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BLAGO Newsletter, #32 June 2023

BLAGO Newsletter, #32 June 2023



  #32, Јуне 2023



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 in June of 2022, when more than five thousand pictures, movies, and other digital materials were collected.


"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 daily lives, while Dubravka Dragović Šehović, editor, and our associate, Ivana Lemcool, talked about the book and the work of Blago Fund. 


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. Photography equipment - cameras, lenses, tripods, drones, and other technical equipment - is carefully placed in the van to keep it safe during the trip. 

Monastery Budisavci

Expedition 2023: Ljubostinja, Rudenica, and Naupara


Besides Kosovo and Metohija, this year's field trip included central Serbia around Kruševac. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop David, our small team made complete collections of the Monasteries Ljubostinja, Rudenica, Naupare, and Drenča.


This richly illustrated book presents depictions of the Mother of God in Serbian medieval wall paintings. A unique, high-quality edition, with exquisite photographs accompanied by the texts written by Bishop Maksim Vasiljević and Ivana Lemcool, art historian Ph.D.


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BLAGO is a non-profit, non-government organization with many volunteers. For over 20 years, we have been devoted to preserving and promoting Serbian cultural heritage. In doing so, we occasionally require the services of experts and helpers. To carry out our expeditions, we need to cover the cost of transportation and lodging. We manage photo equipment, web servers, desktops, disk arrays, and communication lines throughout the year.

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