Gracanica

Gracanica

King Milutin managed to increase Serbian territories and move government institutions towards Kosovo and Metohia Province where he built his endowment, Gracanica Monastery. From King Milutin onwards, Serbian churches that at least from outside used to resemble western catholic churches, are now looking more and more like Byzantine ones. Gracanica is therefore considered medieval masterpiece as it sets esthetic criteria for Serbo-Byzantine style that was to follow.

Unknown architect built the church in alternating stone and brick rows, while elements of western gothic architecture can be noticed on broken arches just below dome as well as elongated domes trying to raise Gracanica towards sky. Greek painters Michael and Eftihius painted the church interior in mysterious Byzantine style, making it worthy of UNESCO World Heritage List. Since 2006, Gracanica is classified as World Heritage Site in Danger, having in mind political situation in Kosovo and Metohia Province.