Why are Albanians attempting to applicable Serbian church buildings, and destroying them years in the past?
Gracanica, Patriarchate of Peja, Visoki Decani, Banjska, Holy Archangels. The endowments are of Tsar Dušan, King Milutin, Stefan Dečanski. All are from the Middle Ages, the Serbian state and the Serbian Orthodox Church. They are on the list under the protection of UNESCO, and some of those mentioned are also in the group “at risk”. Whose risk comes from. The majority of the population in Kosovo and Metohija are Albanians.
In addition to the facts, material evidence, Serbian historians in the process of proving the history of the people and the church start from the name of the area where the mentioned monasteries were built. They emphasize the name Metohija.
“Metoh is a church property. Entire villages belonged to the Hilandar monastery, and later it happens with the monasteries of Banjska, Gracanica, so I see no reason for anyone to ask whose endowments they are. The endowments are Serbian.”, points out Dragana Janjić, scientific advisor of the Institute for Serbian Culture of Kosovo and Metohija.
These scientific facts in Pristina are rejected and claimed to be theirs, the endowments of the Albanians. Serbian scientists, on the other hand, ask: “Why they burned churches. Why they would burn their cultural heritage.”Dragana Janjic asks.
One thousand five hundred Serbian Orthodox churches and chapels are in Kosovo and Metohija. In the last 20 years, at least 150 Orthodox churches and temples have been destroyed, set on fire or damaged.
The Diocese of Raska and Prizren regularly sends photographs to the world showing the attitude of the post-war Kosovo authorities towards Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and Metohija. An example of this is the church in Samodreža. She is devastated. It was left without a roof and traces of violence are still visible inside.
Both in the Serbian Orthodox Church and in the professional historical public, they emphasize the importance of the cultural heritage of a nation.
“In this case, Albanians believe that by appropriating our endowments, ie Serbian churches and monasteries, giving them the name that they are their endowments, they would actually get that cultural, ie spiritual identity. Spiritual identity is very important for a nation. Serbian the church and the Serbian people have it. I don’t know about the Albanians. I don’t think they have it. “, states Dragana Janjić.
History scholars suggest that representatives of the Serbian government, the Orthodox Church, and intellectuals join forces, because attempts to challenge the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija are not new, and that there will be more, and they do not come only from Pristina.
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