17.07.2006 -

Three more Medieval Monuments in Kosovo inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage

The World Heritage Committee decided to extend the site inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2004 as Dečani Monastery (Serbia) by adding to it three groups of churches, the Patriarchate of Peć Monastery, Gračanica Monastery and the Church of the Virgin of Ljeviška. The site is now to be known as Medieval Monuments in Kosovo. The extended property, mainly dating from the 13th and 14th centuries, was also placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to difficulties in its management and conservation resulting from the region's political instability. The Committee requested that the State Party (Serbia) work with UNESCO programmes, with the United Nations Mission to Kosovo (UNMIK) and with the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Kosovo in caring for the site. The four edifices of the site reflect the high points of the Byzantine-Romanesque ecclesiastical culture that developed in the Balkans between the 13th and 17th centuries with its distinct style of wall painting. The initiative for placing these cultural monuments on the World Heritage List was launched by experts engaged by UNESCO. Two UNESCO missions have visited Kosovo since 1999. In the framework of the mission undertaken from 26 to 30 April 2004 under the leadership of the Culture Section of the UNESCO Venice Office, international experts emphasized the value and endangerment of these monuments and strongly recommended their inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 
Photos : © UNESCO/Horst Gödicke Decani - Kosovo (14/07/2006) 
See related : Heritage Protection & Reconciliation 
Publications : Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe: KOSOVO KOSOVO 2

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