Saturday, 28 February 2015

Gracanica Monastery, Kosovo

Another Unesco card, this time from Kosovo. This arrived from a swap with Sini of Finland. I think this is only my second or so postcard from Kosovo as well. Gracanica Monastery is one of the Medieval Monuments in Kosovo.

Gračanica is a Serbian Orthodox monastery located in Kosovo. It was rebuild by the Serbian king Stefan Milutin in 1321 on the ruins of a 6th-century early Christian three-naved basilica. Gračanica Monastery was declared Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1990, and it is protected by Republic of Kosovo and considered as protected monument by Republic of Serbia because of the unaccepted self declared independence of Kosovo, and on 13 July 2006 it was placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List under the name of Medieval Monuments in Kosovo as an extension of the Visoki Dečani site which was overall placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Gračanica Monastery is one of King Milutin's last monumental endowments. It is situated in the village of Gračanica, a Serb enclave 5 km (3.1 mi) from Pristina. The monastery is in the close vicinity of Lipljan (ancient Roman town of Ulpiana), the old residence of bishops.

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