Fresco paintings of Visoki Decani Monastery - jewels of the 14th century art

Visoki Decani Monastery, the first cultural monument on the territory of Kosovo Province, to be inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage has long been known as one of the architecturally most interesting and best preserved Serbian medieval churches in which traditions of Romanesque architecture meet artistic patterns of the Byzantine world. However, Decani Monastery paintings were often regarded as of lesser artistic value to frescoes in some other Serbian Monasteries in Raska and Kosovo regions. The most recent photographing of the entire fresco-painting of Decani Monastery has revealed a beauty of fresco painting which has so far largerly remained unnoticed in academic and iconographic circles. In this edition of the ERP KIM Info-service Newsletter we are presenting only some of the most beautiful fresco compositions which decorate walls of the Decani Monastery church. The Monastery and the NGO MNEMOSYNE from Belgrade are working currently on publishing of a large and richly illustrated Monography of the Decani Monastery which will present the artistic values of this holy shrine to the wider public.

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Decani Pantokrator
The fresco of Pantokrator - Decani Monastery, 14th century

the Narthex

The Narthex

Narthex ceiling
Narthex ceiling

Emperor Dusan's family
The family of Emperor Dusan (queen Helen and young prince Uros)

Emperor Dusan and his family
Emperor Dusan and his family

Archangel Gabriel
Archangel Gabriel, 1st half of the 14th century - Decani monastery

Dormition of the Theotokos
Dormition of the Theotokos

Holy Hierarchs
Holy Hierarchs


View of the Christ Pantocrator in the dome of the church

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