“Kosovo is a great judjment” – bishop P.P.Njegosh
As a response to the tragic events in Kosovo in March 2004 , the Serbian Orthodox
Church High School for Fine Art and Conservation in Belgrade has,
for more than ten years, organised exhibitions of student work based on the
frescoes and icons from Kosovo and Metohija.
As members of Christ”s church, we at the High School felt duty bound not to forget
these events, but to bear witness to Justice and Truth, as far as we are able…. so that
Christ does not forget us…To understand this response , one needs to understand the
signi cance of Kosovo.
Kosovo is the cradle of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian Culture and
is deeply rooted in the psyche of the Serbian Orthodox Christians. It was home
to the rst Serbian Patriarchy in Pec monastery in 1346. and was the home of
hundreds of monasteries and churches. In June 1389. , Prince Lazar, later Saint
Lazar , fought the vast Ottoman army on Kosovo eld. He was captured and martyred,
having refused to give up his Christian faith. Serbian Orthodox Christians
have celebrated this event through centuries of their o- en troubled history, the day
when the choice was made for Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven. It is this event
which gives Kosovo its spiritual as well as historic signi cance. In March 2004. the
Serbian people in Kosovo experienced sufering, persecution and expulsion from
their homes and the destruction of their churches, monasteries and cultural heritage
during the ethnic Albanian, KLA sponsored, riots. Whilst UN peacekeepers
and NATO troops struggled to contain the violence, dozens of churches and monasteries
were destroyed, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Not just
Serbian heritage, but Christian heritage. But Europe just looked on.