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SERBIAN MEDIEVAL CULTURAL HERITAGE

EXHIBITION
The exhibition aims to present the formation of the Serbian Medieval Kingdom under the rule of Nemanjic’s Dynasty from early 12th c. until mid- 15th c. After the 15th c. Serbia came under the Ottoman’s rule and that brought Medieval Serbian Kingdom to an end. During the Nemanjic’s time Serbia was prosperous, even one of the richest countries in the region, and that was reflected through an original, extraordinary development of culture, art (frescos, icons) and especially architecture, when many monasteries were built by the kings and queens as their life endowments, also new skills developed at the monasteries: writing and illuminating manuscripts. The most important field of industry was mining (silver and gold mine at Novo Brdo near Gnjilane-Kosovo) which was the main source of wealth.

Serbia was on the cross roads between East and West and a passageway for the mighty Crusaders and medieval travelers. One of the main political tasks of the rulers was to balance the great powers emerging after the split of the former Roman Empire and that was achieved through convenient marriages, rich gifts and military help to the relevant sides.

The exhibition focuses on the Serbian cultural heritage and the state’s important international relations, also featuring historic and traditional inheritance, remembering particular events, personalities and Christian values.

The Royal Geographical Society is the most attractive venue for this event and a great support to our story of Serbia. The exhibition material and logistic are provided by Pro Art & Co (venue and production), Serbian Tourist Organization (contributing with some photographs/visual material), the Serbian Orthodox Church Sv Sava in London providing copies of the manuscripts. The curators are Vesna Petkovic and Sava Peic