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New Collection: Monastery Naupara

Our new collection of the Naupara monastery is available on our website. The church was built, most probably, in the 1370s, modeled after the palatial church of Prince Lazar in nearby Kruševac. It has a trefoil plan, with a dome above its central area and a bell tower above the narthex. In addition to sculptural decoration which is characteristic o...

New Collection: Rudenica Monastery

Our new collection of the Rudenica monastery is available on our website. Last summer, we visited this exceptional monument of the Morava school of architecture, foundation of  nobleman Vukašin and his wife Vukosava. Their portraits have been preserved in the nave of the church, alongside the portraits of Despot Stefan Lazarević and his b...

New Collection: Ljubostinja Monastery

Our new collection of the Monastery of Ljubostinja is available on our website. This summer, we visited this beautiful late 14th-century foundation of Princess Milica in Central Serbia, and after completing our work on editing and organizing the material we created, we have posted hundreds of high-quality photographs along with the VR tour of the C...

Ljubomir Medenica (1950-2023)

We are extremely saddened by losing our dear friend and colleague, Operation Director and BOD President of BLAGO Serbia, Ljubomir Medenica. Meda, as he was known to most of his friends and associates, has been a part of our organization since its inception. His background as an electrical engineer, technical knowledge and practical mindset, and org...

New Collection: Budisavci Monastery

A new collection of the Budisavci Monastery is posted on our website. This summer, we visited the small female monastic community living in this 14th-century foundation that is 17 km away from the Patriarchate of Peć. The church of Holy Transfiguration preserves 16th-century painting that was made owing to the efforts of Makarije Sok...

Call for Papers: BLAGO Fund Sponsored Session at IMC Leeds 2024

We are excited to announce that we are preparing a BLAGO Fund-sponsored session for the next International Medieval Congress in Leeds, 1-4 July 2024.   Crisis, Accessibility, and Preservation:Digitizing Medieval Heritage in a Changing World ___ BLAGO Fund Sponsored Session The current global crises, such as climate change, political instabilit...

Expedition 2023: Ljubostinja, Rudenica, and Naupare

Besides Kosovo and Metohija, this year's field trip included central Serbia, more precisely, the area surrounding the city of Kruševac. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop David, our small team made complete collections of the Monasteries Ljubostinja, Rudenica, Naupare, and Drenča. Ljubostinja Monastery is an Orthodox monastery near the town of T...

Expedition 2023: Kosovo and Metohija

On Friday, May 26, 2023, our BLAGO Fund team set out on a journey from Belgrade to Gračanica to photograph the Serbian medieval cultural heritage of Gračanica and Budisavci monasteries, as well as the churches in Lipljan and Crkolez. Three-member team left Belgrade in a rented van and arrived in Jagodina, where other team members joined them. ...

New Collection: Monastery Pavlica

The collection of Monastery Pavlica is available on the BLAGO website. The monastery is located in the gorge of the river Ibar and close to the 11th-century church of Stara (Old) Pavlica and the medieval fortification of Brvenik. It is an endowment of the Musić family related to Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović. The BLAGO team visited the monastery ...

"Full of Grace" Book Event at the Crypt of the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade

On the evening of 23 May, in the crypt of the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade, the book launch of our publication "Full of Grace: Representations of the Mother of God in Serbian Medieval Wall Painting" took place. Their Graces Bishops Maksim and Grigorije talked about the Mother of God and her relevance in the history of salvation and our dai...

New Collection: Monastery Gradac

We have recently uploaded a fresh assortment of images from the Gradac Monastery on our website. Our team had the pleasure of revisiting this exceptional example of medieval Serbian art, and we have captured stunning new photographs at a higher resolution, along with drone footage showcasing a panoramic view of the monastery grounds. Moreover, we h...

“Gračanica: The Brilliance of Art in the Age of King Milutin” Exhibition Closed

From 21 December 2022 until 23 February 2023, the exhibition "Gračanica: The Brilliance of Art in the Age of King Milutin," authored by Aleksandra Davidov Temerinski, was on view at the Gallery of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade. Over 22 000 people visited the exhibition, realized in cooperation between the SASA and the R...

2022 in review

2022 was a very productive year for the BLAGO fund. The following accomplishments only partially represent our continued work collecting and publishing Serbian heritage. We have published seven new collections, including Monastery Kalenić, Monastery Jošanica, the church in Crkolez, the churches of Sredačka and Sirinićka župa, and the church in Rama...

"Full of Grace" is Now in Bookstores

The first printed edition of BLAGO Fund, "Full of Grace: Representations of the Mother of God in Serbian Medieval Wall Painting," published by Laguna Press, is now available in select bookstores. The book features texts in English and Serbian by His Grace Bishop Dr. Maxim (Vasiljević), art historian Dr. Ivana Lemcool, a foreword by His Gr...

New Collection: Church of Saint John, Crkolez

A new collection is available on our website. The Church of Saint John the Forerunner in the village of Crkolez in Metohija is first mentioned in a charter issued in 1400 by Princess Milica with her sons. Since the charter confirms the boundaries and privileges established at the time of Emperor Dušan, the church must have been built before hi...

New Collection: Churches of Sredačka Župa

We have made our collection with photographs, videos, and VR tours of the churches of Sredačka župa available on our website. The region of Sredačka župa, east of Prizren, consists of several mountain villages in the valley of the river of Prizren Bistrica. In addition to Sredska with its hamlets of Bogoševci, Krajći, Milačići, Račojći, Paličo...

New Collection: Churches of Sirinićka Župa

We have made our collection with photographs, videos, and VR tours of the churches of Sirinićka župa available on our website. Sirinićka župa is a historic region on the north slopes of the Šar Mountains in the province of Kosovo and Metohija. It preserves a great number of churches from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that were built and a...

BLAGO in Sirinićka 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 Sirinićka and Sreda...

BLAGO in Gradac and Nova Pavlica

Despite several setbacks, rescheduling, and plan changes, the members of the BLAGO Fund team managed to visit the monasteries of Gradac and Nova Pavlica this last June. Some 15 km apart, situated on the slopes of the beautiful mountain Golija, these monasteries are located in southwestern Serbia, Raška district, close to the old town Brvenik. ...

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...

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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