On Tuesday, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia visited the northern Serbian city of Zrenjanin.
The royals were welcomed by a huge crowd and a welcoming committee which consisted of Mr Cedomir Janjic, the Mayor of Zrenjanin; Mr Sasa Santovac, Deputy Mayor; Mrs Snezana Vucurevic, Head of the Central Banat Administrative District; and Mr Oliver Mitrovic, President of the City Assembly. The City Hall is one of the oldest buildings in the city because of a massive fire in 1807 that destroyed almost every building in the city – including the old City Hall. Construction work on a new City Hall started in 1816 and was finished in 1820.
After the warm welcome and the reception at City Hall, the royal couple took a walk down King Peter I Karadjordjevic Street. During their tour of the city, they visited the Temple of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin.
Then, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess travelled to the Zrenjanin National Museum where they had a guided tour through the exhibition. The National Museum of Zrenjanin is located in the Finance Palace in the main square in Zrenjanin and is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.
The day concluded with an enjoyable concert by the Royal Strings of St. George at the National Theatre “Tosa Jovanovic” in Zrenjanin. The son of the Crown Prince, Prince Philip, is the patron of the musical group. The theatre is located next to the national museum so the walk there was a short one.
Zrenjanin is a city and the administrative centre of the Central Banat District in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. The city has around 123,000 inhabitants and is, therefore, the largest city in the Serbian part of the Banat geographical region, and the third largest city in Vojvodina. In 1935, the town was renamed to Petrovgrad in honour of King Peter I of Serbia, Crown Prince Alexander’s father. It was called Petrovgrad from 1935 until the communist takeover in 1946.