Restoration of the St. Demetrius temple in the village of Sušica

During spring of 2014, blessed by Bishop Theodosius and initiated with wholehearted devotion of administer of the temple, father Sava Šmigić, as well as by the generous help of local residents, began the restoration of the temple.

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The temple dedicated to St. Demetrius is located in the edge of village Sušica, within the municipality of Gračanica. The time of erecting this temple is linked to the XIIIth century. It belongs to the Serbian-Byzantine style group and in architectural terms it is related to a little younger and more magnificent Gračanica. Its foundations are rectangular shaped with an engraved cross and a octagon shaped dome. It has the typical form of the above mentioned stylistic group. Bricklaying was done by placing alternating rows of stones and bricks bonded by a thicker layer of plaster.

After expert consultations and completion of necessary research, it was decided to begin by applying substrate for wall iconography and by working on the parapets of the nave and the altar.

The substrate for the wall iconography was applied on an area of 190m2 of wall surfaces. After consultation with iconographer and analyzing methods of construction, quality of materials, wall thickness, degree of moisture and other parameters needed for decision-making, the works were carried out using the method “wet on wet”, which significantly enhanced the quality of the final layer of the substrate for the iconography.

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In charge for the parapet works was a freelance artist Dragomir Ristić Braca and his assistants. On an area of 22m2 by the technique of stone heap emboss, cluster fields of nave and relief at the head of the altar area, were processed. The contexture of the rich relief contains the following elements: the monogram of Christ, a basket with bread and fish and the corresponding geometric elements. In this ancient monolithic and monochrome sculpting technology, at the height of 110 cm all side-walls of the church interior were processed. After processing and drying, the entire works were impregnated and polished with wax. Since commenced, the works were completed within thirty working days.

The interior plastering of Sušica village church in Gračanica was a co-financed project by Serbian Orthodox Church and CHwB Kosovo office.

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