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Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
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Type of site: Heritage in danger
Date: 13-17th century
Date of Inscription: 2004, 2006
Location: Europe, Serbia, Autonomous province of Kosovo
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Description: The site’s four structures reveal the climax of the Byzantine-Romanesque religious culture (13th and 17th centuries) in the Balkans, where an individual style of wall painting developed. The Patriarchate of Peć Monastery is a four domed church assembly, lying on the outskirts of Peć, filled with a series of wall paintings. A unique, monumental style of fresco painting is noticeable in the 13th-century frescoes within the Church of Holy Apostles. Early 14th-century frescoes in the church of the Holy Virgin correspond to the emergence of the novel, so called Palaiologian Renaissance style, which merged the eastern Orthodox Byzantine influences with those of the western Romanesque traditions. The approach played a critical, influential role in succeeding Balkan art. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Medieval Monuments in Kosovo is a Serbian World Heritage Site consisting of four Serbian Orthodox Christian churches and monasteries which represent the fusion of the eastern Orthodox Byzantine and the western Romanesque ecclesiastical architecture to form the so-called Palaiologian Renaissance style. The sites are located in the southern Serbian province of Kosovo. In 2004, UNESCO recognized the Dečani Monastery for its outstanding universal value. Two years later, the site of patrimony was extended as a serial nomination, to include three other religious monuments. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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