Skip to comments.Endangered Site: Visoki Decani Monastery, Kosovo
Posted on 03/06/2009 10:25:16 AM PST by Doctor13
The fate of the 14th-century abbey, one of the best-preserved medieval churches in the Balkans, has been darkened by ethnic violence.
Time stands still within the Visoki Decani Monastery, nestled among chestnut groves at the foot of the Prokletije Mountains in western Kosovo. Declared a World Heritage Site in 2004, Unesco cited the 14th-century abbey as an irreplaceable treasure, a place where "traditions of Romanesque architecture meet artistic patterns of the Byzantine world."
The Serbian Orthodox monastery represents, according to art historian Bratislav Pantelic, author of a book on Decani's architecture, "the largest and best-preserved medieval church in the entire Balkans." Construction of Decani, dedicated to Christ the Pantocrator, or ruler of the universe, commenced in 1327 under King Stefan Uros III Decanski. (The monastery also functions as his mausoleum; the king's coffin rests at the head of the altar.)
The monarch's son, Stefan IV, completed his father's monument and was also responsible for the defining glory of the building's interior: its Byzantine frescoes, several thousand in all. The wall paintings incorporate thousands of individual figures illustrating such themes as the life of Christ, the veneration of the Virgin and the succession of kings in Stefan III's dynasty. Some of the tableauxthe story of Genesis, the Acts of the Apostles and the Proverbs of Solomonare unique to Byzantine painting. Created over a span of 15 years, the frescoes exist in a state of extraordinary preservation. "When you go in," adds Pantelic, "you see exactly what you would have seen in the mid-1300s. That's what is amazing."
Across the centuries, Pantelic says, the abbey was regarded as "an ancient holy place that transcended religious divisions." In recent years, however, Decani's fate has been darkened by the cycle of ethnic violence that has engulfed the region since the early 1990s. Kosovo's majority ethnic Albanians have long pressed for independence from Serbia. In 1998, then-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic sent armed forces to crush the separatist movement. A campaign of NATO bombing, followed by the introduction of United Nations peacekeepers (a presence continued today), was required to end the bloodshed.
During the fighting, the monks of Decani, following centuries-old tradition, sheltered refugees of all ethnicities. Yet, Decani's symbolic significance as a Serbian Orthodox cultural monument has rendered the abbey vulnerable.
On March 30, 2007, the monastery was attacked with grenades, presumably thrown by ethnic Albanian insurgents. Fortunately, the damage was "negligible," according to Sali Shoshaj, director of the Kosovo office of Cultural Heritage Without Borders, a Swedish organization founded in 1995 to preserve and restore Balkan sites. At least one person, reports Shoshaj, has been arrested. The situation has stabilized to the point that Decani has reopened to visitors, he says. Local guides, fluent in many languages, lead tours into the church.
Today, the abbey is protected by a force of Italian U.N. peacekeepers, who respectfully stand guard outside its cobblestone courtyard. Decani must "remain intact as part of the Balkan heritage," says Pantelic. "It belongs to all of us."
The Architecture of Decani and the Role of Archbishop Danilo II by Bratislav Pantelic, Reichert Verlag (Wiesbaden) 2002
Don't tell me. Was it the Hasidic terrorists this time? Or the Mormons?
Funny how, in an article about a violent religious conflict (which liberals describe as the quintessence of religion), only one of the religions is named.
I have a list of things I’d pay a hundred dollars to watch; at the very top of that list would be Serbia retaking Kosovo on Bork Oinkbama’s watch.
Visoki (High) Decani
What they are worried about is a repeat of this:
I would like to see that too. Unfortunately he won’t pull out the U.S. troops, so it won’t happen.
Could it happen here?
The muslim ‘police’ need to guard their own women from the ravages of their own muzzies beating and murdering them. Let Christians police their own holy sites.
Not just in Kosovo, but all over the world.
And there is this on the same site:
Bulletin of Christian Persecution Facts without comments-- We Collect the Dots; You Connect Them with a fair amount of incidents in Bosnia and Kosovo listed.
It already has begun to happen here!
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Thanks for the laugh! Assuming the Serbianna link is true: "A 2000 Un study estimates that 25% of Kosovos Albanian Muslim females suffer physical or psychological abuse but only 1,000 cases of domestic violence have been recorded by Kosovo Albanian authorities."
here's what they say about Serbia: "In Serbia, some estimate that domestic violence affects up to half of all women regardless of socio-economic or ethnic status. If victims seek help at all, they often face a legal and judicial system that perpetuates the guilt and shame they already feel, further handicapping them.
In western Serbia's Uzice municipality, for example, police reports from 2003 document only 20 domestic violence cases. And, according to recent domestic-violence awareness training recently conducted by USAID partner ABA/CEELI, Serbian judges and prosecutors largely view domestic violence as a family matter outside of the courts' purview."
Most of the trafficked women are Russian, Moldovan or Ukrainian, so desperate to get away from their abusive, drunk males that they fall for the trafficker lies. Does 'Russian mail order bride' ring a bell?
On a 1-10 scale, how dumb do you feel now?
I would suggest that you not make issues "personal."
Now that you have a real name a name to know you by I can respond accordingly:
What’s up with the anger? Think before insulting others, that’s all. It turns out Serbs are even worst at domestic abuse than the people you bashed.
Ps. I am not a Nazi and definitely didn’t come from Asia minor like some others in the 1920’s.
I would also suggest that you do the same...or am I asking for too much?
The destruction of Serbian Orthodox Churches (CHRISTIAN churches) in the Kosovo and Metohija area has been one of the great tragedies of that area. The "Humanitarians" of the West have virtually ignored this phenomenon, which proves just how phony these bleeding hearts are.
A particularly bad year was 1999, the year of the "Bombing by NATO".
The following website provides a good overview of the casualties suffered by the Serbian churches during just one short period of a few months.
Catalog of Destroyed and Desecrated Churches in Kosovo and Metohia (June-October 1999)
Number of destroyed and desecrated Serbian shrines in different zones of responsibility of KFOR units deployed in Kosovo and Metohia (total 76)
10 United Kingdom
Just one of the examples:
The church of the Holy Virgin Hodegetria, built in 1315. Think about that. This church survived even the rule of the Ottoman Turks in that area for centuries.
And after the "mining":
Funny how the "Humanitarians" all seem to have an overwhelming compassion for the 'Muslim casualties', but when it comes to 'Christian' casualties, they are not so empathetic. And still they do not see the huge mistake they have made in judgment.
By the way, the Turks were actually quite accomodating of the Serbian Orthodox Church for over 4 centuries of Ottoman rule. They "allowed" the SOC to exist and flourish.
What has happened, and been allowed to happen, to the Serbian Orthodox Church in these 'modern' times is a WAR CRIME.
Ronly Bonly Jones, in his various re-incarnations, only knows how to spew anti-Christian hatred.
You are on a fool’s errand
He’s a fool on a marathon of a Jihadist’s errand.
What this article does not mention is that Decani Monastery is a center of humanitarian aid for the people of Kosovo. You may contribute funds for their efforts either through IOCC (designate checks for “Kosovo” in the memo line), or the Decani Monastery Relief Fund:
Most importantly, Decani Monastery is a center of prayer and the sacramental presence of God:
Decani is by NO MEANS merely a UNESCO-designated site for its artistic and historic value. It is a center of Christian worship, life, and love.
Save Decani, save Kosovo!!!!
In “mainline” protestant churches, such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that I left to become Orthodox, it is already taboo to say the truth that islam spread by bloody conquest and oppression, and wants to do the same to the remaining “kuffar” world.
So the encyclopedia editor is in line with what passes for “enlightened, informed Christian opinion”, but is really just the opposite!
The Turks were always nice to collaborators and quiet serfs.
How many mosques or Catholic Churches are still standing in what is now Republic Srpska?
How many Albanian houses did Serbs destroy on purpose during their "crimes against humanity" campaign?
God, Spare me please! It's like being forced to listen to Michael Jackson give lessons on child-rearing!
“nameless-fool” is NOT a newbie, but the returned-from-banishment Ronly Bonly Jones.
Bonly, a notorious troll, is just recycling his usual stuff, often using the very same phrases as before.
And, as usual, he quotes unreliable sources. I tried to work with USAID (the source of Bonly’s “abuse” quote on this thread) quite a few years ago, so I know!!!! Of course, quoting USAID is a few notches above quoting the ICTY, which Bonly (and Hoppy) do all the time!
This guy Bonly has more lives than a cat. You'd think they'd figure out his IP address by now and ban him for life!
Defending rapists again? Some nations would find it shameful, but Serbia is in running with Sudan, Somalia and Congo when it comes to morals. Will Bashir share the same jail cell as your hero, Karadzic?
Regarding Iran: Serbia, Iran to promote parliamentary ties
and like your motherland: Iran, Serbia sign security agreement
Tell us how Serbia resisted the Nazis again, go ahead. How do you guys like that Croatia and Albania are both joining NATO? Try something, go get your 'Jerusalem', or Krajina! Even Dodik shut his mouth now:
"Milorad Dodik, the Prime Minister of the Serb-dominated Bosnian entity of Republika Srpska, has seemingly softened his radical rhetoric and temporarily abandoned plans for his entitys independence, local media reported on Wednesday. The apparent shift in Dodiks attitude came after his meeting on Tuesday with Stuart Jones, the deputy US Assistant Secretary in charge of the Balkans."
Oh, that is not reliable?
Reality TV uncovers domestic violence in Serbia
21 August 2008 in Domestic Violence, Europe, Family Marriage Partnership, Media
A bridegroom on a popular Serbian television show brags how he slaps his bride now and then - with her mothers approval.
The bashful bride acknowledges, while looking adoringly at her husband-to-be, that she can be lazy and disobedient and should be hit in the face from time to time.
The scene from 48-Hour Wedding, a reality TV show that sets up Serb couples for real nuptials, points to a less romantic issue in the macho Balkan society: spousal abuse.
Domestic violence is the most common kind of abuse in Serbia and every third women has been a victim, surveys of non-governmental groups say. Laws have been tightened, but lenient punishment and a patriarchal society remain hurdles.
A slap in Serbia still isnt regarded as beating. To slap a woman in the face if her husband is annoyed is considered OK, Vesna Stanojevic of the Consultancy Against Domestic Violence told local media.
Many men in Serbia, unsettled by the nations defeats in the 1990s Balkan wars and crumbling moral values, believe women should stay at home and take care of their men and children.
Of course, beating is out of the question, but a slap now and then - why not? She needs to know her place, said taxi driver Pera, who declined to give his last name.
Most victims are believed to be among Serbias Roma population and Serb refugees who fled to the homeland during the recent wars. But the abusers can be found in all walks of life.
One woman spoke out to Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) about her dentist husband, refusing to give her name out of fear of another beating.
Where can I go? Whom can I turn to? Nobody will believe me. Hes a well-respected dentist and Im his sweet, good-looking wife, she said.
So I stay with him. Thank God I cant have children, so he cant hurt them, she said. But he hits me because I cant give him sons.
Advocacy groups believe women report attacks by the men in their lives in only one of 20 cases. There are no official data.
Vanja Macanovic of Belgrades Autonomous Womens Centre blames lack of cooperation among state institutions, slow courts and womens fear of their attackers.
In 78 per cent of domestic violence cases, a husband, ex-husband or partner is the source, the consultancy says.
And domestic violence was behind about 30 per cent of murders committed in Serbia in 2007, data shows.
The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights says Serb judges are often judgmental toward the victims and unlikely to remove culprits from the home or issue restraining orders. Usually, offenders get one years probation or a fine.
Women who go to court are liable to be faced with months of proceedings, with humiliating testimony to police and in front of a court and perpetrators who accuse them of asking for it. e Getting away from violent male spouses is also difficult. Serbia has only three safe houses for abused women, though more are due to be built.
In a country where democracy, rule of law and membership in the European Union are goals for more than 70 per cent of population, wife beaters are still considered macho men.
I tried leaving home and finding a job, but hed always find me, the dentists wife said. I tried fighting back but the last time I did that, he broke my jaw and left hand.
Now I try to stay away and hope that hell kill me the next time he hits me, she said.
The Christian Serbs attempt to preserve a medieval Christian treasure and you respond by attempting to smear all Serbians.
You never change, Bonly-boy.
I was responding in kind to accusations thrown, accusations that had nothing to do with the monastery.
If these "accusations" have "nothing to do with the monastery", then why are you trolling this thread?
This is a discussion thread on the subject of the monastery, not your own personal toilet!
BTTT. Very tragic and doubly so that such hateful destruction and violence is ignored by the west and the MSM.
LucyT -it could indeed happen here; we’re on that trajectory. Just depends if it changes direction or not. HOw much “community organizing” goes on, and if the head “community organizer” gets dragged off the stage or not.