Monument honouring Petar II Petrovic Njegos unveiled in Andricgrad

Tanuj – 2/12/13

BANJA LUKA – A monument honouring Prince-Bishop and famous Montenegrin poet Petar II Petrovic-Njegos was unveiled in Andricgrad near Visegrad in Republika Srpska (RS), on Friday.

The monument was built in front of the cathedral church dedicated to Saint Emperor Lazar and Kosovo martyrs, and it was unveiled by writer Matija Beckovic, member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The sculpture of Njegos is a replica of the monuments built in Belgrade and Podgorica and it was made by sculptor Sreten Stojanovic.

According to reports of Radio-Television of Republika Srpska, President Milorad Dodik holds the most credit for the building of Njegos’s monument in the town made of stone, together with Emir Kusturica as the mastermind of Andricgrad.

Dodik said that the monument serves as an eternal testimony of the love for Njegos.

Beckovic welcomed Njegos’s replica and entitled him the master of the town built by Kusturica at a time when many cities, bridges and monuments were destroyed.

Kusturica said that Njegos is a figure who voiced the spirit of the Serbian freedom and added that the monument represents an expression of gratitude to the great philosopher and poet who created his opus both as a bishop and a spiritual leader.

The unique celebration was organised to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Prince-Bishop Njegos and it was attended by RS Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, Russian Ambassador in Bosnia-Herzegovina Aleksander Bocan-Harchenko, RS ministers, Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and a number of guests from Serbia and RS.