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Hilandar has always been an advanced literary and educational centre. Many works of old Serbian literature were translated or written there.
The library of Hilandar is furnished with over a 1000 precious manuscripts dating from the 12th till the 19th century, most of them Serbian, but there are also Greek, Russian and Bulgarian ones. Not only the importance of their historical and theological contents but also the ornamentation in forms of beautiful initials and miniatures is what makes the manuscripts works
Besides Christian saints, the frescoes of dazzling beauty portray characters from Serbian history: Nemanja, Sava, Milutin, Lazar, Milos Obilic. There are over 1000 icons in Hilandar, the oldest dating from the 12th century and the newest from the 20th century. Seven of the icons are miraculous. They represent a spiritual bond between the monks of Hilandar on one side and God and Christian saints on the other. For 805 years already icon lamps have been burning in front of the icons and the prayers have not stopped. The oldest icon is a madonna- Bogorodica Odigitrija, mosaic from the 12th century. Documents of importance to Serbian and world history can also be found in Hilandar: charters, letters, typicons...
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