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Church of the Virgin of Ljeviške

Church of the Virgin of Ljeviške
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This church is the endowment of King Milan, and was built in the period between 1306 and 1307. The basis of the church is in the form of a cross with five domes, and the present church was build on the ruins of the church built in the 11th century, from which the sidewalls were taken. The earliest frescoes in this church date from the 13th century: they are: Prikaz svadbe u Kani, izlecenje slepca and Bogorodica sa Hristom cuvarem.

 

Church of the Virgin of Ljeviške - Foto: D.Bosnić

During the Turkish rule, in the eighteenth century, the frescoes are battered with a hammer, covered with a layer of plaster and whitewashed and the church was converted into a mosque. The frescoes were discovered again in middle of the last century, but despite that the church burned down on the 17th of March 2004 by Albanian vandals. The church is on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage since 2006. Monastery can be visited only with military escort of KFOR.

 

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