Serbian Monasteries in Kosovo among five most holy sites in the Mediterranean
The Serbian monasteries in Kosovo were listed among the five most important sacred places in the Mediterranean. The monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija are pronounced as the places of worship of the utmost importance along with Jerusalem, Mount Athos, Mecca and the Vatican.
The decision on importance of the Serbian monasteries in Kosovo was rendered at an EU meeting in Brussels attended by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Barroso underlined the need for special protection of the Serbian holy places in Kosovo, adding the monasteries should be a source of inter-cultural dialogue, rather than conflict.
“I insisted on the difference between legal protection of sites which have a friendly environment such as Mt. Athos, Vatican and Mecca, unlike those which are in potential danger, such as Jerusalem and Kosovo”, said professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade Sima Avramovic, who took part in the Brussels meeting.
Avramovic stated that it is a major success that the Serbian holies in Kosovo will have the same treatment as Jerusalem, and thus gain an additional guarantee for the preservation of the Serbian identity in the area.