Do you know why the White Angel disappeared? And four more amazing things about the Serbian holy!
We discover why the most famous fresco from this area was sent into space, and then to the Americans, and how for centuries it has kept the Serbian people safe
Archangel Gabriel, who sits at Christ's tomb wearing a chiton white as snow, with a mysterious look in his eyes is compared with the equally enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa -regardless of the angle at which he is observed - he looks the visitors directly in the eyes ...
And leaves them speechless...
With its grandeur, majesty and mysticism, the Fresco of the "White Angel" from the Church of the Ascension of Christ monastery in Mileševa cannot be compared to any other, and not surprisingly, is one of the most beautiful works of Serbian and European Art of the Middle Ages and as travel writers of the 19th century, simply explained", not even Giotto is comparable."
It is almost impossible to remember a time when she was hidden from the public eye, but the truth is that for four centuries, this fresco, which is normally part of the composition of the "Marys at the tomb of Christ", was hidden, and no one could see it, because in the 16th century another fresco was painted over it.
Thus, the "White Angel", which was painted by unknown authors in the 13th century was hidden between the 16th and 20th centuries when the church was restored in the Ascension of Christ, and the top figure - removed.
Team Telegraf distinguishes five magnificent things about one of the greatest Serbian national treasures.
Trip to outer space
When Europe sent out the first satellite signal into space - a "a clay package of achievements", which was actually a message to any sentient beings in the universe, including pictures- man's conquest of the moon, the Great Wall and the "White Angel".
Despite it being linked to "heaven" and the "paranormal", the fresco was chosen as one of the oldest and most beautiful pieces of art in the world.
A salute from Europeans to American
The first satellite transmission of video signals in 1963, between Europe and North America contained a picture of the "White Angel", that represented a salute of Europeans to Americans.
The Fresco was chosen as one of the most important pieces of art of the Old Continent, a symbol of peace, but also a messenger of the Christian verses: faith, hope and love.
The Ressurection of Christ in Christian teachings is a prerequisite for future resurrection of the righteous, but the views of Believers throughout history were often directed at the "White Angel" fresco, with faith in salvation. That occurred during all the wars that over the years shook the Serbian people, ending with the NATO aggression in 1999.
Miracles were witnessed by many Serbs, but also the people of other faiths, who often came for help to the "White Angel". According to the residents of this area, it is believed that this fresco protected Serbia from even further destruction during '99.
Secret Miraculous powers
Foto: Wikipedia/public domain, Printskrin: Youtube/cumcaki
The miraculous powers of this fresco were explained for many centuries according to one legend, which we convey in full.
Serbian knights, so-called "keepers of the spear of St. George", were famous for their miracles, but these miracles are attributed to the relics which they possessed. Among the "keepers" is a tale of three knights who were in a little church on the Black Rock guarded by Christ's shroud. Crusader hordes, especially the Templars who were coming from the west in 1187, robbed and destroyed everything in their path.
Armed to the bone, with metal armor, and three black heads on their chest, they appeared at dusk in front of the church on the Black Rock, riding black horses. A hundred Templars with only one goal- to take the shroud out of the church.
That evening, three " guardians of the spear of St. George" stood before the terrible army to save the cape . The metallic sound was heard far into the night. When the last knight fell, on the Black Rock appeared a white angel, Gabriel, pointing to the cape that slowly disappeared into the mountain. It is in this actual spot that in the year of 1227 that King Vladislav, the grandson of Stefan Nemanja founded the monastery of Mileseva.
Manastir Milseva is located near Prijepolje on the river Milesevski. The endowment of King Vladislav was from 1234-35. A year later, in 1236, King Vladislav transferred the body of Saint Sava to Milesevo.
Here, in 1377, Bosnian King Tvrtko was proclaimed as King of Serbia.
(Telegraf.co.uk/ Katarina Vukovic)
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