DESTRUCTION OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCHES
AND MONASTERIES IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
(June 13 - October 1, 1999)
All these barbaric acts by the Albanian
terrorists have occurred in the presence of the UN and the International Peace
Forces (KFOR), not in time of war but of peace.
The Serbian Orthodox Church and its historical and religious heritage are being exposed to systematic destruction and extermination in the very presence of the most powerful armed forces of the world and in the very heart of Europe. The Kosovo Albanian gangs of looters, arsonists and miners are mercilessly destroying the monuments which are of worldwide renown and which have survived centuries of turbulent history. With such a systematic campaign against Christian civilization and world culture, Kosovo Albanian terrorists prove that their goal remains an ethnically cleansed Kosovo without Serbs and their Christian monuments.
The Holy Trinity
Monastery near Musutiste (near Suva Reka 14th
century) looted, burned and soon after completely demolished by
explosives in July 1999.
Trinity Monastery Before Destruction
Scenes of the Demolished Monastery near Suva Reka,
beginning July 1999
(German KFOR Sector)
of St. Cosma and Damian in Zociste near Orahovac was built in 1327. The old
residental buildings have recently been renovated. The monastery was
looted in June 1999 when the monks had to leave this shrine. The living
quarters were set on fire and the church was vandalized. The church was
mined and completely destroyed by the local Albanians on September
Monastery Before Destruction
The Dormition of Mother of God
Church in Musutiste, (Suva Reka) built in 1315,
was burned and later completely demolished by explosives in July
Church of the Holy Virgin in Musutiste Before Destruction
of the Medieval Serb-Byzantine Art in Kosovo and
Scenes of the Church Demolished by Albanian Extremists
(Beginning of July 1999) (German KFOR Sector)
St. Mark's Monastery in Korisa (near Prizren), 1467, vandalized and completely demolished by
explosives. (The site is still inaccessible.) (July
Monastery Church of St Mark Before Destruction
Apostles St.Peter and St. Paul Parish
Church in Suva Reka, built in 1938, was vandalized and later
completely demolished by explosives in July 1999.
The Church in Suva Reka Before
The Holy Trinity Cathedral in
Djakovica, 1998, was vandalized and set on fire.
Precious mosaics were smashed into pieces. The Cathedral was completely
destroyed by explosives on July 24, 1999.
The Cathedral was built on the site of
the previous Orthodox Cathedral destroyed by Albanian-led Communist
authorities after WWII.
the destruction of the Cathedral, the Albanian population of Djakovica
organized a celebration which lasted all night.
The Holy Trinity church in
Petric, built in 1993, was vandalized and later
severely damaged by explosives at the end of June 1999. By the end of August
1999, the church was totally destroyed.
St. Nicolas Church in Slovinje (near Lipljan),
built in 16th century, was set on fire and
later completely demolished by explosives in July 1999.
The Holy Trinity Church in Ratis (near Decani),
built in 1922, was destroyed in 1941 and
reconstructed in 1992. In the summer 1997, the church was set on fire by
Albanian extremists and was reconstructed again. In June 1999, the
church was finally mined and completely destroyed.
This is interior of the church
St. Archangel Gabriel's Monastery in
Binac (near Vitina), built in 14th century,
was set on fire and almost completely demolished in June 1999.
The Presentation of the Virgin church in
Dolac (near Klina), built in 1620,
was vandalized and set on fire. The altar table was smashed into pieces in
July 1999. At the end of August 1999, the church was completely
The Presentation of the Virgin Parish Church
in Bijelo Polje (near Pec), built in 16th
century (reconstructed in 19th century), was looted and set on fire at the end
of June 1999.
St. John the Baptist Church in
Samodreza (near Vucitrn), reconstructed in
1932, was vandalized and set on fire at the end of June 1999.
The famous Devic Monastery of St.
Joanikije, f. c.1440,
was looted and vandalized.
The marble tomb of the saint
was desecrated in June
St. Elijah's Parish Church in Vucitrn, built in 1834,was
vandalized and looted in June
St. Eliah's Church (near Djakovica), reconstructed in 1994,
was vandalized and damaged by an
explosion at the end of June 1999.
The Holy Trinity church in Velika Reka
built in 1998,
was vandalized and set on fire in June 1999.
Holy Virgin's Parish Church in Djurakovac (near Pec),
built in 1997, was vandalized in July
The Orthodox Cemetery Chapel and the Cemetery in
were vandalized and desecrated in the
beginning of July 1999.
St. Uros Parish Church in Urosevac, built in 1933,
was vandalized and set on fire at the end of June
The parish church in Zegra, near Gnjilane, 1931, was vandalized and
set on fire by the
St. Elias Church in Smac, 1996, near Prizren, was damaged
by explosives and vandalized in
| St. Parasceva Church, (near Vitina) 15th century, was set on fire and heavily damaged by
The parish church in Grmovo, near Vitina, was first set on fire and then completely
destroyed by explosives.
The parish church in Kijevo, near Klina, 14th century,
was completely destroyed by
St Elijah Church in Podujevo, built in 1930, was demolished in 1941 and restored in
July 1999, the church was vandalized by Albanian
The church of St. Nicholas
Rajkov, erected in 14th century, was reconstructed
This school chapel was mined on September 3, 1999, and was severly
| The parish church in
Novake, near Prizren, was vandalized
Barbarians in Action
The monument of Serb writer Vuk Karadzic in Pristina
down and dumped in the trash during the Albanian rally on July
During the rally, the monuments of Vuk Karadzic and Njegos were
by tractors through the streets of Pristina. The rally was
headed by the UCK leader
Hashim Thaci who later denied any
responsibility for the vandalism.
THE PERSECUTION OF
BY THE ALBANIAN EXTREMISTS IN THE PAST
HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF
Serbian Orthodox Monuments and Graveyards - 1987
Destruction of Christian Orthodox churches, desecration of
murders of the clergy were methods used by
Albanian Muslim extremists
to blot out all traces of the Serbian
presence in Kosovo.
of Main Orthodox
Shrines in Kosovo and Metohija
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