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Our Lady of Ljevis, Prizren

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Our Lady of Ljeviš (Serbian: Богородица Љевишка, romanized: Bogorodica Ljeviška; Albanian: Kisha e Shën Premtës) is a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church in the town of Prizren, in southern Kosovo. Since 2006, the church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site named Medieval Monuments in Kosovo.

In the beginning of the 14th century it was built during the reign of Stefan Milutin, King of Serbia, on the site of a former Byzantine church. The rebuilt church featured frescoes by Byzantine Greek painters, Michael and Eutychios Astrapas. After the Ottomans completed its annexation of the region in the 15th century, a minaret was erected and the complex was converted into a mosque. In 1912, when the Serbian army annexed Kosovo, the status of the church was restored. After World War II, under SFR Yugoslavia, it saw extensive restoration and reconstruction and functioned as a museum. The site was heavily damaged during the 2004 unrest in Kosovo and has been going through several phases of restoration since then.

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  • Due to the security reasons, the Bogorodica Ljeviška Monastery (Our Lady of Ljeviš) is locked and closed. If you would like to visit it personally or in a group, you need to announce your visit in...  more »
  • After visiting the Archaeological Museum, I walked to attraction. It is a huge church from what I could see from outside. It is closed to the visitors and is undergoing renovation per the posted...  more »
  • A MUST see place in Prizren!!! A church that is older than the Notre Dame!!! Great Serbian monument of ancient history. Great paintings depicting Christian faith. Magnificent church with many stories to tell. One most obvious is, that it is (unfortunately) suffering to date. Stop by to inquire more, ask questions or get a tour by friendly fr. George.
  • From the outside this looks like an unusual church. It was a little bit difficult to find, but when we did it was closed up with barbed wire as it is undergoing refurbishment.
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