Church of St. Nicholas, Prizren
|Church of St. Nicholas|
|Црква светог Николе у Призрену|
St Nicholas Church, vandalized and desecrated after 2004 unrest in Kosovo
|Denomination||Serbian Orthodox Church|
|Functional status||vandalized and closed|
|Heritage designation||Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance Serbia|
|Number of domes||1|
|Diocese||Eparchy of Raška and Prizren|
The Church of St. Nicholas (Serbian: Црква светог Николе/Crkva Svetog Nikole), also known as Tutić Church (Tutićeva crkva) is a Serbian Orthodox church located in Prizren in Kosovo[a]. It was founded in 1331-1332 by Dragoslav Tutić, whose monastic name was Nikola (Nicholas), and his wife Bela. Later, the church became a possession of the Visoki Dečani Monastery. Since 1990, it has been on Serbia's list of Monuments of Culture of Exceptional Importance. At the time of the 2004 unrest in Kosovo, the church was vandalized. Since 2005, with financial support from the European Union, work has been undertaken to restore the church to its original state.
The church of St. Nicholas is a small stone and brick single-nave church, with a central octagonal dome, reconstructed at the end of the 1970s. The altar apse is semicircular, with semicircular niches for diaconicon and proskomidia. The builder's inscription is only partially preserved but 19th century manuscripts indicate that the church was built in 1331-1332.
The frescoes in the church are preserved to a degree and are assumed to have been introduced immediately after the church's construction. Based on their style, theme and layout, they are thought to have been painted by the group of painters behind the oldest painting in St. Saviour Church, Prizren and the frescoes in the church of St. George in Rečani near Suva Reka, destroyed in mid-1999.
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Notes and references
|a.||^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments normalised relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognised as an independent state by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- Monuments of Culture in Serbia: Crkva Svetog Nikole, Prizren (SANU) (Serbian) (English)
- Ekspertska delegacija Saveta Evropa zavrsila posetu spomenicima Kosovu did i Metohija koji su u unisteni martovskom pogromu, May 17, 2004, http://www.kosovo.net
- Church of St Nicholas (Tutic'church), Prizren, http://www.rickosovo.org, Reconstruction Implementation Commission for Serbian Orthodox Religious Sites in Kosovo