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pec-st-apostles.jpgWASHINGTON DC - BELGRADE - June 2008 - The BLAGO fund made available for public viewing the archives of the Church of the Holy Apostles from the Patriarchate of Pec monastery complex. The archive was created during BLAGO's summer 2007 field trip. The Church of the Holy Apostles was built by the Serbian Archbishop Arsenije in the 13th century and illuminated around 1250; shortly thereafter, the seat of the Serbian Church was also transferred to Pec.

The archive can be seen at http://www.srpskoblago.org/Archives/Pec/.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - BELGRADE - May 6, 2008 - The BLAGO Fund released the archive from the church of St. Demetrios in the Patriarchate of Pec. The collection of 958 detailed fresco photographs, along with four virtual reality movies, is available on our web site as part of the Treasure collection. The Church of St Demetrios was built around 1320 by Archbishop Nikodim and was archived by the BLAGO team in the summer of 2007.

The archive can be found at http://www.srpskoblago.org/Archives/Pec/ .

WASHINGTON, D.C. - BELGRADE - January 8, 2008 - The BLAGO Fund increased the accessibility of Serbian historical and artistic treasures today with the release of a new collection of photographs and media. As the first release from the BLAGO field expedition of July 2007 to the Patriarchate of Pec monastery complex, the full media from the church of St. Nicholas is available today on the BLAGO Fund web site. The collection consists of 253 detailed fresco photographs, as well as two virtual reality movies.

 The small Church of St Nicholas was founded by Archbishop Danilo II around year 1320. The original frescoes have not survived. The second painting of the church, commissioned by patriarch Makarije in 1673, is represented in the BLAGO archive. The frescoes were created by Radul, the most famous Serbian painter of the late 17th century. The founders' composition on the south wall showing St Nicholas taking Patriarch Makarije to Jesus Christ. Notable portraits of the Serbian saints Simon Nemanja and Sava, as well as archbishops Arsenije I and Danilo I are present on the north wall. These frescoes, as well as others, can be accessed for study in great detail through the BLAGO Fund web site.

The archive can be found at http://www.srpskoblago.org/Archives/Pec/ .

Washington - The Director of Programs for the Serbian Unity Congress Ivana Cerovic visited Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection and met with Mrs. Smiljka Soretic, Curator for Image Collections and Fieldworks Archives.

The Blago Fund Team of the Serbian Unity Congress donated three DVDs on Serbian monasteries that were created by its field team during their years of extensive work in Kosovo and Metohija.

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