The Orthodox Arts Journal is sponsoring its first-ever art and architecture package tour, which will take place in the Balkans.
This tour will last 2 to 2-1/2 weeks, and will visit all the key sites for medieval architecture, frescoes, and liturgical art in Serbia, Kosovo, and North Macedonia.
Leading the tour will be Andrew Gould, American church designer and liturgical artist, and founder of the Orthodox Arts Journal. Our local co-leader will be Ivan Krucican, an expert in medieval art from the National Museum in Belgrade.
Andrew chose the Balkans for our tour because of the unique confluence of Eastern and Western artistic influence there. In this region, one can find Romanesque architecture akin to that of Western Europe, but built for Orthodox worship and painted with Byzantine frescoes.
The contemporary adaptation of Orthodox traditions to western culture has been a primary interest of the Orthodox Arts Journal from the beginning. The Balkans allows us to see how a similar convergence occurred in the middle ages. The monuments we see there will be a catalyst for lively discussions about Orthodoxy and art in the contemporary west.
The tour is being organized in collaboration with Fr. Ilya Gotlinsky and Orthodox Tours, who have many years of experience crafting outstanding travel experiences.
The OAJ Balkans tour is scheduled to begin in Belgrade on May, 30th, 2023, and end in Skopje on June 12th.
Anyone with interest in joining this tour, or a future OAJ tour, is asked to write directly to Andrew Gould (email@example.com) to be placed on the email list for this event.