On the 200th anniversary of proclaiming Kragujevac the first capital of modern Serbia, within Milošev venac, next to the Residence of amidža, a bust of Miloš Obrenović was unveiled today. In the presence of the representatives of local self-government, institutions and guests who came to celebrate the day of the city – 6th May and this important jubilee together with the citizens of Kragujevac, the bust was unveiled by the mayor of Kragujevac Radomir Nikolić, and Miroslav Petrašinović, the president of the City assembly, addressed the people who had gathered.
“Today when we celebrate 200th anniversary of proclaiming Kragujevac the first capital of modern Serbia, we unveil and bow to the bust to the father of modern Serbian state, Miloš the Great, who originated from common people, who was a defiant and brave duke, a pragmatic politician and a state-creating ruler. The days of the capital make every citizen of Kragujevac especially proud of our Prince Miloš the Great, and proud of the fact which we keep emphasizing – that it has all started here, that Kragujevac was the first Serbian city, the first Serbian capital where the spirit of Europe had come and then it spread over the whole liberated country,“ said Petrašinović.
“Today Kragujevac is a free city of open heart, a city in which education institutions bring a great number of doctors, professors, lawyers, musicians and engineers every year. It is a city with developed industry, which shall again, like in the time of Miloš, become the driver of new industrial progress. The cult of the sovereign, as Miloš the Great, “pointed the president of the City assembly, “inspires new generations that lead the city and the state, to search for and find new solutions to bring the city back to its past glory, as Prince Miloš the Great made Kragujevac the capital from this place.“
“Thanks to Prince Miloš Obrenović, in 1818, Kragujevac became one of the most important cities not only of the Principality of Serbia at the time, but also of Serbian people. The idea, mission and the role of Miloš in the first half of 19th century led the Principality of Serbia to become an international factor in the Balkans,“ reminded Nenad Đorđević, a historian and the director of the National museum of Kragujevac.
“The bust of Miloš Obrenović, which has been made with the support of the City of Kragujevac and the Government of the Republic of Serbia, is a piece of work of Zoran Kuzmanović, an academic sculptor, a student of our most important sculptor Nikola Koka Janković, and it is only the beginning of our debt to Miloš, who has made our city a modern European city“ stated Đorđević.
In order to make the most faithful figure of Miloš in creating the sculpture, which lasted almost one year, documents, pictures and photographs from that period, as well as the death mask of Miloš Obrenović were used.