(Večernje novosti - Вечерње новости - Evening News)
The Novosti brings truth and nothing but the truth to the Serbian people - since 1953.
SACRED RELICS OF SERBIA
A nation's spirit lives on not only through its people, but also through objects and places, forged in the fires of time itself. Often, those hostile to the survival of the Serbian nation has sought to destroy them, such as through the tragic Burning of Saint Sava's relics by the Turk in 1594 AD. Join Večernje Novosti in this exposé on just a few sacred relics of Serbia, which all citizens are encouraged to go see for themselves. Keep in mind the importance of teaching our rich cultural heritage to your children. For more detailed information, and to find the many hundreds more vital artifacts there are out there, please consult your local museum, or visit the Ministry of Culture's online guide to the Cultural Monuments of Exceptional Importance you can visit across the country.
Medieval Serbia, especially during its time as the Serbian Empire, gave rise to many of our finest works of art, our greatest deeds in battle, and our greatest Christian martyrs. While scattered across Europe, many can still be viewed here in our homeland.
The Nemanjić Dynasty, Emperors of the Serbs and the Greeks, left behind several crowns. Only one is kept in Serbia.
This is that of King Stefan Uroš III Nemanjić. Negotiations are ongoing with Austria for the return of the other royal relics.
Photo courtesy of the Cetinje Monastery.
Dušan's Code (1349) is only one of many priceless medieval Serbian documents - this one was a constitution of the Serbian Empire.
It survives in several different versions, such as the one pictured - the Prizren Manuscript, made in the 15th century.
Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Serbia.
Saint Angelina is one of many, many Serbian saints of the Christian faith - each should be remembered. Her relics have been saved.
Work is ongoing to also retrieve the relics of her brother-in-law, the Serbian hero "Skanderbeg" (Đurađ Kastriot), held in London and Vienna.
Photo courtesy of the Krušedol Monestary.
Although two centuries have passed, many relics of the Serbian Revolution - the most crucial part of our nation's modern history, from the First Serbian Uprising of 1804 on to the independence of the Principality of Serbia - have survived, kept by the descendants of those early heroes and in museums alike. Today, having survived the long 20th century and its terrors, these items once again serve as vital tools of the education system.
This tricolor is only one of many different banners used by the heroes of the First Uprising, 1804-1813.
Others were made by patriotic painters such as Stefan Gavrilović, Ilija Gavrilović and Nikola Apostolović.
Photo courtesy of the Valjevo National Museum.
This cannon, one of few to survive the Turk's ravages, is a relic of the Battle of Čegar (31 May 1809).
Although an Ottoman victory, it is notable for the martyrdom of Stevan Sinđelić, who blew up his trench and killed thousands of Turks.
Photo courtesy of the Aleksinac Museum.
THE MODERN SERBIAN SPIRIT
Were we to take into account the thousands and yet thousands of modern martyrs and heroes, those who stood up against the threats faced by Mother Serbia in the 20th and early 21st century, we would have to keep writing for years on end. Let's simply end by listing just one of many thousands of sacred relics of Serbia from the early 20th century, one showing our contributions to science and culture, not just to the defence of our homeland.
This golden sphere is an urn, containing the ashes of the Serbian hero Nikola Tesla (Никола Тесла), 1856-1943.
Tesla was not only a brilliant inventor but also an early patriot. As a teenager at an Austrian school, he founded a Serb cultural club.
Photo courtesy of the Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade (est. 1953).
The bloody uniform of Archduke Ferdinand is preserved for historical purposes, as is the gun, the bullet, the car, and the sofa.
"Princip was a hero, a symbol of liberation ideas, tyrant-murderer, idea-holder of liberation from slavery, which spanned through Europe." - Milorad Dodik
Photo courtesy of the Vienna Museum of Military History.
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