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BLAGO Newsletter, #34 January 2024

BLAGO Newsletter, #34 January 2024



  #34, Jan 2024


‍In Memoriam: 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 organizational skills made him an invaluable member of our team who efficiently resolved any issues or difficulties we faced in our work. His sociability, openness, and kind spirit allowed him to make friends wherever we went, making every field expedition with him joyful and memorable. Before joining BLAGO, Meda had a successful career working at the Institute "Mihailo Pupin," the biggest and the oldest institution in information and communication technologies in Southeastern Europe, and later in the leading and long-standing Serbian IT engineering company. Some inventions and solutions he came up with are still in use today. Besides being accomplished in his profession, he was also a loving husband to his wife Vesna, a caring father to his son Milan and daughter Danica, and a grandfather to Mihajlo. Many will remember him as a loyal and selfless friend, and we will do our best to honor his memory by continuing our work.  


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 Church of Assumption, the monastery catholicon, a gem of the Morava school of architecture.



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 brother Vuk. Based on that, the church is considered to have been painted between 1403 and 1405.



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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