Tito’s Villa is a place that really fascinated me (even though I’m fascinated with more or less any object that is suitable for urban exploration), but at the same time it is a place whose story has long remained aside. There were other trips, explorations and adventures, and it’s been a long time until I finally managed to write this. However, it is time to devote my attention to it.
Let’s start with a short history of this so-called Object 99. This imposing building was built after the World War II and at that time it was the most expensive presidential residence. Although today all the splendor is only a shadow of what it used to be, you can still easily imagine how Tito enjoyed the luxury of this villa. The villa had a bowling alley, a cinema, and a billiards hall. It is located in the forest, out of view and available only to those who come here on purpose. So here we are.We reached the ramps from which you can not go further. Yet it did not prevent us from getting to the villa.
As we stroll through the forest, we see that, even today, it is a beautiful building. Even though it is a bad state, it still has some mysterious beauty, and this feeling of past times can be very much felt. As has been said, it is easy to imagine the splendor and luxury which Tito enjoyed during his stay at the villa. We pass through corridors, climb half-collapsed stairs, look at graffiti many of which have political themes, and at the same time we are disgusted and enchanted.
I don’t know how many times I have repeated that it’s a great shame that these structures are left to be ruined by time, just because they have something to do with the past regime. Are we ashamed of our history or do we do not perceive the potential of these facilities for the future? A villa like this in a place like this simply cries out for a new and more important purpose, better than the one it now has. Villa Izvor could be a tourist attraction, especially for the wealthy. Just imagine that you can stay in the former presidential residence, located near the Plitvice Lakes.
Still, let’s get back to reality. This villa is still just a destination of a rare urban exploration enthusiast. There are rumors that it will be rebuilt, but it remains to be seen. Unfortunately, we who see the importance and beauty of these objects are rare, but despite this they still stand proudly. I just hope it stays that way.