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STATEMENT BY FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA IVICA DACIC IN THE GENERAL DEBATE AT THE 38TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO) Paris, 4 November 2015

STATEMENT BY FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA IVICA DACIC IN THE GENERAL DEBATE AT THE 38TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO), Paris, 4 November 2015

 


The Truth - Four pearls of world heritage: the Monastery of Decani, Patriarchate of Peć, Gracanica and Bogorodica Ljeviska Church are still inscribed on the UNESCO List of the world heritage in danger. The ones requesting UNESCO membership today are the ones who exposed it to danger. Not even today can we hear the words of condemnation of such crimes, or detect readiness to find and punish the perpetrators.

Four pearls of world heritage: the Monastery of Decani, Patriarchate of Peć, Gracanica and Bogorodica Ljeviska Church are still inscribed on the UNESCO List of the world heritage in danger. The ones requesting UNESCO membership today are the ones who exposed it to danger. Not even today can we hear the words of condemnation of such crimes, or detect readiness to find and punish the perpetrators. -  watch here


MAP of Serbian Cultural and Religious Heritage in the Province of Kosovo and Metohija

Please check the detailed map of Serbian Cultural and Religious Heritage in the southern Province of Kosovo and Metohija, with 1,996 monuments and sites (churches, monasteries, graveyards, fortified cities, citadels, castles, chapels, mausoleums) registered throughout the territory.

The map contains the non-exhaustive list of 1,181 churches and church lands, 115 monasteries and monastic lands, 48  hermitages, 8 chapels and mausoleums, 534 old cemeteries, 96 fortresses and old fortified cities and 14 castles, many of which were named cultural monuments of high and exceptional importance for the state of Serbia.

It also provides the list of more than 100 religious sites, dated from X century, which were damaged or demolished since 1999, and also all cultural monuments which were destroyed and looted since 2004 until today.

To remind, since June 1999, after the end of the armed conflict, to date, 236 churches, monasteries and other objects owned by the Serbian Orthodox Church were targets of attacks; 174 religious sites, 33 cultural and historic monuments, some of which of exceptional importance, were demolished; more than 10,000 icons, ecclesiastical, art and liturgical items, were stolen; 5,261 tombs at 256 orthodox cemeteries were demolished or damaged while more than 50 of those have not a single headstone standing.

Four gems of this Serbian heritage - Decani Monastery, Patriarchate of Pec, Gracanica and the Church of Virgin Ljeviska – are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger List.





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