vukov spomenik

Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, famed for his reform of the Serbian language, is remembered by the work of sculptor, Đorđe Jovanović.

Amusingly, as I was finalising the images for this post, I realised that I had somehow omitted to take a photo of the most prominent sculpture in the park.

So, I ventured back out into the 37C heat this afternoon to capture the one that got away…

Vukov Spomenik lies to the east of the centre of the city, named after the monument to Vuk.

At the crossroads of the Bulevar kralja Aleksandra and Ruzveltova street is the home of the University Library, the Archives of Serbia and various technical faculties of the University.

The park which surrounds the sculpture is named after Saints Cyril and Methodius famed for their work through which they influenced the cultural development of the Slav people for which they received the title “Apostles to the Slavs”.

The two saints are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe Old Church Slavonic.

Joining the Saints and Vuk is a sculpture of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

When I visited the park yesterday, the heat was intense as buses, trams and cars rumbled past.

Park benches empty baking in the heat of the afternoon sun.

The fountains gushing water and looking oh so tempting…

Yet for me, what lies beneath Vukov Spomenik is as fascinating as the great literary figures which dominate the space above.

About which more later…

auk
cyril & methodius
pushkin
telenor ad
empty bench
holding hands

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