Regarding aspirations of the temporary institutions of Kosovo and Metohija that the self-proclaimed “State of Kosovo“ becomes a member of UNESCO

Patriarchate of Pec

LETTER OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH TO MRS. IRINA BOKOVA - Director-General of UNESCO HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH No 1047 14 September 2015 Belgrade Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs. Irina Bokova Paris Dear Madam On the occasion of recent self-proclaimed Government of Kosovo bid for UNESCO membership we would wish to express our profound concern on behalf of ...

PM Vucic’s Open Letter to Member States of UNESCO

October 2015 Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic sent a letter to all UNESCO members on Sunday, in which he expressed concern over the requests for Kosovo to be granted membership in the organisation, and noted that such an appeal is unfounded from the standpoint of international law. I hereby address you regarding the issue of the utmost ...

Diplomatic battle against Kosovo’s admission to UNESCO

October 2015 First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said today that Serbia will continue with its activities in order to prevent the admission of Kosovo to UNESCO, but warned that this fight will be extremely difficult. Appearing on Radio Television Serbia (RTS), Dacic stressed that countries that have not recognised the unilaterally ...

Regarding aspirations of the temporary institutions of Kosovo and Metohija that the self-proclaimed “State of Kosovo” becomes a member of UNESCO

LETTER OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH TO MRS. IRINA BOKOVA - Director-General of UNESCO HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH No 1047 14 September 2015 Belgrade Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs. Irina Bokova Paris Dear Madam, On the occasion of recent self-proclaimed Government of Kosovo bid for UNESCO membership we would wish to express our profound concern on behalf of ...

UN Condemns Destruction of Nimrud Heritage Site in Northern Iraq

The ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, which was destroyed by ISIS on March 5.

http://www.un.org - 7/3/15 "Nothing is safe from the cultural cleansing under way in the country: it targets human lives, minorities, and is marked by the systematic destruction of humanity's ancient heritage," Irina Bokova, Director-General at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a statement released today. "We cannot remain silent. The deliberate destruction of cultural ...

UNESCO experts to consider the chances of restoring Kremlin historical image including its two monasteries

UNESCO experts to consider the chances of restoring Kremlin historical image including its two monasteries

Moscow, October 28, Interfax – UNESCO experts arrive in Moscow to consider possibilities of restoring Kremlin historical appearance including the Chudov and Ascension monasteries on its territory. Experts started inspecting the Kremlin territory, a source in the Culture Ministry told Interfax. UNESCO expertise is a compulsory condition for starting such restoration works as Kremlin is the object ...

Program created to save a unique Orthodox cave monastery in Georgia

September 2014 The Georgian government has resolved to start a project to save the cave monastery complex of Vardzia in the Samche-Javaheti region, reports Novosti-Gruzia. Multidisciplinary research and a number of projects are scheduled for the first stage. 570,000 Georgian Lari (about $329,000) have been allocated from the government’s reserve fund to implement the four-year project. “Charts of ...

Unique cave monastery complex of 12th-13th centuries in Georgia to be conserved

15/7/14 Vardzia is the cave monastery complex of the 12th-13th centuries in the valley of the Kura river, situated about 70 kilometers south of the town of Borjomi. This is an outstanding monument of medieval Georgian architecture. The three-day international seminar, dedicated to the development of plans for conservating the Vardzia cave monastery complex in the Samche-Javaheti ...

UNESCO Inscribes Meskel Festival on Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

7/12/13 UNESCO has inscribed Meskel commemoration feast of the finding of the True Holy Cross of Christ on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. UNESCO selected the Meskel festival from among the 31 heritages presented to its 8th Conference of intangible cultural heritages. According to UNESCO, the inscription of Meskel festival on the ...

UNESCO fears of cultural heritage in Syria

4/9/13 World cultural heritage sited endangered, among which, the old part of Damascus, antique “Cities of death” on the north, a Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, the old part of Bozrah, as well as the ancient Aleppo. The World organization for culture UNESCO is concerned about the cultural heritage in Syria. Director General Irina Bokova said on ...

Putin to Visit Mount Athos

Christina Flora - 27/6/13 Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is going to visit the Aegean on the yacht of an entrepreneur friend. Although it is difficult to tell Putin’s plans for sure, it seems that after Mount Athos, which he visits every year, the Russian president wants to see the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian located in ...

Russia to help Kosovo restore Orthodox shrines

11/2/13 Russia is planning to allocate money on restoration of Orthodox Christian historic monuments in Kosovo. This was announced by a member of the Russian parliament’s lower house’s Committee for Foreign Affairs Alexander Karelin. Earlier, Russia has already allocated $ 2 mln for this purpose through UNESCO. In January 2013, more than 150 Serbian graves were vandalized in Kosovo. ...

RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO RESTORE ORTHODOX HOLY SITES IN KOSOVO

7/12/12 In 2010-2011, the Russian government has voluntarily contributed 2 million US dollars to the UNESCO to finance the restoration of Orthodox holy sites in Kosovo, Republic of Serbia. The decision was taken in compliance with the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 on Kosovo and within the UNESCO international action on humanitarian aid to the Republic of ...

Feast-day of Saint Arsenije Sremac at Pec Patriarchate

13/11/2012- Serbian Orthodox Church Patron Saint-day of the Patriarchate of Pec celebrated. A large number of worshippers from all Serbian lands gather at the centuries-long see of the Serbian archbishops and patriarchs. UNESCO restores frescoes thanks to the donation of the Russian Federation With the blessing of His Holiness Kyr Irinej, Serbian Patriarch the Patron Saint-day(slava) of Saint ...

Kosovo’s Orthodox shrines begin to be restored with funds provided by Russia

8/8/2012 The funds allocated by Russia for the UNESCO-supported project for the restoration of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s shrines in Kosovo and Metohija were reported on August 1, 2012, to have reached the contractors. At present, a Serbian and two Italian companies, winners of the contest, have already started the work planned to be completed in ...

UNESCO places Bethlehem’s Nativity Church on World Heritage endangered site list

29/6/2012 UN culture body upholds the motion 13-6 after admitting Palestine as a full member last October; Israel views move as Palestinian political stunt. PARIS (AP) — UNESCO’s World Heritage committee on Thursday approved a Palestinian bid to place the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on its list of sites of World Heritage in Danger ...

Palestinians push Nativity church as Heritage site

Associated Press 23/6/2012 (AP) The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is becoming the church of contention, with a bid by the Palestinians to use their position as the newest members of the U.N.'s cultural arm to obtain World Heritage status for the iconic Christian site and perhaps boost their own campaign for legitimacy. The effort by the ...

Works in monasteries in Kosmet begin on April 23

Radio Serbia 19/4/2012 Works on the conservation and restoration of frescoes in Orthodox Serb monasteries in Kosmet begin on April 23 and Belgrade company Koto, chosen by UNESCO at a tender, will be in charge. Works on the conservation and restoration of frescoes in Orthodox Serb monasteries in Kosmet begin on April 23 and Belgrade company Koto, chosen ...

Paris Mayor Calls Design for Orthodox Church ‘Mediocre’

2/3/2012 PARIS — Paris Mayor Bernard DelanoС described a Russian Orthodox church to be built along the Seine River as "hodgepodge architecture," not worthy to be near the Eiffel Tower. DelanoС said the project, a gleaming white church with five golden domes topped by a glass roof linking it to a spiritual and cultural center, is "mediocre ...

Building mosques to restore churches

13/2/2012 Georgian church On February 9, the Georgian Patriarchate released a statement condemning a recent agreement between the Georgian and Turkish governments, on the restoration of religious sites on one another's sovereign territory. The Georgian government has consented to build a new mosque in Batumi, in exchange for restoration work to be conducted on the Oshki ...

Restoration threatens Georgian Medieval Masterpiece

A 2011 picture shows the 11th century Bagrati cathedral clad in scaffolding in Georgia's second largest city of Kutaisi. Bagrati cathedral, a world-renowned but crumbling masterpiece of medieval Georgian architecture, is suffering not only from centuries of wear and tear but also from the impact of human meddling.

3/1/2012 AFP - Bagrati cathedral, a world-renowned but crumbling masterpiece of mediaeval Georgian architecture, is suffering not only from wear and tear but also from the impact of human meddling. Keen to please the influential Orthodox Church, the government in the deeply religious former Soviet republic has defied world heritage body UNESCO by starting to rebuild the ...