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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. 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 fortifications. Please no

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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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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 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 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 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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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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Manasija Collection Completed

The monastery of Manasija, also known as Resava, was founded by Despot Stefan Lazarević in the first decades of the 15th century. Its church dedicated to the Holy Trinity is among the finest examples of the Morava school of architecture. The interior of the church was painted by experienced and skilled painters, as can be discerned from the preserv

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Arilje Collection Completed

 The church of Arilje is dedicated to Bishop Achillius of Larissa, Greece, a staunch opponent of the Arian heresy and a participant of the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. The Church of Saint Achillius in Arilje had close connections to the Nemanjić Dynasty, the first Serbian Archbishop Saint Sava, and King Dragutin. Visit BLAGO Arilje colle

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Monastery Mileseva collection completed

The Monastery Mileseva was founded by Vladislav, King of Serbia, son of Stefan the First-Crowned, and grandson of Stefan Nemanja, founder of the most influential Serbian medieval dynasty. Old Serbian biographers recorded that the erection of Mileseva started immediately after Vladislav's accession to the throne in 1234. Visit the BLAGO Mileseva col

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20 YEARS OF BLAGO

Word wide available digital archive of BLAGO Fund, became an inevitable resource for both students and scholars on numerous faculties in Serbia, as well as abroad. A large number of BLAGO Fund photographs are published in Serbian and foreign scientific periodicals and monographs. For this occasion, BLAGO released a short booklet documenting some of

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Prizren Expedition

 In June of 2019, BLAGO went again to Kosovo and Metohija. This time our destination was the city of Prizren with its churches: "The Theotokos of Ljevis" (endowment of King Milutin), churches of Holy Salvation (endowment of Mladen Vladojevic) and St. Nicholas (endowment of Dragoslav Tutic), and the church of St. George (endowment of family Run

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BLAGO team in Arilje, June 2018

 In June of 2018, the BLAGO team went to Arilje, where the collection of the St Achillius church was created. The church of St. Achillius, Bishop of Larissa, Greece, a staunch opponent of the Arian heresy and a participant of the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, located in a small city of Arilje, western Serbia, was the destination of the BL

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BLAGO revisits monastery Mileseva, March 2018

  In March of 2018, the BLAGO team went to Mileseva. The last collection from the monastery was from the year 2000, and the refresh was required — members of the small group: Gordana, Jelena, Meda, Zoran, and Nenad. Besides being cold, this trip was as always memorable. Please visit the latest collection of Monastery Mileseva.

GIGA Panoramic VR and pictures added to Studenica collection

 A GIGA panoramic VR has been added to the Studenica collection. This represents the most accurate and detailed up to date recording of the Studenica's main church, the Presentation of the Holy Virgin.

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