Sunday, June 7, 2015

Gračanica: A Serbian Enclave in Kosovo

Within a short drive south of Prishtina, Kosovo is the Serbian enclave of Gračanica.  The town is inhabited by approximately 11,000 people, many of whom are refugees driven out of Prishtina at the end of the Kosovo War.  Gračanica is also the administrative center for the Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo.

Below is the statue of Miloš Obilić, a Serbian knight in the service of Prince Lazar, during the invasion of the Ottoman Empire.  The statue is in the middle of a roundabout in Gračanica.  Notice the flag of Serbia to the left of the statue.

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However, Gračanica is also known for the Gračanica Monastery located in the middle of town.  The Serbian Orthodox monastery was built in 1321.  After World War II, the monastery has served as a convent for Serbian Orthodox nuns.  Today, it is home to 24 sisters.

Do you know what this plaque says?  It is on the walls of the monastery.  If you do, let me know!

Mc Donner's

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Euro 5 Cent Coint

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