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Our Lady of Ljeviš

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Location  Prizren, Kosovo
Founded  1306–1307
Functional status  Active
Status  Church
Function  Place of worship
Denomination  Serbian Orthodox
Dedication  Theotokos
Address  Sahat Kulla, Prizren
Founder  Stefan Milutin
Extension  2006
Our Lady of Ljeviš
Heritage designation  Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance  Serbia
Diocese  Eparchy of Raška and Prizren
Similar  Patriarchate of Peć, Gračanica Monastery, Visoki Dečani, Sinan Pasha Mosque, Prizren Fortress

Our Lady of Ljeviš (Serbian: Богородица Љевишка/Bogorodica Ljeviška, Albanian: Kisha e Shën Premtës) is a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church in the town of Prizren, located in southern Kosovo. It was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire and then back into a church in the early 20th century.

History

The construction of the church was commissioned in 1306–9 by Serbian King Stefan Milutin. It was built on the site of the ruins of an earlier Byzantine church, whose original name Metera Eleousa was preserved in Slavic as Bogorodica Ljeviška.

In 1990 Serbia designated it a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance, and on 13 July 2006, it was placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List as an extension of the Visoki Dečani site (named Medieval Monuments in Kosovo), which, as a whole, was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Church was guarded by KFOR after June 1999. However, it was heavily damaged by arson during the 2004 unrest in Kosovo. Around 35 Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries have been destroyed or damaged, usually by arson, including medieval holy sites.

A group of experts sponsored by Serbia has visited the church on several occasions to assess the damage, but no concrete steps have been taken. The church is subject to constant looting -- even construction material, specifically lead, have repeatedly been stolen from the roof.

References

Our Lady of Ljeviš Wikipedia


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