UNESCO Regrets the Conversion of Hagia Sophia

UNESCO - 11/7/2020 Statement on Hagia Sophia by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Hagia Sophia: UNESCO deeply regrets the decision of the Turkish authorities, made without prior discussion, and calls for the universal value of World Heritage to be preserved Paris, Friday 10 July – The Director-General of UNESCO deeply regrets the decision of the ...

Serbian Patriarch to His Spirtual Children: Save Serbian and World Heritage

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Church of Serbia - 4/11/15 Visit Save World heritage website here: BY THE GRACE OF GOD, ARCHBISHOP OF PEC, METROPOLITAN OF BELGRADE-KARLOVCI AND SERBIAN PATRIARCH IRINEJ Dear spiritual children, Our brothers and sisters in Kosovo and Metohija and the holy shrines of the Serbian Orthodox Church are in great danger, because the proponents of the so-called state of Kosovo want ...

Foolhardy churches that inspire

BY REHANA ROSSOUW - 20/11/13 WE TRIED not to stare at the Ethiopian embassy official who processed our visa applications, but it was impossible not to ask questions about her face. Her forehead, cheeks and neck were garlanded in tattooed blue crosses. At a monastery on Lake Tana, a female monk displayed the same markings. She ...

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 ...

All Armenian Catholicos receives World Heritage Cities delegation

8/10/2012 ETCHMIADZIN. – The All Armenian Catholisoc Karekin II received the board members of the World Heritage Cities organization accompanied by the Etchmiadzin city Mayor Karen Grigoryan. The president of the organization and mayor of the Bimster City (Netherlands) Harry Brinkman presented the Catholicos works implemented by the organization during the meeting. Karekin II stressed the importance of ...

Armenian Catholicos receives Syrian-Armenian delegation

8/10/2012 ETCHMIADZIN. – The Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II on Sunday received members from the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Syria Chapter and trustees of the Cilician Armenian High School of Aleppo, who were accompanied by Chairman of the Executive Body of the Armenian Orthodox Church Diocese of Damascus, and AGBU Central Board of Directors ...

Controversial cathedral reopens door in Georgia after its ‘restoration’

AFP/Kutaisi 21/9/2012 Georgia yesterday reopened a world-renowned medieval cathedral in the ex-Soviet state’s second city Kutaisi which has been restored despite concerns raised by global cultural agency Unesco. The consecration ceremony was attended by Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II and President Mikhail Saakashvili as well as representatives of opposition parties which are challenging the ruling United ...

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 ...

Artist Builds a Six Million-Matchstick Model Monastery

19/1/2012 Michelangelo spent only three years carving David. Da Vinci's depiction of The Last Supper required just three. This giant model of the Rila Monastery by Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov demanded 16 years of dedication. Officially known as the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, it is Bulgaria's largest Eastern Orthodox monastery and the second-largest temple in ...

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 ...

The letter of UNESCO Director-General to Serbian Patriarch

24/11/2011 Your Beatitude I wish to refer to your letter of 15 September 2011, concerning the World Heritage site of the Medieval Monuments in Kosovo. As you know, UNESCO's mission is to contribute to sustainable development, mutual understanding and peace through education, the sciences, culture and communication and information. Moreover, the Organization is convinced of the ...

UNESCO Fueling Cultural Conflict Over Hebron Holy Site

Israel's Minister of Information and Diaspora, Yuli Edelstein in front of the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron last Monday. Photo: Anav Silverman

Anav Silverman International Correspondent in Jerusalem 22/11/2011 It is a clear blue and busy day in the holy city of Hebron. A small crowd of press gathers around Israeli Minister Yuli Edelstein outside the Tomb of Patriarchs. A Bar Mitzvah celebration is taking place and a procession of musicians lead the Israeli family whose son is celebrating his ...

“Churches in Kosovo are, and will remain Serbian”

Vuk Jeremić (FoNet, file)

TANJUG 8/11/2011 BELGRADE -- Vuk Jeremić stated on Tuesday that on Serbia's election to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will strengthen its positions regarding the nation's heritage. The Serbian foreign minister stressed that it will help in efforts to prevent the attempts of renaming Serbian Orthodox Christian monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija, and refer to them as "Kosovar". “If ...