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New Collection: Monastery Kalenić

The collection of the Kalenić monastery is available to a worldwide audience. It contains photographs of the entire wall painting of the monastery church, its architecture, sculptural decoration, and the surrounding courtyard. You can also take a virtual tour of the church's interior and enjoy the selection of the most representative photograp

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BLAGO Fund at the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Monday, May 9, 2022, BLAGO Fund sponsored session took place at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the largest gathering of scholars specializing in medieval studies hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University. Every year, the congress brings together thousands of medievalists from around the world to Kalamazoo, MI,

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New Collection: Monastery Jošanica

A new collection of the monastery of Jošanica is now available on our website. The monastery is located in the vicinity of the town of Jagodina in central Serbia, at the foothills of Crni Vrh mountain. The exact time of construction and painting of the church is not known; the most recent analyses date it to the 1430s. The original dedication

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BLAGO Fund and Wikimedia Cooperation

This month, the BLAGO Fund and Wikimedia Serbia representatives have signed an agreement allowing for a significant number of photographs created by the BLAGO team to become available on the Wikimedia Commons. Photographs of some of the most famous Serbian monasteries and churches from our collections will be used as illustrative material for Wikip

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BLAGO Fund Sponsored Session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies

It is with great excitement that we can announce that the BLAGO Fund sponsored session, "Digital Methods in Preservation of Medieval Cultural Heritage: New Approaches and Technologies", at the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo will take place Monday, May 9, 3:00 p.m. EDT (9:00 p.m. CET).  Each year, the Congress

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Church of St Nicholas, Ramaća, Collection

A new collection of the church of St Nicholas, Ramaća, is now available on our website. At the foothills of Rudnik mountain, 25 km from Kragujevac, is the picturesque village of Ramaća with its old church, known by its folk name Kumanica, currently dedicated to Saints Constantine and Helen. The church was initially dedicated to Saint

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The year 2021 in review

As the new year approaches, it is time to look back and recap what we have done in the past year, which has been quite busy for us. PUBLIC UPDATES Monastery MANASIJA Collection  We have enriched our digital collection of Manasija monastery with virtual tours and photographs of the architecture and fresco decoration of the church and fortificat

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The Holy Archangels Monastery Collection

A new collection of the Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren is now available on our website. Even though there are only remains of the main church, fortification walls, and other buildings of the once lavishly decorated monastic complex, the historical importance of this imperial foundation that served as the mausoleum of Emperor Stefan Duš

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BLAGO in Sirnićka and Sredačka Župa, 2021

On the fourth day of our Kosovo trip, Nenad Vukićević and Zoran Jovanović headed south to the old royal city of Prizren. The road is well-known, as we spent some considerable time there in June of 2019 while recording for churches of Prizren, including the famous Virgin Ljeviška. Our destination is a cluster of small churches in Sirnićka and Sredač

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BLAGO Fund Presentation at the International Conference "King Milutin and the Palaelogan Age: History, Literature, Cultural Heritage"

It has been a pleasure to have been a part of the International Conference "King Milutin and the Palaelogan Age: History, Literature, Cultural Heritage." We want to thank and congratulate the organizers and all participants for making this a truly remarkable event. During these three days, many photographs and videos of the BLAGO Fund were used in

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BLAGO in Gračanica, 2021

Gračanica monastery, near Lipljan in Kosovo, is the last monumental foundation of King Stefan Milutin. Built on the ruins of the former Church of the Holy Virgin, the monastery was completed in 1321 and dedicated to the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin, subsequently re-dedicated to Her Dormition. On the western wall of the southe

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"King Milutin and the Palaelogan Age: History, Literature, Cultural Heritage" Book of Abstracts and Conference Program Published

The book of abstracts for the upcoming international scientific conference "King Milutin and the Palaelogan Age: History, Literature, Cultural Heritage", scheduled to take place in Skopje, 24-26 October 2021, has been released. Due to the pandemic, the conference will most likely take place online. We are delighted that the members of our team

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Blago at Ramaća

The team of Blago Fund visited Ramaća, the village at the foothills of Rudnik mountain in the Šumadija district in central Serbia. The local church is one of this year's Blago goals for comprehensive photo collection and presentation to the World audience. The church of Saints Constantine and Helena, originally dedicated to Sain

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Update of Lipljan church collection

The church of The Presentation of the Virgin in Lipljan (near Priština, Kosovo) was built, most likely, in the second or third decade of the 14th century, on the foundations of an earlier Byzantine basilica. It was mentioned for the first time in 1331 in one of King Dušan's charters and was donated in 1336 to the Tower (Pirg) of the Ascension in Hi

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Update of Vaganeš church collection

The church dedicated to the Ascension of the Theotokos (Holy Mother of God), in the vicinity of Novo Brdo, was built in 1354-55. Its founder was Serbian landowner Dabiživ with his brothers Haran and Bogoje, father Kaluger, and mother Višnja, which is evidenced by three inscriptions, two carved in stone and one fresco painted. The church is of modes

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Update of Tamnica church collection

Church in Donji Ajnovci in the vicinity of Kosovska Kamenica, also known as Tamnica (Tamnica) was erected in the 14th century on the ruins of an earlier Byzantine basilica. It has a cross-in-square plan and it probably had a dome. The church is built in alternate layers of limestone and brick. As it was in ruins for many centuries, only fragments o

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BLAGO at the conference, Oct 2021

King Milutin and the Paleologan Age: History, Literature, Heritage, 24-26 October 2021, Skopje   As this year commemorates 700 years from the death of the Holy Serbian King Stefan Uroš II Milutin, we are pleased to say that the BLAGO Fund will be a part of the International Scientific Conference "King Milutin and the Palaeologan Age:

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Update of Velika Hoča collection

In the summer of 2008, the members of the Blago Fund together with Prof. Dr. Dragan Vojvodić from the Art History department of the Faculty of Philosophy visited the village of Velika Hoča. The village is one of the oldest settlements in Metohija preserving a great number of Serbian monasteries and churches dating from the Middle Ages. The Bla

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BLAGO Expedition 2008, personal story

In June of 2008, BLAGO Fund went to Kosovo & Metohija to record and archive some smaller churches and monasteries. Radmilo Bozinovic, the author of this story, was with BLAGO for the first time. Besides being part of the crew for the archiving work, this is also Radmilo's personal pilgrimage to an area regarded as a cradle of Serbian identity a

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Blago Fund continues its cooperation with Princeton and Harvard Universities

The BLAGO Fund Team donated slides and DVDs on Serbian monasteries to the Princeton and Harvard Universities. Slides and DVDs were created by the BLAGO field team during their years of extensive work in Monastery Mileseva, August 2000, 195 slides; Monastery Studenica, Monastery Gracanica, June 2003, 98 slides; Monastery Decani, June 2004, 21 slides

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BLAGO Content

While the content of the BLAGO Fund collections is free to use,  there are also some restrictions on commercial use and proper attribution of the material.  Follow the links below for more information.

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BLAGO Fund also accepts the contribution of material. Please contact us with any material you wish to publish on our website.

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