Bombing Byzantium

member of the Byzantium list wrote:

> In Dumbarton Oaks papers, 51, 1997, Clive Foss writes about Antioch,
> and in particular the transition between the Byzantine city and the Arab
> city.
> "Syria in Transition, A.D. 550-750 : An Archaeological Approach",
> pp.189-269.
> B. Caseau
Aleksandar Milanovic, a student from Belgrade, replied:

Dear collagues,

My English is not yet very well and I'm in hurry, but I hope that you'll
understand me.

Unfortunately I can not join to you in this very interesting dispute,
because my country is under NATO bombs. For this murderous 9 days NATO
airplanes and projectils did not attack olny military objects as you
inform CNN and others pro-goverments media. I'm siting here and I can
wach satelite TV stations, serbian offical TV, many local independent TV
and radio stations and I have many telephone calls from many towns of
Serbia and Montenegro. NATO missiles in severel attacks seriously
demaged pronaos (nartex) of Gracanica manastery (on Kosovo, near
Pristina) and Rakovica monastery (near Belgrade). Also, NATO airplanes
attacked yesterday Pecka patri[j]arsi[j]a monastery (on Metohi[j]a, near
city Pec). It is very important to say that around this medieval
historical monuments there are NOT any military forces and objects. In
1981. Pecka patrijarsija was inflamed by albanian terorists (NOT by
albanian people which also visit often this holy place, because they
belive that it is salutary). In this vandal event and serbian
patri[j]arh (archibishop) Pavle was seriously hurted. I belive that NATO
attack and current tragedy of serbian, albanian, turkish and gipsy
people on Kosovo and Metohija and in all Yugoslavia will be very soon
I'm sending you some datas and picture of Gracanica monastery and some
URL links:

Gracanica Monastery was built by St. King Milutin in 1310 and is
dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos. It is situated in the
village of Gracanica, 5 km. from Pristina, the administrative centre of
Kosovo and Metohija region. The period of 14th and 15th centuries was
the time of greatest spiritual glory of the monastery, which
was inhabited by hundreds of monks who had developed very intensive
spiritual and artistic activities. In the second quarter of the 16th
century it was the seat of the local Novo Brdo Metropolitan who brought
the first printing press to the monastery. Later, due to great pressure
from the Turkish occupators, the monastery was deserted and the church
served as a parish church. After the Second World War it was renewed by
nuns and has been serving as a convent since. Today there are 16 sisters
in the monastery who are active in icon painting, agriculture, sewing
and other monastic obediences. The monastery is an important meeting
place of Christian students of Pristina University who regularly take
part in the services and organize various missionary activities.

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*  ~ Aleksandar Milanovic  ~   FOR  after  that  in  the  wisdom  of  *
*  ~ student of History    ~   God the world by wisdom knew not God,  *
*  ~ Faculty of Philosophy ~   it  pleased  God  by  foolishness  of  *
*  ~ Belgrade, Serbia      ~   preaching to save them that belive...  *
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