|1999-2-14 Rushdie||Moscow 2000-8-8|
THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES
SERB ORTHODOX CHURCH NEAR PRISTINA BLOWN UP, JULY 16, 2000
PART ONE - PART TWO
All these barbarous acts by the Albanian extremists have occured in the presence of UN and the International Peace Forces (KFOR), not in the time of war but of PEACE. The Serbian Orthodox Church and its Historical and Religious heritage are exposed to systematic destruction and extermination in the very presence of the most powerful armed forces of the world and in the very heart of Europe. The Kosovo Albanian gangs of looters, arsonsts, miners are mercilessly destroying the monuments which are of world wide renown and which have survived centuries of turbulent history. With such a systematic campaign against the Christianity, Civilization and World Culture Kosovo Albanian extremists prove that thier goal remains ethnically cleansed Kosovo without Serbs and their Christian monuments.
Vadis Europa Christiana?
Rugova - denying the Serb Christian heritage in Kosovo and Metohija
International Press on Destruction of Churches in Kosovo and Metohija
The Montreal Gazette, GOD'S HOUSES IN RUINS
NATO Turns the Blind Eye as Scores of Ancient Christian Churches
Are Reduced to Rubble, The Independent, UK, Nov 20, 99
LA Times, Christian Sites Being Decimated in Kosovo
Boston Globe, Serb Kosovo Heritage in Peril
SPECTATOR - Christmas Desecrations in Kosovo
BHHR, Christmas in Kosovo
Fate of the Serbian Cultural Heritage (13-20c) - Milan Ivanovic - A text in which the author is trying to find what happened to Serbian medieval treasuries and libraries in subsequent historical periods.
Churches under 24 h. KFOR protection - Mitrovica March 2000
Unfortunately for many churches it was to late
IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
MAP OF THE DESTROYED CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES
The Holy Trinity Monastery near Musutiste (nr. Suva Reka), 14th century, looted and burned and soon after completely demolished by explosive in July 1999.
The Monastery of St. Cosma and Damian in Zociste near Orahovac, built in the 14th century (1327). The old residental buildings have recently been renovated. The monastery was looted in June 1999 when the monks had to leave this shrine. The living quarter were set on fire and the church was vandalized. The church was mined and completely destroyed by the local Albanians on September 13th.
Zociste Monastery before the destruction
Scenes of destruction
more photos of destruction
Previous attacks by KLA extremists on Zociste Monastery (in 1998) Destroyed churches in the region of Zociste
Scenes of the Church Demolished by the Albanian Extremists
St. Mark's Monastery in Korisa (nr. Prizren) 1467, vandalized and completely demolished by explosive, (the site is still inaccessible), July 1999
The Monastery and the Church of St Archangels, in Gornje Nerodimlje, were built in the 14th century and renewed in the year 1700. The monastery was set on fire looted, and seriously damaged by explosive. The old cemetery is desecrated.
Havoc remained after the attack of Albanian extremists
The church before destruction
The church after destruction
Cathedral was built on the site of the previous Orthodox Cathedral
interior of the chruch before destruction
The Church After Final Destruction
famous Devic Monastery of
St. Joanikije, f. c.1440, looted and vandalized, the marble tomb of
the saint is desecrated, June 1999
Barbarians in Action
The monument of a Serb writer Vuk Karadzic in Pristina
pulled down and damped in the trash during the Albanian rally on July 2.
During the rally the monuments of Vuk Karadzic and Njegos were trailed
by tractors through the streets of Pristina. The rally was headed by the UCK leader
Hashim Thaci who later denied any responsibility for the vandalism.
DESTRUCTION OF MONUMENTS IN POST WAR KOSOVO
THE PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH
BY THE ALBANIAN EXTREMISTS IN THE PAST
THE HISTORY IS REPEATING
Desecrated Serbian Orthodox Monuments and Graveyards 1987
Destruction of Christian Orthodox churches, desecration of graveyards and
murders of the clergy were often used as a method by Albanian Moslem extremists
to blot out all traces of the Serbian presence in Kosovo
WW2 Genocide - Albanian SS Skenderbey Division
in Kosovo and Metohija
of main Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and Metohija 500 Kb
The Art of Decani MonasteryThe Art of Gracanica Monastery
The Art of the Patriarchate of PecThe Holy Virgin of Ljevis Cathedral
The Art of Banjska MonasteryThe Art of the Holy Archangels' Monastery
The Foundation for the Protection of the Cultural Monuments of Serbia
Introduction to the History of Kosovo and Metohia
The Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of Kosovo and Metohia