Sunday, April 17, 2011

The House of Flowers

The Museum of Yugoslav History was established in 1996 and is made up of the May 25th Museum, the Old Museum and the House of Flowers.

Кућа цвећа, the House of Flowers, was built in 1975 as a winter garden and served as Tito's auxiliary office. Per Tito's wishes he was interned in the central garden in 1980. From 1980-1990 there were military guards on display at his tomb but they were removed and the facility was closed to the public during the Yugoslav Civil War.

Marshal Josip "Tito" Broz (1892-1980) led the Yugoslav partisans during WWII and went on to become president-for-life, until his death in 1980, of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It was his iron rule that kept Yugoslavia together.

May 25th was Tito's official birth date and used to be the socialist youth day. The May 25th Museum has the gifts that Tito received during his presidency. There are also lots of national costumes from the various Yugoslav republics.

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