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The Pannonian Sea was a shallow ancient sea located in the area today known as the Pannonian Plain in Central Europe. The Pannonian Sea existed for about 9 million years. Its last remains disappeared in the middle of Pleistocene Epoch, about 600,000 years ago. The remains of the sea exists today in what is known as the Pannonian Basin in central Hungary.
Out of the way of all major roads or larger settlements, the monastery of Poganovo, with its church dedicated to St.John the Evangelist, is situated in the far southeast of Serbia , in an unspoilt wild landscape of the Jerma river. It was constructed around 1390 as an endowment of the mighty Serbian noble, Konstantin and his daughter Jelena, who later married the Byzantine Emperor and became mother to the last two emperors John VIII and Constantine XII.
The monastery church of St.John the Evangelist is a building shaped like three-leaf clover. A group of Moravian style monuments was taken as the model during the construction; however, this church is rather different and much simpler. The construction of the building took place under Turkish authority, so the fact that the walls were painted much later is a proof that sponsors had little time for their foundations. The strong influence of western, especially Italian art of the late Middle Century, affected the Monastery of Poganovo as well as the other monuments with the same style. It can be seen in diffusion of Orthodox spirituality and late Gothic naturalism.
image: by D., on a late afternoon last month
Dry Bridge is a bridge in Zrenjanin, Serbia. It is a unique bridge which does not have any water surface under it.
Some residents claim that Dry Bridge has become an ironic symbol of Zrenjanin, and should not be demolished, on the basis that it is the only bridge in the world that does not span any kind of physical obstacle; this is untrue, however, as Trinity Bridge is another example.
Ratko Mladic, above, in 1993. Via the New York Times:
Ratko Mladic, the fugitive accused of masterminding the massacre at Srebrenica in 1995, had been captured but refused to give details.
Mr. Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb general, was one of the world’s most wanted criminals, evading capture for more than 15 years despite an increasing international effort to hunt him down. Serbian news reports said that he was living under the name of Milorad Komadic and was captured after a tip that he had identification documents for Mladic and appeared physically similar.
Mr. Mladic was blamed for the worst ethnically motivated mass murder on the Continent since World War II that resulted in the massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys from the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
Mr. Mladic had become the main obstacle to Serbia’s candidacy to join the European Union. He had been in hiding since 1995, widely believed to be protected by allies in the Serbian military and intelligence.
(Photo: Petar Kujundzic / Reuters via the New York Times)
image: First page of St. Sava’s Nomocanon, 1262 manuscript
The Nomocanon (Greek: Νομοκανών, Nomokanōn; from the Greek nomos - law and kanon - a rule) of Saint Sava or (Serbian: Zakonopravilo, Savino Zakonopravilo) was the first Serbian constitution and the highest code in the Serbian Orthodox Church, finished in 1219. This legal act was well developed. St. Sava’s Nomocanon was the compilation of Civil law, based on Roman Law and Canon law, based on Ecumenical Councils and its basic purpose was to organize functioning of the young Serbian kingdom and the Serbian church.