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Monument to Karadjordje
Monument to Karadjordje
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Author: Sreten Stojanović (Plateau in front of the building of the National Library of Serbia; erected in 1979)

A bronze sculpture, 320 cm in height and dominating the environment, was set up on a hill on a plateau in front of the National Library and the Temple of St. Sava, in memory of Đorđe Petrović – Karageorge.

Đorđe Petrović (1768-1817, leader of the First Serbian Uprising). The Turks called him Karageorge – Black George. Once a shepherd in Šumadija, then a village cattle trader. Spent his youth resisting Turkish violence, first as a hajduk, then as a brave warrior in a platoon of volunteers (freikorps) of Captain Radić Petrović during the Austro-Turkish war of 1788-1791.

Left for the hajduks upon the return of the Janissaries to Belgrade and started preparing larger scale resistance with other notable persons. Chosen to be the leader of the uprising at the assembly in Orašac in 1804. Linked the insurgent Serbia with Austria and Russia and initiated hostilities with Turkey.

Lead the battles for the liberation of Belgrade in 1806. Moved to Austria and Russia after the uprising in 1813. Returned to Serbia in 1817, only to be assassinated on orders by Prince Miloš Obrenović.

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