TEMPLE OF SAINT NICHOLAS NEAR NOVI BRDA AND IN THE RUINS OF BLIST! At 1,00zero meters above sea stage, he’s a witness to the ability of the Serbian medieval state!
In recent years, it has been a temple that stings the eyes of all those who would like to write history at their own discretion, appropriating someone else’s spiritual and cultural heritage for daily political needs.
Where heaven and earth meet, you can see the magnificent pillars and foundations of the former cathedral, or more precisely the cathedral or seat, of the Novo Brdo metropolitans.
The word cathedral, in this case, does not mean the Catholic Church, as those who performed the works wrote next to the restored foundations. In recent years, they have been trying to portray this church differently, ignoring the fact that it is Serbian and belongs to the Serbian Orthodox Church. Last year, a Catholic Mass was even served here.
As with the medieval fortress on Novo Brdo, which is in the immediate vicinity, one gets the impression that local Albanians are not very interested, except that it serves their political leaders to gain publicity.
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For those who ride motorcycles here or go on foot, cafes and restaurants are more attractive than churches, fortresses or a mosque, which is about a hundred meters from the Orthodox church. Its minaret is halved, and the upper part is missing.
Both buildings testify to the former power, first of the Serbian, and then of the Turkish state.
– Hi, hi… How are you? – younger Albanians greet and ask, in Serbian.
– Hello, good… Where are you from? – the answer and the question arrive, but further communication stops there, but due to ignorance of the language.
The pillars of the cathedral captivate with their beauty, as well as the foundations. The marble on them is magnificent. Its reddish-brown color absorbs the heat of the sun’s rays. To the touch, it is no longer a cold stone, but an energy that warms the heart and soul when you go miles away.
The floor of the church is sprinkled with stones from which no weeds have sprouted, but which are unrealistically beautiful here. Bokori grass, burdock, creepers and various small thorns, have their own beauty here.
In God’s house, weeds are also beautiful
Unreal, but that’s the impression. On the left, female side of the temple, someone forgot cans of beer and juice. Everything that was built in the temple, and resisted time, was made of solid stone, for centuries.
This was probably kept in mind by the Serbian rulers when the temple was built in the middle of the 14th century and was extended during the time of the despot Stefan Lazarević, after 1455, that is, the fall of Novi Brdo under Ottoman rule.
At that time, in this area, this church was the main Orthodox place of worship. Later it was under Ottoman rule, it was turned into a mosque and then demolished in an earthquake, as it remains to this day.
In recent years, international organizations, as well as the provisional Kosovo authorities, have been restoring the foundations, without, according to available data, consulting the competent Serbian institutions for the protection of monuments and the Serbian Orthodox Church.
It was one of the most beautiful churches of its time
In the Middle Ages, Novo Brdo was a real cosmopolitan city, with about 40,000 inhabitants, four times larger than London at the time. From the Novo Brdo mines came the economic, and thus every other power of Nemanjić’s Serbia.
The spiritual and cultural life in these parts was not spared either. Churches were built, Orthodox, but also Catholic, for the needs of miners from the west who worked here.
It was the same with the church of Saint Nicholas, which was one of the most beautiful at that time, the seat of the metropolitan and the bishop.
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