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Kosovo and Metohija (official name) is
the second Serbian province. Beyond this, it is difficult to momentarily
define precise constitutional relationship between Serbia and its South-Western
province. This legal ambiguity is due to NATO's occupation of Kosovo
since June 1999 which has never been resolved within the framework of the
Yugoslav Constitution. Kosovo is Serbian on paper only, since after
NATO's aggression it is de facto ruled by UNMIK and its military wing K-FOR.
However, from 1989 - 1999 Kosovo was ruled directly from Belgrade and during
the period from 1974 - 1989 Kosovo enjoyed wide autonomy within Serbia.
For more details about the political and legal status of the Serbian province
and as well as its history see our Kosovo and/or Articles sections.
Kosovo's population is overwhelmingly Albanian- certainly not less then
90% by May of 2001. Serbian Frontier has no interest in providing our visitors
with the Photo Tour of the Albanian Kosovo. Instead, these pages will depict
only Serbian heritage of Kosovo, of which there is plenty. (there
is no Albanian heritage in Kosovo since Albanian population became significant
only from 1930s and on) It is not an over-statement to say
that Kosovo is the cradle of Serbian culture and state. In a way it is
to Serbs what Jerusalem is to Jews, parallels being too apparent. In addition,
Serbs actually have a legitimate political and legal (see Serbian Frontier's
editorial in the Kosovo Section entitled "Bare Naked Facts: Just Look At
Them") claim to it. Many Monasteries erected in the Middle Ages by Serbian
Princes, Kings and Czars testify to this undeniable fact. So far,
Albanian terrorists and thugs destroyed and/or damaged 76 Serbian Christian
Orthodox Monasteries and Churches. Yet, hundreds more stand as they have
for hundreds of years.
Obviously, it is impossible for Serbian Frontier to present every Serbian
Monastery in Kosovo. Instead, by concentrating on few more well known we
hope to convince the readers of these pages that there is something more
to Serbian spiritual relationship with Kosovo then just rethoric. (In the
Kosovo Section, see "Battle of Kosovo")
Patriarchate of Pec is the most
famous Serbian Monastery in Kosovo and Metohija. It was also the Patriarchate
of Serbian Orthodox Church for Centuries. (Patriarchate is located in Belgrade
since the 19th Century) The complex consists of four Churches. Foundations
to the Monastery were laid by King Stefan the First-Crowned and much of
the complex was built in the 13th and 14th Centuries. (for its importance
and size Archbishop Arsenije is responsible)
Bellow: Seven different images of
the Patriarchate of Pec and its four Churches.