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					          Reconstruction Implementation Commission
             for Orthodox Religious Sites in Kosovo




RECONSTRUCTION IMPLEMENTATION COMMISSION
  FOR ORTHODOX RELIGIOUS SITES IN KOSOVO
            ACTIVITY REPORT
                  2005




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                                                             CONTENTS


Contents .................................................................................................................................... 3

Preamble ................................................................................................................................... 6

Foreword.................................................................................................................................... 8

Activity report, interventions carried out during 2005 .............................................................. 10
      01. Church of the Holy Virgin Ljeviska, Prizren .................. Error! Bookmark not defined.
      02. Holy Archangels Monastery, Prizren........................... Error! Bookmark not defined.5
      03. Monastery of St Joanikije at Devič, Skenderaj/Srbica Error! Bookmark not defined.6
      04. Episcopal Church of st. George, Prizren ...................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
      05. Church of St Nicholas (Tutic’s Church), Prizren ......................................................... 20
      06. Church of Saint Saviour, Prizren................................................................................. 22
      07. Old Church of St George (Runovic’s Church), Prizren ............................................... 24
      08. Church of St. Elias, Vushtrri/Vucitrn............................................................................ 25
      09. Church of St. Sava, Mitrovice/Mitrovica ...................... Error! Bookmark not defined.6
      10. Church of St. Nicholas, Prishtine/Pristina ................... Error! Bookmark not defined.7
      11. Church of St. Andrew, Podujeve/Podujevo................. Error! Bookmark not defined.9
      12. Orthodox Seminary of Saints Cyrillus and Methodius, Prizren................................... 30
      13. Church of the Birth of The Holy Virgin, Softe/Softovic ................................................ 31
      14. Episcopal Residence, Prizren ..................................................................................... 33
      15. Church of St. Parasceve, Shipasnice e Poshtme/Donja Sipasnica............................ 34
      16. Church of St. Kyriake, Prizren..................................................................................... 35
      17. Church of St. Nicholas, Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje ................................................. 36
      18. Church of the holy King Uroš, Ferizaj/Urosevac......................................................... 37
      19. Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Talinoc/Talinovc..................................................... 38
      20. Serbian Town Cemetery, Ferizaj/Uorsevac ................................................................ 40
      21. St Elias Chapel, Varosh/Varos Selo ........................................................................... 41
      22. Church of St. John the Baptist, Peje/Pec.................................................................... 42
      23. Church of the Presentation of the Virgin, Bellopoje/Belo Polje.................................. 44
      24. Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Gjakove/Djakovica............ Error! Bookmark not
      defined.6
      25. Church of St Elias, Bistrazhin/Bistrazin ...................... Error! Bookmark not defined.7
      26. Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Gjakove/Djakovica .....Error! Bookmark
      not defined.8
      27. Chapel of St Lazarus, Piskot/Piskote.......................... Error! Bookmark not defined.9
      28. Atelier, Gallery, Museum Agim Cavdarbasha, Caglavice/Cagalvica .......................... 50
      29. Church of St. Parasceve, Viti/Vitina ............................................................................ 51
      30. Church of the Birth of the Holy Virgin, Obiliq/Obilic .................................................... 52
      31. Church of the Presentation of the Virgin, Lipjan/Lipljan.............................................. 53
      32. Church Sts Florus and Laurus, Lipjan/Lipljan ............................................................. 54
      33. Church of St Archangel Michael, Shtinje/Stimlje ........................................................ 55
      34. Church of St Kyriake, Bernjak/Brnjaca ....................................................................... 56
      35. Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, Istog/Istok.................................................................. 57
Programme of works ............................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.8

Credits ..................................................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.9




The numbers refer to the sites listed in the “Technical Assessment Report on the Religious
Buildings/Ensembles and Cultural Sites damaged in March 2004 in Kosovo”. Council of


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Europe documents AT04 171 rev (May 2004), AT04 245 rev (June 2004) and AT04 245 bis
(August 2004)




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                                               PREAMBLE

         During the 2004 March riots in Kosovo, 35 cultural and religious sites were damaged
or destroyed. UNMIK then invited UNESCO, the European Commission and the Council of
Europe (CoE) to assess the damage. In response, the Council of Europe (Directorate for
Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage, DGIV) set up an “Emergency Action Plan for the
Cultural Heritage in Kosovo” together with the European Commission and in very close co-
ordination with UNMIK. This Action Plan, aimed specifically at providing a solution to the
damage caused to Serbian Orthodox monuments and sites, was undertaken as an
exceptional addition to the ongoing “Regional Programme for the Cultural and Natural
Heritage in South-East Europe” implemented within the Technical Co-operation and
Consultancy Programme.

          Three technical assessment missions involving experts from the Provisional
Institutions of Self Government (PISG), the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Belgrade
Ministry of Culture were undertaken. A first preliminary report was issued in May 2004
(AT04 171 rev.) outlining an immediate protection action plan and overall restoration
perspectives. On the basis of this report the Kosovo Parliamentary Assembly agreed to
finance the immediate works recommended and allocated €3.7 million from its budget for the
reconstruction process. Moreover, the Acting SRSG allocated an additional €0.5 million from
the SRSG reserve funds.

         The two subsequent expert missions to Kosovo were carried out in June and July
2004 and detailed reports (AT04 245 and AT04 245 bis) were drawn up providing the
necessary information to allow for a call for tenders to carry out the necessary
repair/restoration work on 34 sites;

        A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 25 June 2004 establishing
an « Implementation Committee for the Reconstruction of Religious Sites » to carry out the
Council of Europe’s recommendations and any recommendations received from UNESCO,
and to supervise the reconstruction works. After an unfortunate interruption of the process
following the decision of the Serbian Orthodox Church, a revised Memorandum of
Understanding was signed between Patriach Pavle and the Minister of Culture Youth and
Sports of the PISG, Mr. Astrit Haraqija. The inaugural meeting of the newly formed
“Reconstruction Implementation Commission for Orthodox Religious Sites in Kosovo” was
held on 9 May 2005.

        In 2005 the RIC accomplished intense works ensuring consolidation and protection
measures on 31 religious sites and prevention of their continued deterioration. On some sites,
more extensive repairs were carried out such as the Church of the Birth of the Holy Virgin,
Softe/ Softovic. The 2006 Activity Programme was agreed upon by all partners on the basis
of a revised Terms of Reference signed in May 2006, initiating the implementation of a
second crucial reconstruction phase.

         This report represents the achievements reached in 2005, demonstrating the
efficiency of the RIC and its success in preserving the restoration potential of these sites.
Restoration will indeed need additional investments from the international community during
the forthcoming years, and the role of the RIC is to maintain the conditions necessary for
these investments.




                                       Robert Palmer
               Director for Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage (DGIV)
                                     Council of Europe


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                                              FOREWORD

        2005 has seen the first phase of the reconstruction process for Serbian
Orthodox religious sites completed by the Reconstruction Implementation
Commission (RIC). This report is a testament to the works accomplished. The
process and success of the works has been strongly backed and supported by the
Council of Europe, European Commission and UNMIK through its many challenges,
for which I thank them all collectively.

       The RIC has created a structure through which Kosovo’s common heritage
can be reconstructed and a structure through which the institutions can discuss and
find ways to move forward together. It is a first step but it has been a big step.

        General principles and conservation techniques have been challenged and
questioned throughout the months and it is a development upon which the
Commission can build with the help of conservation professionals both locally and
internationally.

      The Commission worked hard at finding solutions to problems and the
debates were sometimes long and heated but a solution was always found. This is
something for which the RIC members should be commended. Their spirit of
cooperation is strong and should be encouraged to grow within the institutions.

        Politics have undoubtedly played a part in the process but it has not
prevented the reconstruction programme from moving forward. The Ministry of
Culture, Youth and Sports has had a challenging transition. However, Minister Astrit
Haraqija’s continuing support for the Commission is greatly acknowledged and it is
hoped that through his support, a consolidated approach to cultural heritage
protection, education and awareness will be developed through all communities.

       The Secretariat played a fundamental role in the programme of works and it is
with particular thanks to Francisco Montañés as Head of the Secretariat, supported
very strongly by Sebahate Boshnjaku as the Procurement Officer, that the
programme was completed almost in its entirety on time. His commitment and
considerable workload should not be underestimated.

        Equally, the support of Bishop Teodosije, his confidence and trust in the
Commission has been enriching. He continues to believe in the process of
reconstruction and with the support of the Holy Synod, has approved companies of a
multi-ethnic background to work on the Serbian Orthodox religious sites.

       Based on the initial success of 2005, a process and framework is evolving,
through which the Commission can continue the more challenging task of full
reconstruction. I look forward to the challenge of 2006 and to the continuing support
and commitment of the institutions, the local communities in Kosovo and, of course,
the Commission members without whom 2005 would not have been achieved.




                                           Emma Carmichael
                                           RIC Chairwoman


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                                 ACTIVITY REPORT
                      INTERVENTIONS CARRIED OUT DURING 2005

                      Prepared by Francisco Montañés. Project Manager


      As a result of a revised and agreed Terms of Reference, the Reconstruction
Implementation Commission (RIC) began its work in June 2005. Since then, the RIC
held monthly meetings in which all the relevant decisions were made.

       A supporting work group, the “Secretariat”, was set up to implement the
decisions taken by the RIC. The secretariat which comprised mainly MCYS
seconded staff, prepared proposals to be put forward and discussed at the RIC
meetings, and was in charge of the tender process and the administration of works
contracts.

       The first steps taken by the RIC were to agree a priorities list with the Serbian
Orthodox Church (SOC), review the specifications produced in August-September
2004 by the predecessor “Implementation Committee”, and to prepare a budget
estimation for the year.

       The interventions scheduled in 2005 were mainly protective and consolidation
measures to prevent further deterioration and weather damage. Full interventions
were programmed for small-sized sites or sites with minor damages born. All the
works had to be completed before the onset of winter.

       The sites were grouped into 16 separate projects following criteria of
proximity and similarity of the required works. The interventions were tendered in two
rounds between August and October 2005, the first round comprised 12 sites
grouped into 5 projects, whereas the second round comprised 19 sites grouped into
11 projects.

       The works were carried out between October and December 2005. The RIC
appointed supervisors on site and was directly overseeing the implementation of the
works, with special regard to the quality of the interventions.

       Finally, in parallel with the reconstruction works, an expert mission to survey
the condition of wall paintings on the sites was organized by the RIC with the help of
the Council of Europe. Experts from Kosovo, Belgrade and Greece made an
assessment that will help the RIC to programme further preservation measures

       The outcome offers protection and consolidation measures to 31 out of the 34
sites and a successful prevention strategy against a further deterioration process.
These measures create the conditions for more extensive reconstruction works
during 2006-2007




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Summary of interventions:

    •    Protective fences were placed around the churches of St. Parasceve in
         Shipasnice e Poshtme/Donja Sipasnica (no.15), Presentation of the Holy
         Virgin (no.31) and St. Florus and Laurus (no.32) in Lipjan/Lipljian.
    •    Protection measures and consolidation of remains to the sites of the
         destroyed churches of St. Elias in Bistazhin/Bistazin (no.25), Assumption of
         the Holy Virgin in Gjakove/Djakovica (no. 26) and the Cemetery Chapel of St.
         Lazar in Piskote (no. 27), where a large number of graves were also repaired.
    •    Further extensive protection measures, including provisional coverings, were
         also made to the churches of St. Nicholas in Prishtine/Pristina (no.10),
         Episcopal Church of St. George in Prizren (no. 04) and St. Elias in
         Vushtrri/Vucitrn (no. 08).
    •    Minor repairs to the churches of St. Parasceve in Viti/Vitina (no. 29), Birth of
         the Holy Virgin in Obiliq/Obilic (no. 30), St. Nicholas in Fushe Kosove/Kosovo
         Polje (no. 17), Holy King Uros in Ferizaj/Urosevac (no. 18) and St. Michael in
         Shtime/Stimlje (no. 33) have been completed.
    •    Major consolidation and stabilization works have been carried out to the
         churches of the Holy Virgin Ljeviska (no. 01), St Nicholas (Tutic’s) (no. 05), St
         George (Runovic’s) (no.07), St. Saviour (no. 06) and St. Kyriake (no. 16) in
         Prizren, St. Joanikije at Devic (no. 03), Presentation of the Holy Virgin in
         Bellopolje/Belo Polje (no. 23), St. Sava in Mitrovica (no.09) and St. Andrew in
         Podujeve/Podujevo (no. 11).
    •    Church and cemetery repairs to the sites of St. Peter and Paul in
         Talinoc/Talinovac (no. 19), St. Elias in Varoshe/Varosh Selo (no. 21) and the
         Serbian Town Cemetery and Chapel in Ferizaj/Urosevac (no. 20).
    •    Extensive reconstruction works carried out to the churches of St. Peter and
         Paul in Istog/Istok (no. 35), St. John the Baptist in Peje/Pec (no.22).
    •    Full reconstruction was completed to the churches of the Birth of the Holy
         Virgin in Softe/Softovic (no. 13), and the refectory of the church of St. Kyriake
         in Brnjake/Brnjaca (no.34)
    •    The reconstruction of the Episcopal Residence (no. 14) and the Orthodox
         Seminar (no. 12) in Prizren was taken over by the European Agency for
         Reconstruction who will be financing and implementing the reconstruction
         process during 2006-2007.. Nevertheless, the Episcopal Residence was
         cleared and protected by the RIC as a part of the interventions within the site
         of the Episcopal Church of St. George.
    •    No interventions were carried out to the Monastery of the Holy Archangels in
         Prizren (no. 02) and the site of the destroyed Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in
         Gjakova/Djakovica (no. 24). Both sites were of lower priority and are still
         subject of political debate.
    •    The Atelier and Museum of Agim Cavderbasha (no. 28) was in the initial list of
         35 cultural damaged sites but is not a Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC)
         property. For that reason, the site fell out of the scope of the Memorandum of
         Understanding from which the RIC was created. The safeguard of the site
         remains under the care of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports (MCYS)




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                                                     CHURCH OF THE HOLY VIRGIN LJEVISKA

                                        01           Prizren
                                                     Prizren municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Byzantine style, five domes, cross-in-square church. Attached
                                      belfry over exonarthex. Rich decorative wall paintings.
                                      Built in the XIV century over the remains of a previous XI c.
                                      Basilica. Older remains from Paleochristian periods. Converted
                                      into a mosque in the XVIII century it was again a Church in
                                      1912.
                                      Cultural historic monument, protected by law. Recently included
                                      in UNESCO world heritage list.

Damage Assessment
The church was severely affected by fire in 2004. Damaged openings, belfry structure
endangered due to the effects of fire, especially in the area of the biforium. Interior burnt and
vandalized. Wall paintings covered in soot. Part of the fresco of the Virgin of Eleousa destroyed
by hammering.
Shortly before the start of the works, in October 2005, a large part of the lead roof cover was
stolen.

Interventions in 2005
                                    Contractor: American Invest Company (Prishtine/Pristina)/
Cost: 57707.65 €
                                    Monolistroy (Bulgaria)
•   Clearance of the interior of the exonarthex.
•   Clearance of the whole yard from debris, garbage, and vegetation
•   Production of new fence and two gates along the road with metallic profiles anchored on
    concrete foundations
•   Mounting and dismounting of the scaffolding along the main and northern façades of the
    church and inside the belfry
•   New main entrance door and two lateral doors made from oak. Replacement of burnt lintels.
•   Reparation insertion and painting of all metallic grills in the exonarthex. Replacement of two
    of them with new produced pieces to match the existing
•   Production, insertion and painting of two metallic windows in the biforium on the second level
    of the western façade matching the existing.
•   Carving and replacement of stone pillar and capital of the biforium matching the original.
•   New timber construction in the first level of the belfry covered with lead 2,5mm thick
•   Replacement of burnt beams over the arches of the belfry with new oak timber sections
•   Dismounting of the bell, replacement of burnt wooden beams, re-mounting of the bell and
    testing it functions correctly.
•   Covering of the western area of the roof between two smaller domes with lead 2,5mm thick
•   Covering with a provisional thick plastic sheet of the lateral aisle roofs and in all the areas
    from which the lead cover was stolen shortly before the intervention

Interventions programmed in 2006
• Replacement of the lead roof covering stolen in 2005
• Stabilization works to the belfry, gallery and catacomb-chapels
• Reconstruction of the narthex timber gallery
• Stonework cleaning

Further intervention required
• Long term conservation programme
• Wall paintings cleaning and restoration
• Archaeological assessment




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                                                     HOLY ARCHANGELS MONASTERY

                                        02           Prizren/Prizren
                                                     Prizren/Prizren municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Archaeological site from the XIV c. Ruins of a main church, a
                                      parecclesion and the refectory of the monastery.
                                      In the XV century, the site was abandoned and later used as a
                                      quarry to build Sinan Pasha mosque.
                                      Over the old foundations, a new monastery building and a
                                      workshop were constructed during the 1990s
                                      The archaeological site was listed and protected by law

Damage Assessment
New monastery completely burnt down in March 2004: destroyed roofs and services, badly
damaged walls ceilings and floors.
Workshop burnt down and totally destroyed
The rest of the archaeological site was undamaged.
New konak built by the Church over the site of the old workshop during 2004 - after the March
riots

Interventions in 2005
No interventions carried out


Further intervention required
Archaeological assessment


Remarks
The site was not in the priority list for 2005 agreed with the Church, since the religious community
was sheltered in the new building constructed by the Church after the riots.
The site is very controversial due to the construction of new buildings over important
archaeological remains, and is still subject to political debate.




Site photograph                                               New konak built by the Church after the riots




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                                                     MONASTERY OF ST JOANIKIJE AT DEVIČ

                                        03           Llaushë/Lauša
                                                     Skenderaj/Srbica municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Monastic complex with a Church dating from the XV c and three
                                      “konaks” and refectory. Frescoes from XV and XIX centuries.
                                      Founded in the XV c. the monastery was renewed in the XIX
                                      century, destroyed WW2 and rebuilt 1947-60).

                                      Listed monument.
Damage Assessment
In March 2004 the whole complex was set on fire the interiors gutted and the cemetery
desecrated.
The church affected by fire, the roof and iconostasis destroyed and the wall paintings covered in
soot and graffiti.
Konaks totally destroyed by fire, only main walls standing.
In 2004, after the riots, the church roof was repaired and the former refectory reconstructed and
turned into the nuns living quarters.
Interventions in 2005
Cost: 31017.20 €                      Contractor: Ukras (Zvecan)
•   Reparation and reinforcement of the eastern and southern perimeter walls, and covering the
    top with tiles.
•   Construction and insertion of two winged door in the southern wall
•   Removal of the damaged doors and windows of the church and storage of the damaged
    pieces within the site
•   Production and insertion of the western and southern entrance doors to the church, made
    from oak.
•   Construction and insertion and lacquering of oak windows in the church
•   Construction and insertion of semi-circular frames and doors to the northern annex
•   Reparation of the altar table of the church.
•   Removal of the dilapidated parts of the roof covering from the chapel and covering with new
    lead sheets. Access provided by movable scaffolds.
•   Replacement of the damaged or missing gutters and down pipes of the church
•   Demolition of unstable and unsafe partition wall in the chapel of the southern konak
•   Final clearance of the site
Interventions programmed in 2006
• Internal repairs to the church
• Full reconstruction of the old konak
• Reconstruction of a collapsed retaining wall behind the newly reconstructed refectory (konak)

Further intervention required
• Wall paintings conservation programme
• Reconstruction of two new konaks

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                                                     EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE

                                        04           Prizren
                                                     Prizren municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Large scale three-aisled Basilica with dome and bell tower
                                      added later over the W façade. Sheltered rich treasures
                                      Built in the second half of the XIX c.
                                      Inventoried. IPM Prizren

Damage Assessment
Completely burned down, roof collapsed, interior gutted, only perimeter walls remain.
Dome and bell-tower collapsed. Stone columns in unstable position, damaged by the collapse of
the roof. Interior, wooden furniture, iconostasis, dome wall paintings and decoration completely
destroyed. Marble floor extensively damaged.
Damaged stonework at the top of the walls, and around openings. Several areas soiled by soot.

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 37967.60 €                      Contractor: Sadiku, Suhareke/ Suva Reka
•   Clearance of the church’s interior from debris, gathered mainly from the collapse of the roof,
    and transport to the dump site. All metallic elements were stored together and taken to the
    city dump site for scrap metal.
•   Cutting and dismantling of the collapsed bell-tower and removal and transport of the debris to
    the dump site. Detailed recording of the bell tower, in order to reconstruct it in a later phase of
    the reconstruction.
•   Mounting of a provisional scaffold along the perimeter walls of the church. A protective
    waterproof covering was placed on the top of the walls to prevent further deterioration
•   Demolition of the unstable structure of the parish house, transport of debris to the dump site.
•   Construction of drainage well at the lowest point of the demolished parish house.
•   Temporary hoardings in the sides of the demolished parish house facing the street
•   Complete clearance of the yard of the complex
•   Securing the site

Interventions programmed in 2006
• Complete reconstruction of the church


Further intervention required
• Decoration works in the church
• Reconstruction of the parish house

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                                                     CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS

                                        05
                                                     (TUTIC’S CHURCH)
                                                     Prizren
                                                     Prizren municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Late Byzantine style. Small sized chapel, one aisle and dome.
                                      Remains of original wall paintings.
                                      Built and decorated in the XIV c. Last restored in the 1960s.
                                      Listed cultural historic monument

Damage Assessment
Damaged in March 2004. Lead roof removed, stone work partly damaged by hammering,
perimeter fence partially lost. Windows destroyed. Interior badly damaged by fire and vandalized,
marble pavement and wall paintings affected by fire,

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 26970.94 € - works
                                 Contractor: P.A.B . (Gjakova/ Djakovica)
financed by the U.S. Office
• Clearance of the yard from debris, garbage and vegetation, and transport to the dump site.
• Mounting and dismounting of 9m high scaffold.
• Removal of the remains of the damaged lead cover from the dome and apse and re-roofing
    with new lead sheet 2,5mm thick.
• Removal of badly damaged stones from the cornice, dome and apse, carving of new pieces
    matching the existing and replacement in the same location
• Replacement of physically damaged blocks and bricks, with new pieces matching the existing
• Production and insertion of new dome windows with glazing.
• Production, insertion and lacquering of oak door, and windows on the northern and southern
    walls of the church
• Replacement of broken stone slabs on the church floor.
• Production and installation of the iron fence on southeastern side of the church matching the
    original
• Temporary hoardings to the site

Further intervention required
• Internal repairs and wall paintings conservation programme
• Urban integration of the site

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                                                     CHURCH OF SAINT SAVIOUR

                                        06           Prizren
                                                     Prizren municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Late Byzantine style. One-aisled domed church, cross vaulted
                                      pronaos. Walls from an unfinished newer church form the
                                      church yard. Remains of wall paintings.
                                      Built in theXIV c. the walls of the newer church were added in
                                      the XIX c.
                                      Listed cultural historic monument

Damage Assessment
Older church: Interior damaged by fire, internal surfaces, wall paintings, floor and wooden doors
and windows affected by fire. Exterior in good condition.
Newer church walls: soiled by smoke, unstable upper sections, doors and windows affected by
fire, bell tower in unstable condition.

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 42228.70 €                      Contractor: P.A.B . (Gjakova/Djakovica)
•   Cleaning of the yard of the complex from garbage, debris, vegetation and transport to the
    dump site.
•   Mounting and dismounting of 9.50m high scaffolding, for access to the wall crown and belfry.
•   Removal of damaged parts of the walls, cleaning of the wall tops of the newer church and
    replacement with new stones. New protective covering with roof tiles
•   Filling of the cracks in the upper zones of northern and western walls of the newer church.
•   Production and insertion of two-winged oak timber doors, in the northern and western
    facades of the newer church.
•   Removal of the burnt entrance door and frame of the older church and production and
    insertion of a new oak timber door.
•   Production and insertion of metallic windows, glazing with colourless plexiglass.
•   Construction of a fence and two gates with metallic profiles on concrete foundations
•   Stonework cleaning
•   Production and installation of a new roof construction and covering with metallic sheet to the
    belfry

Further intervention required
• Wall painting conservation programme
• Internal repairs
• Stonework cleaning
• Archeological assessment

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                                                     OLD CHURCH OF ST GEORGE

                                        07
                                                     (RUNOVIC’S CHURCH)
                                                     Prizren/Prizren
                                                     Prizren/Prizren municipality
                                      Brief Description
                                      Late Byzantine style. Small sized, one aisled church with barrel
                                      vault. Rich decorative wall paintings. In the complex of the
                                      Episcopal Church of St George (no. 04)
                                      Built in the XIV-XVI centuries,
                                      Protected cultural historical monument
Damage Assessment
Interior damaged by explosion and fire, visible cracks, wall paintings largely affected, stone floors
in bad condition, burnt doors and windows, desecrated tomb.
External stonework affected by fire and smoke
The lead roof cover was stolen in 2005.
Previous to the intervention, a cleanup operation with recovery of sensitive material was carried
out by the RIC in August 2005
Interventions in 2005
Cost: 11316.00 €                      Contractor: P.A.B . (Gjakova/ Djakovica)
•   Mounting and dismounting of 5m high scaffolding to access to the roof.
•   Removal of the parts of damaged lead covering from the roof and re-roofing with lead sheet
    2,5mm thick
•   Stonework cleaning to the external facades covered with soot
•   Production and insertion of temporary soft wood frames on semi-circular openings and
    entrance door and covering the frames with plexiglass
•   Protective covering of the floor with plywood
•   Crack repairs with lime mortar and refilling of the joints of stone slabs
•   Temporary covering of the tombstone inside the church with plywood
Interventions programmed in 2006
• Internal repairs to the church
• Stone work cleaning
Further intervention required
• Wall paintings conservation programme

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                                                     CHURCH OF ST. ELIAS

                                        08           Vushtrri/Vučitrn
                                                     Vushtrri/Vučitrn municipality
                                      Brief Description
                                      Single-aisled barrel-vaulted earlier church with pronaos. An
                                      exonarthex was later added enclosing the church.
                                      The new church was erected in 1834 over remains of an older
                                      church (XVI- XVIIc.). Rich wall paintings.
                                      Parish house and graveyard.
Damage Assessment
Roof destroyed by fire, windows removed. A few structural cracks.
Interior looted, vandalized and burnt down, emporia floor and beams destroyed, unstable
columns. Wall paintings affected by fire.
Parish and guest houses burnt down, cemetery desecrated
Interventions in 2005
Cost: 37622.70 €                  Contractor: Ukras (Zvecan)
• General cleaning of the site from debris and vegetation and transport to the dump site
• Clearing of the church’s interior from debris and burnt remains and transport to the dump site.
• Installation of protective hoardings around the site.
• Removal of the remains of burnt timber sections and tiles from the damaged roof of the
    church and exonarthex.
• Building of a new roof construction with timber rafters and boards and covering with
    waterproof sheet.
• Protective covers to doors and windows
Interventions programmed in 2006
• Full architectural reconstruction of the church
• Internal repairs
Further intervention required
• Wall paintings conservation programme
• Parish house reconstruction
• Graveyard reparation

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                                                     CHURCH OF ST. SAVA

                                        09           Mitrovicë/Kosovska Mitrovica
                                                     Mitrovicë/Mitrovica municipality
                                      Brief Description
                                      Cross inscribed church with dome. Parish house and external
                                      belfry
                                      Built at the end of the XIX century.


Damage Assessment
Church looted, partially damaged by fire. Roof dilapidated. Windows fire damaged and stoned
Interiors smoked and fire affected. Floors damaged. Emporia completely destroyed
Bell tower: joinery and internal staircase destroyed by fire.
Parish house burned down
Interventions in 2005
Cost: 34680.75 €                    Contractor: Ukras (Zvecan)
• Clearance of the front yard from vegetation and garbage.
• Clearance of the church interior from soot and debris and removal of the damaged marble
    floors in the church
• Replacement of the northwestern area of the roof, complete replacement of the burnt roof
    construction, and covering with new lead sheet.
• Partial patching of other damaged roof areas
• Complete replacement of damaged glass in the windows with colourless plexiglass.
• Production and insertion of new oak entrance doors on northern and western entrance
    matching the originals
• Stone cleaning of all pillars, covered in soot
• Re-fixing of detached beam of the emporia
Further intervention required
• Complete roof reparation
• Internal repairs in the church
• Reconstruction of the parish house

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                                                     CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS

                                        10           Prishtinë/Priština
                                                     Prishtinë/Priština municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Basilica type church from the early XIX c. Exonarthex and dome
                                      added in the XX c. Rich wall paintings and iconostasis.
                                      External baptistery, parish house and bell tower. Graveyard
                                      Listed as a monument

Damage Assessment
Completely burned down, interior gutted, roof collapsed, only perimeter walls and dome standing
but affected by fire. Wall paintings in very bad condition. Narthex affected by fire and in an
unstable condition
Baptistery and parish house entirely burnt.
Bell tower:Upper part and interior staircase collapsed due to fire.
Cemetery: Desecrated

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 27947.97 €                      Contractor: As-Com, Prishtine/ Pristina
•   Clearance of the site from debris, garbage and vegetation
•   Production of metallic entrance gates (one two-winged for the church, and one one-winged
    for the parish house)
•   Clearance of the church interior from debris gathered mainly from the collapse of the roof
•   Production and installation of new entrance doors to the church, baptistery and parish house
•   Production, installation and glazing of all windows in the exonarthex of the church, baptistery
    and parish house.
•   Installation of temporary metallic roof construction over a scaffold, to protect the walls and the
    interior of the church from the weather.

Interventions programmed in 2006
• Complete church reconstruction: re-roofing, internal and external repairs
• Reconstruction of the parish house, baptistery and belfry

Further intervention required
• Wall paintings conservation programme
• Decoration and refurbishment

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                                                     CHURCH OF ST. ANDREW

                                        11           Podujevë/Podujevo
                                                     Podujevë/Podujevo municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Single aisled church with central dome.
                                      Built in 1930 and damaged on several occasions. The last
                                      reconstruction is dated 1971


Damage Assessment
Looted and burnt down. Apse blown up with explosives. Floors internal surfaces and joinery
damaged. Roof cover partially removed.
Blockwork built boundary wall demolished.

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 16357.60 €                      Contractor: Bedi N Derton (Podujeve/ Podujevo)
•   Clearing of the church interior from debris, burnt remains, and material resulting from the
    destruction of the apse and transport to the depot away from the site.
•   Mounting of the scaffolding, work on the roof and construction of eastern wall of the church
•   Complete reconstruction of the blown-up apse
•   Removal and replacement of dilapidated tin gutters and downpipes from the roof. Patching
    of damaged areas
•   Production insertion and glazing of new windows.
•   Production of entrance doors and entrance gate
•   Construction of concrete block perimeter walls.

Further intervention required
• Complete reconstruction, internal and external repairs


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                                                     ORTHODOX SEMINARY OF SAINTS CYRILLUS

                                        12
                                                     AND METHODIUS
                                                     Prizren
                                                     Prizren municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Complex composed of four main buildings.
                                      The oldest building, Uncle Sima’s, was the original seminary
                                      built in the XIX c. The rest are later additions built mainly in the
                                      1990s


Damage Assessment
Older building burnt and collapsed. Only the perimeter walls remain, badly damaged by fire.
The remaining three buildings equally damaged and burnt down

Interventions in 2005
None


Remarks
The reconstruction of the site has been taken over by the European Agency for Reconstruction
under the monitoring of the RIC. The reconstruction is programmed for 2006-2007




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                                                     CHURCH OF THE BIRTH OF THE HOLY VIRGIN

                                        13           Softoviq/Softović
                                                     Ferizaj/Uroševac municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Small-sized village church. One aisle and belfry over the
                                      entrance in the main façade.
                                      XXth century, 1930.


Damage Assessment
Fully damaged, roof collapsed, structural cracks, damaged joinery
Internal walls and floors affected by fire
Cemetery desecrated and damaged. (DoC)

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 86192.80 €                      Contractor: Pleqja 2 (Isniq/Isnic, Decan/Decane)
•   Clearance of the church from debris and removal of unstable remains of false vault and apse
    roof construction.
•   Reconstruction of the semi-circular vault with brick (12cm thick) reinforced with brick ribs
    every 1m. Reconstruction of apse in brick.
•   Insertion and lacquering of two timber beams to tie the roof construction together
•   Construction of a new timber structure above the vault covered with ceramic roof tiles
•   Reconstruction of the belfry’s cupola in brickwork
•   Covering of the belfry’s cupola and apse with zinc sheet
•   Production and installation of gutters and down pipes
•   Removal of the damaged render and plaster from the external and internal walls and
    complete re-rendering and re-plastering of walls and vaults
•   Construction of timber windows and doors to match the original.
•   Complete painting of the church’s exterior and interior.
•   Reconstruction of the upper gallery and insertion of new wooden railings
•   Elevation of the apse floor level 10cm high
•   Complete construction of a new marble pavement
•   Complete replacement of the electrical installation
•   Clearance of the churchyard and production and insertion of wired fence and a gate along
    the road.

Further intervention required
• Church reconstruction completed. Only decorative elements required


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                                                     EPISCOPAL RESIDENCE

                                        14
                                                     (FORMER RUSSIAN CONSULATE)
                                                     Prizren
                                                     Prizren municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Two storey residential building with basement. Within the site of
                                      the Episcopal Church of St. George (no. 04)
                                      Initially built in the XIX century as Russian consulate, the
                                      current building is the result of a XX c. reconstruction.

Damage Assessment
Completely burnt down, roof collapsed, interior gutted, floors in unstable condition, joinery burnt
down, walls and floors affected by fire

Interventions in 2005
Cost: Accounted with the
                                   Contractor: Sadiku, Suhareke/ Suva Reka
Episcopal Church (no.05)
• Clearance of the three floors and the roof of the building, transport of debris, garbage, burnt
    material and other remains to the dump site.
• Provisional closing of the openings facing the street on the ground floor of the building with
    plywood boards over timber frames.
• Temporary covering of the roof with thick plastic sheet, in order to prevent further
    deterioration of the structure


Remarks
The reconstruction of the site has been taken over by the European Agency for Reconstruction
under the monitoring of the RIC. It is programmed to take place during 2006-2007

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                                                     CHURCH OF ST. PARASCEVE

                                        15           Shipashnica i Ultë/Donja Šipašnica
                                                     Kamenicë/Kamenica municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Single aisled village church with attached concrete belfry. The
                                      spatial and material quality is very poor.
                                      XX century.


Damage Assessment
Minor damages. Attacked by Molotov cocktail.
The church is mainly affected by subsidence. Structural cracks have appeared throughout the
building. Water penetration

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 5079.16 €                       Contractor: ART Project, Viti/Vitina
•   Removal of existing wire fence.
•   Construction of concrete retaining wall 1m. high along the road to compensate the difference
    of level with the site
•   Construction of new perimeter fence and gate with metallic profiles and wired net

Further intervention required
• Structural repairs


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                                                     CHURCH OF ST. KYRIAKE

                                        16           Prizren
                                                     Prizren/Prizren municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      One aisled church with narthex, covered by a dome. Remains
                                      of wall paintings on the original lower parts of the walls
                                      Built during the 1960s over the remains of a XIV c. church
                                      Located in the completely burnt Serbian area of the city

Damage Assessment
Interior of the church burnt. Wall paintings damaged by fire and soot. Exterior in good condition.

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 17343.70 €                      Contractor: P.A.B . (Gjakova/Djakovica)
•   Clearance of the church and the site from debris, garbage and burnt remains, transport of
    materials to the dump site.
•   Mounting and dismounting of the 3m tall scaffolding, for access to the apse of the church.
•   Removal of damaged elements of the lead roof and re-covering with new lead sheet 2,5mm
    thick.
•   Removal of burnt remains of the entrance doors to the church and the yard and production
    and insertion of new oak timber doors
•   Glazing of the metallic church windows with colourless plexiglass
•   Reparation and re-fixing of the altar pillar
•   Removal and reparation of the damaged top of the external wall, and new protective covering
    with ceramic roof tiles
•   Production of perimeter fence along the stone walls, with metallic profiles

Further intervention required
• Wall paintings conservation programme
• Internal repairs

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                                                     17-CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS

                                        17           Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje
                                                     Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Free cross type domed church with pronaos and bell tower.
                                      Priest house.
                                      Built around 1929


Damage Assessment
Exterior in good condition damaged in some parts by humidity.
Interior partially damaged by fire and looted, few windows broken. The lobby area was affected
by fire: doors burnt down, floor destroyed, wall paintings covered in soot and staircase and bell
mechanism destroyed.
Priest house in good condition
Interventions in 2005
Cost: 5238.50 €                       Contractor: Trio-Corp, Gracanica
•   Clearing of the floor of the church from the remains of fire and transport of the debris to the
    depot away from the site.
•   Production, insertion and lacquering of new doors to replace the damaged elements.
•   Reparation of the damaged windows.
•   Reparation of the damaged marble floor and replacement of damaged elements with new
    marble slabs
•   Removal of the remains of the burnt timber stairs to the belfry and replacement with a new
    staircase
•   Removal of existing wired fence along the road, and construction and painting of a new safer
    fence and gate made from metallic profiles on concrete foundations.
Further intervention required
• Cleaning of wall paintings


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                                                     CHURCH OF THE HOLY

                                        18
                                                     KING UROŠ,
                                                     Ferizaj/Uroševac
                                                     Ferizaj/Uroševac municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Cross in square Church with five domes. Rich decoration.
                                      Detached belfry
                                      XX century, 1933.
                                      Listed as a monument.

Damage Assessment
Minor damages in the church. Entrance stairs in bad condition. Main doors and wooden stair
railing and balustrade affected by fire
Further damages due to lack of maintenance
Priests House destroyed

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 19803.00 €                      Contractor: CEM (Gjilan/Gnjilane)
•   Clearance of the site
•   Replacement and carving of oak timber western and southern entrance doors
•   Re-fixing of the damaged door to the belfry
•   Reparation of main stairway
•   Replacement of the burnt timber stairway railing and balustrade leading to the upper gallery
•   Production and installation of metallic entrance gate

Further intervention required
• Wall paintings conservation programme
• Parish house reconstruction

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                                                     CHURCH OF ST. PETER AND

                                        19
                                                     ST. PAUL
                                                     Muhaxher-Talinovc/Muhadžer Talinovac
                                                     Ferizaj/Uroševac municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Modern single-aisled church. Attached belfry over the entrance.
                                      Guest house and graveyard.
                                      Built in the XXth century


Damage Assessment
Metal roof cover partly removed, brick work and metal windows damaged, glass broken, interior
completely burnt, ceramic floors broken, wall paintings affected by fire.
Guest house: roof destroyed by fire, windows and door damaged, interior burnt down, hollow pot
ceiling badly damaged
Cemetery: large proportion of headstones damaged
Interventions in 2005
Cost: 20835.00 €                      Contractor: CEM (Gjilan/Gnjilane)
•   General clearance of the church, guest house and the site
•   Brick repairs and insertion of new sections in the damaged areas of brickwork
•   Reparation of the roof of the church, with replacement of damaged aluminium sheets, gutters
    and down pipes.
•   Glazing of the windows with colourless plexiglass.
•   New roof in the guest house with timber construction covered with ceramic roof tiles
•   Production and insertion of new metallic entrance doors to the church and the guest house.
•   Reparation of a large number of damaged headstones
•   Production and insertion of a new metallic gate to the site
Further intervention required
• Internal repairs to the church and guest house
• Cleaning of wall paintings

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                                                     SERBIAN TOWN CEMETERY

                                        20
                                                     Ferizaj/Uroševac
                                                     Ferizaj/Uroševac municipality


                                      Brief Description
                                      Town cemetery containing graves of different age.
                                      The chapel is a modern building recently built.



Damage Assessment
Chapel: roof partly destroyed, interior damaged by fire, windows and door broken, floors partly
affected
Site: guest house destroyed, large number of headstones damaged

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 38179.00 €                      Contractor: CEM (Gjilan/Gnjilane)
•   Clearance of the interior of the chapel and the cemetery from debris, remains and vegetation
    and transport of material to the dump site.
•   Mounting of the scaffolding around the chapel for access to the roof
•   Removal of damaged tiles from the roof of the chapel, as well as damaged or burnt timbers,
    and replacing with new timber sections and ceramic roof tiles.
•   Production and insertion of a new metallic door to the chapel
•   Glazing of the windows with plexiglass
•   Reparation of the damaged area of the chapel floors
•   Reparation of a large number of damaged or destroyed headstones
•   Completion of the metallic perimeter fence to the site and reparation of the main gate
Further intervention required
• Complete repairs to the graveyard
• Minor internal repairs to the chapel
• Guest house reconstruction

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                                                     ST ELIAS CHAPEL

                                        21
                                                     Varosh/Varoš Selo
                                                     Ferizaj/Uroševac municipality


                                      Brief Description
                                      Single-aisled modern chapel. Graveyard
                                      The chapel was recently built.




Damage Assessment
Church affected by fire, doors and windows damaged, interior smoked, altar screen burnt.
Cemetery desecrated and damaged.

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 22345.00 €                      Contractor: CEM (Gjilan/Gnjilane)
•   General clearance of the chapel and the graveyard
•   Reparation and replacement of damaged sections of gutters and down pipes
•   Production and insertion of a new metallic entrance door to the chapel
•   Replacement of broken glass to the chapel windows with plexiglass
•   Reparation of the damaged area of the floor
•   Production and insertion of a new gate to the site
•   Reparation of a large number of damaged or destroyed headstones.

Further intervention required
• Minor internal repairs to the chapel


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                                                     CHURCH OF ST. JOHN

                                        22
                                                     THE BAPTIST
                                                     Pejë/Peć
                                                     Pejë/Peć municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Free cross type with pronaos, bell tower over the pronaos.
                                      It was completed in 1982



Damage Assessment
Exterior partial damage by fire, interior looted and affected by fire and soot, doors and windows
destroyed by fire, marble pavement affected by explosion,
Parish house burnt down
Interventions in 2005
Cost: 32616.00 €                      Contractor: Pleqja 2 (Isniq, Decan/Decane)
•   Clearing of the churchyard and the interior of the church from debris, garbage, burnt remains,
    and transport to the dump site.
•   Mounting and dismounting of the 9m high scaffold to access the roof
•   Removal of damaged areas of the metallic covering of the roof, dome and apse, installation
    of waterproof membrane and re-covering with first quality aluminum sheet
•   Production and insertion and lacquering of two oak timber doors
•   Glazing of the windows and doors with colourless plexiglass
•   Replacement of damaged marble floor slabs with new marble slabs
•   Production of new semicircular marble shelves in the lateral apses by the altar
•   Production and insertion of metallic entrance gates and doors
Further intervention required
• Internal repairs to the church
• Reconstruction of the parish house

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                                                     CHURCH OF THE

                                        23
                                                     PRESENTATION OF THE VIRGIN
                                                     Bellopole/Belo Polje
                                                     Pejë/Peć municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Three aisled Basilica, barrel vault, decorative wall paintings.
                                      Guest house and graveyard
                                      Originally built in the XVI c. the current church is the result of a
                                      later restoration from1868
                                      Protected monument

Damage Assessment
Roof in very bad condition, doors and windows damaged, interior vandalized and affected by fire,
iconostasis burnt down, wall paintings covered with soot, stone pavement, partially destroyed.
Site: surrounded by a low wall, cemetery vandalized and some gravestones damaged.

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 70190.50 €                      Contractor: Ukras (Zvecan)
•   Cleaning of the complete yard of the complex from garbage, debris, and vegetation, and
    transport of the waste material to the dump site
•   Mounting and dismounting of scaffolding along the northern and southern façade to access
    the roof of the church
•   Dismantling of roof covering of the church and the dilapidated roof construction
•   Clearing and consolidation with lime mortar of the vault
•   Construction of a new roof structure over the vault and apse with new oak timber beams,
    beech boards, and water proof sheet
•   Production insertion and painting of new lateral entrance doors, made from oak timber, as
    well as reparation of western entrance door
•   Reparation and painting of all metallic windows and protective grills. Glazing of the windows
    with colourless plexiglass.
•   Replacement of damaged stone slates in the church floor
•   Reconstruction of three gravestones in the graveyard
•   Production of 1,20m high fence and 4 gates (690m) with metallic profiles over the existing
    perimeter low wall. Reconstruction of the supporting wall in the damaged areas
•   Roof covering new ceramic roof tiles. Eave details finished with beech boards.

Interventions programmed in 2006
• Internal repairs in the church
• Restoration of the facades

Further intervention required
• Wall paintings conservation programme


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                                                     CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY

                                        24
                                                     Gjakovë/Đakovica
                                                     Gjakovë/Đakovica municipality


                                      Brief Description
                                      Modern concrete construction
                                      The Church was built in the late 1990s on the site of a
                                      mausoleum built to commemorate soldiers killed in the wars
                                      1912-1918, but which was later destroyed in 1949

Damage Assessment
Destroyed in summer 1999, In March 2004 the ruins were removed from the site

Interventions in 2005
None


Remarks
The church is completely destroyed. The site is politically controversial and the ownership is
disputed. The RIC cannot agree actions until the situation is clarified at a political level




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                                                     CHURCH OF ST ELIAS

                                        25           Bishtrazhin/Bištražin
                                                     Gjakovë/Đakovica municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Small chapel, single aisle and belfry.
                                      Built in 1991 on the site of an older church from the early XX c.
                                      destroyed in 1941.


Damage Assessment
Blown up with explosives. Completely destroyed

Interventions in 2005
                                  Contractor: American Invest Company, Pristina/ Monolitstroy,
Cost: 16480.00 €
                                  Bulgaria
•   Selective removal of debris under the supervision of an archaeologist. Transport of waste
    material to the dumpsite and recover and storage of reusable materials within the site
•   Consolidation of the remains of the foundations with lime mortar.
•   Reinforcement of the existing fence around the site
•   Clearing of the complex from debris, vegetation and garbage
•   Repair of the entry road to the church.
•   Production and insertion of a metallic entrance gate
•   Consolidation of two dilapidated gravestones

Further intervention required
• Eventual reconstruction of the church


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                                                     CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE

                                        26
                                                     VIRGIN MARY
                                                     Gjakovë/Đakovica
                                                     Gjakovë/Đakovica municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Single-aisled church with belfry over the entrance
                                      Built in the XIX c. on the site of an older foundation from the
                                      XVIc
                                      Listed as a monument.

Damage Assessment
Burned and demolished. Completely destroyed
Parish house completely destroyed, Cemetery desecrated

Interventions in 2005
                                  Contractor: American Invest Company, Pristina/ Monolitstroy,
Cost: 16545.00 €
                                  Bulgaria
•   Clearing of the site with transport of the debris to the dumpsite preparation of the site for
    works.
•   Demolition of the unstable remains of the north eastern building, removal of all waste material
    to the dump site and storing of the material for re-use.
•   Construction of a fence around the complex with metallic profiles over concrete foundations
    and wired net


Further intervention required
• Eventual reconstruction of the church and the parish house


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                                                     CHAPEL OF ST LAZARUS

                                        27           Piskote
                                                     Gjakovë/Đakovica municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Small modern cemetery chapel. Guest house and graveyard.
                                      Built between 1991-1994




Damage Assessment
Chapel demolished and rubble removed
Guest house vandalized, cemetery desecrated, gravestones damaged, trees cut down.

Interventions in 2005
                                  Contractor: American Invest Company, Pristina/ Monolitstroy,
Cost: 34943.00 €
                                  Bulgaria
•   Clearance of the chapel and guest house from debris and garbage and transport of waste
    material to the dumpsite. Storage of reusable material within the site.
•   Cleaning of the cemetery from vegetation and debris, transport waste material to the dump
    site.
•   Repairing of all tombstones using the original damaged pieces


Further intervention required
• Eventual reconstruction of the chapel and the guest house


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                                                     ATELIER, GALLERY, MUSEUM AGIM

                                        28
                                                     CAVDARBASHA
                                                     Caglavica/Čaglavica
                                                     Prishtinë/Priština municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Private house garden and atelier of a famous Albanian sculptor.
                                      The site is an open gallery and museum
                                      Modern construction


Damage Assessment
The house is completely damaged by fire (approx 100 m2).
About 80-100 artefact sculptures (wooden, clay, stock, metallic) destroyed.

Interventions in 2005
None


Remarks
Although the site was damaged during March 2004, it is not a religious site and therefore not part
of the RIC mandate. The MCYS is in charge of possible interventions




                                                                                   Damaged building




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                                                     CHURCH OF ST. PARASCEVE

                                        29           Viti/Vitina
                                                     Viti/Vitina municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Single aisle church. Attached belfry over the entrance. Guest
                                      house and parish house




Damage Assessment
Church: minor damages, evidence of earthquake and loss of some roofing tiles.
Priest house stoned, window panes broken, external cladding punctured.
The windows were repaired and a perimeter wall built by the Church after the riots

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 1665.00 €                       Contractor: ART Project, Viti/Vitina
•   Roof reparation and replacement of missing roof tiles
•   Reparation of the joint between the church and the belfry and refilling of cracks
•   Reparation of damaged plaster in the guest house




Further intervention required
• Maintenance works


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                                                     CHURCH OF THE BIRTH OF THE HOLY VIRGIN

                                        30           Obiliq/Obilić
                                                     Obiliq/Obilić municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Cross layout, five domed unfinished building
                                      The construction was ongoing in the late 1990s




Damage Assessment
Partially damaged, window panes broken, doors and rainwater goods damaged
Interior partially affected by fire

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 2722.00 €                       Contractor: Trio-Corp, Gracanica
•   Clearance of the site and the church interior
•   Reparation of damaged gutters and down pipes
•   Production and installation of new timber doors
•   Glazing of all windows



Further intervention required
• Maintenance works


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                                                     CHURCH OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE

                                        31
                                                     VIRGIN
                                                     Lipjan/Lipljan
                                                     Lipjan/Lipljan municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Byzantine style. One aisled barrel vaulted church. Wall
                                      iconostasis and rich wall paintings. The site contains
                                      archaeological remains.
                                      Built in the XIV c. on the foundations of an earlier basilica from
                                      IV-VI c. Partial reconstruction in the XVI c.
                                      Protected monument.

Damage Assessment
Hand grenades thrown near, slight damages to stonework

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 5179.20 €                       Contractor: Trio-Corp, Gracanica
•   Removal of the existing wired fence along the road
•   Production and insertion of a new fence along the road made from metallic profiles over
    concrete foundations
•   Production and installation of two vehicle gates and two pedestrian gates made from metallic
    profiles

Further intervention required
• Wall paintings conservation programme


Site photograph                                                                     Undamaged Church




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                                                     CHURCH STS FLORUS AND LAURUS

                                        32
                                                     Lipjan/Lipljan
                                                     Lipjan/Lipljan municipality


                                      Brief Description
                                      Free cross type, with a big dome.
                                      Built in the XX c. by the church of the Presentation of the Virgin
                                      (no. 31)


Damage Assessment
Exterior damage almost invisible. Small damage to external door repaired shortly after

Interventions in 2005
Cost: budget in no. 31                Contractor: Trio-Corp, Gracanica
•   Fencing the site together with the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin (no. 31)

Further intervention required
• Maintenance works


Before the intervention                                                            After the intervention




Undamaged Church




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                                                     CHURCH OF ST ARCHANGEL

                                        33
                                                     MICHAEL
                                                     Shtime/Štimlje
                                                     Shtime/Štimlje municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Free cross type and dome. Bell tower aside. The church is
                                      located on the top of a hill
                                      Built in the early XX c.


Damage Assessment
Exterior in good condition, doors and windows partly damaged by stoning.
Interior vandalized, altar destroyed
Wall paintings vandalized
Upper part with mechanism destroyed by fire

Interventions in 2005
Cost: 5294.00 €                       Contractor: CEM (Gjilan/Gnjilane)
•   Clearing of the church’s interior from debris and transport of waste material to the dump site.
•   Mounting of the movable scaffolding in the church
•   Removal of the damaged entrance doors and replacement with new oak doors.
•   Production and insertion of a new metallic window
•   Glazing of all windows with plexiglass.
•   Cleaning of burnt timber remains of the upper part of the belfry
•   Construction of a new perimeter fence (2m. high 395 m. long) made from metallic profiles
    and barbed wire over concrete foundations.
•   Production and insertion of metallic entrance gate
Further intervention required
• Internal and external repairs
• Wall paintings restoration

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                                                     CHURCH OF ST KYRIAKE

                                        34           Bërnjak/Brnjaca
                                                     Rahovec/Orahovac municipality
                                      Brief Description
                                      Small domed church and guest house
                                      The church was rebuilt in 1975 on the site of an older church
                                      destroyed in 1946.

Damage Assessment
Church Undamaged.
Guest House burned down: roof affected by fire, windows and doors damaged, interior affected
by fire
Interventions in 2005
Cost: 18484.60 €                     Contractor: Sadiku (Suhareke/Suva Reka)
• Clearance of the site from debris, garbage and burnt remains and transport of waste material
     to the dumpsite
• Mounting and dismounting of the 6m high scaffold
• Removal of the damaged areas of the roof of the guest house and the burnt timber structure.
     Storage of roof tiles within the site for re-insertion
• Construction of new roof structure to the damaged areas
• Covering of the new roof with old tiles, with an addition of 30% of new tiles. New eaves,
     made of lacquered timber
• Reconstruction of damaged render and plaster to the façade of the guest house and the
     interior ground floor
• Production and insertion of semi-circular entrance doors and all internal doors
• Production, insertion and glazing of semi-circular windows to the guest house
• Reparation of pavements
• Replacement of electrical installation to the building
• Reparation of the metallic entrance gate to the site
Further intervention required
• Maintenance works

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                                                     CHURCH OF STS. PETER AND PAUL

                                        35           Istog/Istok
                                                     Istog/Istok municipality

                                      Brief Description
                                      Free cross type domed church with pronaos and bell tower.
                                      Parish house and a few graves.
                                      The church was built in 1929
Damage Assessment
Exterior: Major damage around southern window, wooden door and windows destroyed
Interior: looted, walls affected by fire, iconostasis burnt, altar destroyed, stone pavement partially
destroyed.
Parish house completely burnt down
Interventions in 2005
Cost: 35445.00 €                      Contractor: Pleqja 2 (Isniq, Decan/Decane)
•   Clearing of the church interior and site from debris, garbage and burnt remains. Transport of
    waste material to the dumpsite.
•   Mounting and dismounting of the 9m high scaffold
•   Reconstruction of the stonework to the biforium on the southern façade of the church,
    damaged by an explosion
•   Reconstruction of damaged render to the external façades of the church.
•   Reparation of internal plasters and cracks with lime mortar
•   Production, insertion and lacquering of two new oak timber entrance doors
•   Production insertion and lacquering of oak windows with decorative metallic grills
•   Glazing of windows with colourless plexiglass
•   Replacement of electrical installation of the church
•   Refixing of marble altar table
Further intervention required
• Internal repairs to the church
• Reconstruction of the parish house

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CREDITS
The Reconstruction Implementation Commission (RIC)
1. CoE representative and Chairperson:
      Emma Carmichael. Conservation Building Surveyor
2. Serbian Orthodox Church representative:
      Bishop Teodosije (all duties seconded to Milan Catic)
      Milan Catić: Architect representing Bishop Teodosije
3. MCYS representative:
      Osman Gojani. Architect
4. IPM Belgrade representative:
      Dragoljub Todorovic. Architect– replaced due to ill health
      Zoran Garić. Architect – Todorovic’s replacement
5. IPM Kosovo representative:
      Njazi Haliti. Architect.

The Secretariat
Francisco Montañés            Head of the Secretariat –architect (UNMIK-CoE)
Sebahate Boshnjaku            Procurement Officer (MCYS)
Perparim Fazliu               Architect (technical assistant contracted by MCYS)
Fatbardha Maxhuni             Administrative assistant (MCYS)
Taibe Selmani                 Finance Officer, (MCYS)
Arsim Thaçi                   Certification Officer, (MCYS)
Naxhije Pajaziti              Website designer
Asmir Nikshiq                 Driver
Zana Kryeziu                  Authorisation Officer/Permanent Secretary, (MCYS)
Zijadin Bajqinca              Approval Officer/Director of Central Administration, (MCYS)

Translation of technical specifications (funded by the CoE)
Rozafa Basha             Architect
Fitim Muçaj              Architect

Site Supervisors
Gani Gashi                    IPM Kosovo (architect)
Faton Pruthi                  IPM Gjakove/Dakovica (architect)
Jovica Lukić                  IPM Belgrade (architect)
Milosav Lukić                 IPM Belgrade (architect)

Council of Europe-Support
Pristina:
Zurab Katchkatchishvili Head of Office
Visar Berisha           Driver
Strasbourg:
Mikhael de Thyse        Head of the Technical Cooperation Unit
Anna Trigona            Programme Coordinator
Valerie Bouguerolle     Assistant
Claudine Nonnenmacher Assistant

UNMIK support
Biyyala Rao                   Principal International Officer
Joanne Barrett                Culture Advisor for Integration
Angela Lenn                   Legal Officer
Laura Pasquero                Coordination and Standards Monitoring Officer
Nenad Djordjevic              Translator/interpreter
Hamit Mripa                   Translator/interpreter
Visar Peja                    Translator/interpreter

KFOR support
Josef Honeder                 KFOR Liaison Officer. CIMIC




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The RIC membership includes one
international representative of the Council of
Europe      as    chairperson     and     one
representative each from the Serbian
Orthodox Church, the Republic Institute for
the Protection of Cultural Monuments (IPM),
Belgrade, the Provisional Institutions of Self
Government (PISG) - Ministry of Culture,                                              DGIV
Youth and Sports (Kosovo/UNMIK) and the                                               Education, Culture and
                                                                                      Heritage, Youth and
Institute for the Protection of Monuments                                             Sport
(IPM), Kosovo.

The current RIC Chairperson is
Emma Carmichael

The RIC is served by a Technical Unit:
                                                                                  EUROPEAN COMMISSION
- Francisco Montañés,                                                                Directorate General for
Head of the Technical Unit                                                            Education and Culture
- Visar Salihu,
Architect / Technical Adviser
- Goran Zdravkovic,
Civil Engineer / Technical Adviser
- Remzija Colakovic,
Administrative Assistant


Address:

Reconstruction Implementaton Commission
(RIC)
Council of Europe Office in Pristina
8 Kragujevcit St.
UNHCR HQ Room 54
10000 Pristina, Kosovo

Tel:               ++381 (0)38 243 751

Fax:               ++381 (0)38 243 752                                            Also supported by the:

e-mail:            rickosovo@coe.int

Web address: www.rickosovo.org

                                                                                            EUROPEAN AGENCY
                                                                                           FOR RECONSTRUCTION




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