Spomen Park Kadinjača is one of a series of memorial parks devised by the first president of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, and while it’s perhaps more one of the more elaborate ones, it’s definitely not the wackiest-looking. I can’t be the only person who caught the aerial view of this thing and suddenly, for some reason, had “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” run through my head. (There you go, anime reference)
The park is situated within the curves of a road that stretches from Bajina Bašta to Užice. The scenery is amazing (typical of the region), and despite the traffic rolling by, the hilltop location is extremely tranquil and quiet.
The monument memorialises the Užice partisan Workers Battalion, all of whom died while battling the Nazis here on the 29th of November, 1941. The first part of the monument that was constructed in 1952 is actually a crypt containing their remains. The three circles of monolithic white figures represent workers, soldiers, and free people.
The figures’ faces struck me as a bit sad, forever forced to look sternly into the distance, stuck inside their chunky, chalky bodies.
There’s also a museum that looks derelict but actually isn’t, as well as a few old weapons laying around. It was an interesting place, and we’re looking forward to hunting out more Tito monument brainchilds soon.