been intended as a luxurious court of the Serbian ruling dynasty, i.e. the Obrenović dynasty. However, as it was located in the immediate vicinity of the Ottoman Turks, Prince Miloš stayed there only occasionally. The Residence’s function had served its original purpose during the first reign of Prince Mihailo (1839–42), when it was used as the Prince's residence.
After the expulsion of the Obrenović dynasty from Serbia (1842), and over the next 130 years, the building had been repeatedly adapted to house various state institutions. In the 1970s, Belgrade city authorities decided to repurpose it as a museum, in accordance with its historical, artistic and heritage value. After a restoration and reconstruction in 1980, Princess Ljubica’s Residence became a part of Belgrade City Museum, while the permanent exhibition of Belgrade City Museum “The Interiors of 19th-Century Homes in Belgrade” was set up in September 1980.
THE INTERIORS OF 19TH-CENTURY HOMES IN BELGRADE
The exhibition includes a representative selection of fine and applied art objects from the collections of Belgrade City Museum. The objects date from the 19th century and are products of both Western European, and domestic artistic and industrial manufacture. The objects belonged to the members of the ruling (Obrenović) dynasty and prominent bourgeois families. The permanent exhibition illustrates the emergence and development of high bourgeois culture, as well as, the way of life and the habitation style in the 19th-century Belgrade. By putting on display a vide variety of objects, Princess Ljubica’s Residence takes visitors through a time travel to old bourgeois homes, introducing them to the material and spiritual life of Belgrade's citizens in the past.
We invite you to take a look at the objects displayed in Princess Ljubica’s Residence.
You can view other objects owned by Belgrade City Museum’s other collections and institutions in our digital depot.
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Ticket: 200 RSD
Concessions (pupils, students, job seekers and retirees): 100 RSD
Groups: On every 10 visitors, a group gets two free tickets. This does not refers to concessions.
Free of charge: every last Saturday in a month, children under 7 years, disabled visitors with escort, MDS, ICOM, ISIC, and Euro26 members.
A COFFEE WITH PRINCESS LJUBICA – A JOURNEY INTO HISTORY THROUGH A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE RESTORED SERBIA’S PRINCESS CONSORT
The monodrama A Coffee with Princess Ljubica is performed in the authentic setting of the Residence of Princess Ljubica. Through a personal account of the life of Princess Ljubica Obrenović, visitors are offered a remarkable opportunity to meet the first ruler's consort in the restored Serbia, to hear the facts about the most important events from the time of Prince Miloš Obrenović, to learn the details of the relationship between Prince Miloš and Princess Ljubica, their marital life, Miloš's infidelities and other interesting details from their private life.
The author of the monodrama and the scenario is Nataša Popovska, senior curator of the Belgrade City Museum.
The monodrama is performed by:
Information for visitors
The monodrama A Coffee with Princess Ljubica is performed in the Serbian language at the Residence of Princess Ljubica; it is regularly scheduled on Friday at 5 PM, and Saturday at 11 AM. It lasts for 60 minutes and it is necessary to get to the Residence of Princess Ljubica at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start. The audience number is limited to thirty people per show. The show is not recommended for children under ten. The admission fee is 400 RSD.
Tickets can be bought at the box office of the Residence of Princess Ljubica and the Tourist Information Centre at No. 56 Knez Mihailova Street. The audience number is limited to thirty people per show.
The monodrama is also performed in English and the show lasts for 45 minutes. The admission fee is 700 RSD. Performances are organized for groups of at least ten people outside the working hours of the Residence of Princess Ljubica and they must be arranged in advance by phone: +381 11 263 82 64, +381 60 500 51 36, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org