Vuk and Dositej Museum

Vuk and Dositej Museum

Serbian uprising against Turks from 1804 was named First Serbian Uprising because it was the first to yield results unlike many others that proceeded. Serbian Nation at that time was in general but above all culturally in pitiful state, since finding a literate person was a real endeavor. Dositej Obradovic as rare educated Serbian and a true representative of enlightenment movement was brought from Trieste, present day Italy to create and manage Serbian education system.

One of his students called Vuk Karadzic managed to reform Serbian language, design phonetic alphabet and record Serbian folk poetry and prose despite fierce opposition showed by the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian intellectual elite including his professor. Nevertheless, Vuk and Dositej are celebrated as the most important linguistic duo in Serbian 19th century history as they were awarded museum dedicated to their work in the building that was used as famous Dositej’s Lyceum, Belgrade University’s predecessor.