UNESCO undertook a mission to the Bođani Monastery in Serbia

On 6-8 April 2016, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe undertook a mission to Serbia to get a first-hand contact with the management community of the monastery of Bođani, selected as a virtual-al case study of the Cheap-GSHPs project. The mission, organized in coordination with the Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Vojvodina, aimed at coordinating efforts to accomplish the normative, structural and hydrogeological data as required by the project work plan.

UNESCO’s contribution to the project is focused on demonstrating the compatibility of such innovative systems with the preservation of the architectural integrity in selected real and virtual cases of cultural public buildings in South-East Europe. It contributes to demonstrating and carefully overviewing the compatibility of the proposed innovative geothermal power systems with the conservation of monuments and to enhancing the capacity of management authorities through
dedicated trainings.

Besides other real and virtual case studies, UNESCO is responsible for the virtual case study of the Bođani Monastery in Serbia.
During the mission, UNESCO met the local religious community to introduce and advance the activities foreseen by the Cheap-GSHPs project. The priests are in charge of the maintenance and custodianship of the orthodox monastery located in the Bačka region, in the northern autonomous Serbian province of Vojvodina. The monastery is at a short distance from the village of Bođani, in the Bač municipality.

Declared nationally ‘Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance’ in 1990, the Bođani Monastery is protected under the law of Serbia. The monastery and the surrounding area are also part of the transitional zone of the Mura-Drava-Danube Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, UNESCO designated site.

In the picture, are sitting around the table : Mr Davide Poletto – UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe; Dr Slavica Vujovic – Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments Novi Sad; Mr Zaharije Prokić,
Mr Nikon Cvetićanin, Mr Pimen Pavlović – Religious Community of Bođani Monastery.
A third article will be released in the following weeks with reference to the UNESCO multiple mission with CNR in Croatia and in Bosnia.

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