Last weekend we traveled to Kosovo, which is a small territory that recently declared independence from Serbia. It is the spiritual hub of the Serbian Orthodox culture. There used to be hundreds of monasteries and churches throughout the are of Kosovo, but many of them were destroyed during the Islamic occupation of Kosovo. We visited a handful of the monasteries that are still standing. Most of the monasteries we visited were as old as the 13th and 14th centuries, though some had been destroyed and rebuilt more recently than that. It was an amazing experience to see such holy places and to be reminded of the presence and love of God. I experienced such peace and beauty on this trip, I did not want to leave! :}

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Memorial service for the nuns who were killed in an attack on the monastery in 2004.

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Beautiful Kosovo countryside. Reminds me of Bozeman.
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Pecka Patrijarsija monastery
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Church dedicated to St. Dimitri

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Tomb of a Serbian patriarch
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Church dedicated to the holy apostles

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Church dedicated to the Holy Theotokos

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Church dedicated to Saint Nicholas

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Wonderworking icon of the Theotokos. Original was painted by Saint Luke.

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We were all loving the gorgeous mountains
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Decani monastery
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Some of our group singing in the monastery. They have beautiful voices! 🙂
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Relics of St. Stefan, founder of the Monastery

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Bogorodica Ljeviska church in Prizren

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Prizren
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Gracanica monastery

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Monument erected at the site of the battle of Kosovo
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Photo by Macrina

 

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