Villa Galeb in Igalo (Herceg Novi), which is the former residence of Josip Broz Tito, the lifetime president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), was opened to tourists five years ago.
Interest in this intriguing historical building is growing from year to year, and from the beginning of June to the end of October of this year, about four and a half thousand inhabitants and guests of Montenegro visited it. The income from the sale of tickets to the Villa Josip Broz Tito amounted to 12.5 thousand euros. Villa Galeb can be visited before the end of this year, but only for tour groups of ten or more people. Visitors can see the premises where the Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito held meetings with his colleagues and guests, watched films, one of the rooms in which his close assistants lived, as well as his room and the room of his wife Jovanka, which are the most exclusive part of Tito’s villa . In most of the building, old furniture and the original interior were preserved. So, right next to the entrance, in the conference hall, where the former Federal Executive Council met, 51 seats are reserved for so many members of the Central Committee.
This year, Villa Galeb was visited by guests from all over the world, mainly from neighboring countries of the former Yugoslavia, Western Europe and Russia, as well as from New Zealand and Canada. Alain Filipovich, a guide to Villa Tito, said that this summer the prime minister of the African country with his family was among the visitors, as well as the ambassadors of Germany and Austria, who could not agree on whether Hertha Hes, the second wife of Josip Broz Tito, German or Austrian.
It is worth noting that Josip Broz Tito visited this villa four times, the first time it was built and the last - on April 15, 1979, when a catastrophic earthquake occurred in Montenegro. That same morning, I. Tito traveled along the coast with his entourage and turned to the republics of the former Yugoslavia with a request to help Montenegro. He spent the night before departure in a tent and left the villa in Igalo on April 16, returning to Belgrade. His wife, Jovanka, was at the Galeb villa only once.
Foto: Miodrag Gaba Golubina
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