Author: Rudolf Valdec (University Park)
The monument was erected in 1911 in front of the former National Library in Knez Mihailova Street, and was moved to its current spot in 1930. Dositej is represented in mid-stride, with a cane in his right hand and a hat in his left. The monument bears the inscribed maxim: “Learning in stride, look to the centuries!"
Dositej Obradović (1739-1811, writer, philosopher, pedagogue and national luminary). Left for a monastery as a young man, but later renounced his vows, travelled the world and studied at the universities of Europe. Ranks among the most important and most influential persons among the Serbian people of the 18th and early 19th century. Moved to Serbia in 1806 (during the First Serbian Uprising) and founded the Grand Lyceum in 1808, thereafter to become the first minister of education in Serbia. A rationalist, patriot and reformer, fought against superstition and the might of the church. Among the first to advocate the unity of the Yugoslav people regardless of religious differences. In favour of using popular language in literature. Buried in the port of the Cathedral Church in Belgrade.