Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi
Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi
The residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito
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Tatiana Torgonskaya
Translation: Vera Root
Photo: Tatiana Torgonskaya
26.11.2019

Josip Broz Tito, communist leader of Yugoslavia from 1945 to 1980, had no less than 33 residences. One of them is located not far from ancient Herceg Novi, in the village of Igalo.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

The house was built in 1976 by the local architect. It is beautifully positioned on top of a hill surrounded by romantic pine grove.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

The villa is called Galeb — Seagull.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

The house has 4 floors, two of them are underground. The total area of the residence is 5500 sq meters (about 60000 sq feet).

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Nowadays it is a museum of Josip Broz Tito. Curious tourists can observe the lifestyle of one of the most influential world figures.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

The first room that tourists see is a conference room.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Spacious balcony with a magnificent panoramic view.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Gorgeous Bay of Kotor unrolls right in front of your eyes.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

The city’s tile roofs behind the tall evergreen trees.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

The office, where Tito worked during his visits to the coastal villa.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

The house was not used or renovated after Tito’s death. Time seems to have stopped here.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Fireplace Hall.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

There are traditional massive Montenegrin furniture.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Dining Room.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Tito and his wife Jovanka had separate bedrooms. Jovanka's room is decorated in soft peach and pink colors.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

It has access to a private bathroom and dressing room.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

The bedroom of the Yugoslav leader is in musculine sapphire hues.

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His bathroom is decorated with luxurious bluish marble. Grooming salon-style chair in the bathroom. It was made to order.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Conference room.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Servant’s quarters.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

These are actually spacious apartments with a bedroom, a bathroom and a balcony.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Top floor of the villa.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Beautiful suite for important guests.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

But it is unknown who exactly stayed in this suite, since all the materials related to the life of Tito in his villa Galeb are currently still classified.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Huge pool on the underground level.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Glass wall in the pool area.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

There is a sauna and recreation area.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

Massage room.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

A special fish lived in aquarium on the lowest level of the villa. This fish was sort of tester of the quality of drinking water, protecting the statesman and distinguished guests from poisoning.

Villa Galeb in Herceg Novi (the residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia — Josip Broz Tito)

There is also a bomb shelter on this floor. It is modestly furnished, but safe and comfortable.

The villa is open only for guided tours, which are conducted in several languages, including English. Entrance ticket costs 3 euros.

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