| 27 stika, nego od kompozitnih betona, i jer im je unutrašnja konstrukcija od čelika, umesto od aluminijuma. To ih čini prepoznatljivim i na dodir, u šta ćete, nadamo se, moći da se i sami uverite kada u Beogradu bude otvoren Park srpskih svetinja i kulturne baštine sa nekoliko desetina modela manastira i crkava. Takoće svi srpski najveći spomenici biti sagrađeni još jednomkao za 21. vek primereni čuvari i obnovitelji nacionalnog pamćenja i putokazi ka onimveličanstvenimoriginalnim biserima iz riznice kulturnog blaga naše zemlje. The rst park adornedwith replicas of Serbia’s twelve most spiritually and culturallyvaluablemonasteries– from Gračanica andStudenica, toRavanica and the Patriarchate of Peć, but alsoMileševa, Krušedol, Visoki Dečani, Tronoša, Lazarica, Žiča and Pavlovac – opened in the former Serbian capital city of Kruševac at the end of June this year. Thus, as the result of a private initiative and support from institutions and prominent public gures, a comprehensive programme topromote Serbian cultural heritage, bothdomestically and internationally, was launched with the aim of ensuring our most valuable culturalmonuments remain in sight of Serbian citizens today, when some of these gems are practically inaccessible, and deservedly drawing the attention of the entire civilised world to them, through the organisingof exhibitions in major foreign centres. Showing that things are progressing well is the fact thatmodels of theGračanica andRavanicamonasteries were recentlymounted in front of the Patriarchate of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, while a slightly smallermodel of Gračanica is set, in the days ahead, to nd its permanent placewithin thebuilding of the UN Secretariat in New York. In conversation with Dr. Boris Stajkovac, Chairman of the CENET Board of Directors, we discovered that the idea for this excellent project had been smouldering for many years. Initially, the founders of what would go on to become a formal organisation were extremely impressed by attractive mini-parks in Brussels, Istanbul, Hamburg and some other European cities, where the sense of their existence mostly concludes in the sphere of entertainment and tourist attractions, but they then realised that such parks could have a far more comprehensive role in Serbia. “Wewill sendourmonasteries to all continents. To adorn the yards of our churches and remind us of who and what we are. But that will also be an opportunity for our citizens and our children tobetter acquaint themselveswith these holy sites that are nowdi cult to visit in Kosovo. To see and remember them; to understandwhat theymean to us. In a year inwhich we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of our Church, we are striving toprovide our contribution in this unique way,” says Stajkovac. “All of thesemodelsofmonasteriesareproduced according to thedesigns of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia, andareproducedby hand, through the shaping of models in clay and then the formingofmoulds using the latestmaterials, which makes it possible for us to create multiple examples (at a scale of 1:78), so they can also be very attractive and valuable gifts of our country to other cities and capitals. CENET’s miniature three-dimensional replicas produce an Boris Stajkovac i vladika kruševački David Boris Stajkovac and Bishop David of Kruševac impression of almost supernatural authenticity, and that’s because they are not made from special plastics, but rather fromcomposite concrete, and because their internal construction ismade of steel insteadof aluminium. This also makes them recognisable to the touch, which we hope you will be aable to see for yourself when the“Parkof SerbianHolySites andCultural Heritage”, featuring several dozenmodels of monasteries and churches, opens inBelgrade.” All of Serbia’s greatest monuments will, thus, be built once again, as 21st century exemplary guardians and restorers of national memory, and as signposts directing towards thosemagni cent original gems fromthe treasury of Serbia’s cultural treasures. Ravanica, zadužbina Kneza Lazara Ravanica, an endowment of Prince Lazar Gračanica kralja Milutina King Milutin’s Gračanica Pećka patrijaršija, mauzolej patrijarha Patriarchate of Peć, Mausoleum of patriarchs