Long-time readers of this blog will know that I’m a huge Serbophile. (My spellchecker is telling me that’s not a word, but I say it is.) I’ve never been to Serbia, but I really want to go, as I’m a great admirer of the Serbian language and Serbian people.
This story on the Royal Russia blog further proves why Serbia is amazing: a monument to one of my favorite people, Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, has been put up in Belgrade.
A new monument to Russian emperor Nicholas II has been installed in the center of Belgrade, in recognition of his support of Serbia and the Serbian people in 1914.
The grand opening of the reconstructed park and monument to Emperor Nicholas II is scheduled for November 11th. The event will be attended by senior officials from Russia and Serbia, while the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk expressed the hope that the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will consecrate this monument during his visit to Serbia in mid-November.
It is interesting to note that at the beginning of the 20th century a monument to Emperor Nicholas II stood in front of the Embassy of the Russian Empire in Belgrade.
And because a blog post about a monument isn’t complete without a photo, here’s one.
Yet another reason I need to go to Belgrade—I need to see this monument for myself!