Pupils of the sixth grade of the Elementary School “Stevan Sremac” from Borča near Belgrade, on the initiative of the history teacher Jelica Pendić, made models of the Serbian medieval monasteries of Studenica, Žiča and Mileseva, famous endowments of Nemanjić dynasty, as part of the history section.
In addition to their love for Serbian history, which is their motive for participating in the history section, the students point out that making the model was a challenge in which they had the support and help of teacher Jelica, but also their parents:
“We are pupils of the Stevan Sremac school from Borča near Belgrade and we like to learn the history of medieval Serbia. We are particularly interested in the history of the Nemanjić dynasty, which we are now studying with teacher Jelica, and which gave us ideas to make models of the Nemanjić endowments. In order for this exhibition to look this beautiful, we had the support and help of our parents in making the models,” says Mina Madjar, a student in class VI/1.
According to Elena Buzadžić from class VI/1, the model of the Studenica Monastery is extremely well done, and Bogdan Mijatović, a student of class VI/5, put the most effort into its creation: “The model of the Studenica monastery has a special place in the exhibition, due to its beauty which our friend Bogdan made the most effort”. Bogdan Mijatović, a student of class VI/5, points out: “The Studenica monastery is the endowment of the great župan Stefan Nemanja, Zavida’s son, and is located near the present-day city of Kraljevo. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary, and the church is interesting because it is built of marble and painted in Byzantine blue.”
About the importance of Studenica, Miljana Cvetković from class VI/1 states: “Studenica Monastery was built in the style of the so called “Raška school” style and is known for being the first hospital in Serbia.”