In 1389, Prince Lazar, Serbia’s King Leonidas, stopped the Ottomans from advancing into Europe. Outnumbered more than three to one, he died at the battle of Kosovo which left both armies virtually destroyed. By the time, after finally conquering Serbia in 1459, that the Islamic Ottoman hordes marched onto Vienna, Europe was ready. They were repelled. Had the Serbs not stopped them in Kosovo in 1389 however, the outcome would likely have been much less favourable.
The Battle of Kosovo, also known as the Battle of Kosovo Field or the Battle of Blackbird's Field (Serbian: Косовска битка, Бој на Косову; Kosovska bitka; Boj na Kosovu; Turkish: Kosova Meydan Savaşı), took place on St. Vitus' Day, June 15,[A] 1389, between the army led by Serbian Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović, and the invading army of the Ottoman Empire under the leadership of Sultan Murad I. The army under Prince Lazar consisted of his own troops, a contingent led by Serbian nobleman Vuk…
Vidovdan is a Serbian national and religious holiday, a slava (feast day) celebrated on June 28 (Gregorian Calendar), or June 15 according to the Julian calendar, in use by the Serbian Orthodox Church to venerate St. Vitus. The Serbian Church designates it as the memorial day to Saint Prince Lazar and the Serbian holy martyrs who fell during the epic Battle of Kosovo against the Ottoman Empire on June 28, 1389. It is an important part of Serb ethnic and Serbian national identity.
Kaona Monastery is located 30 km from Šabac, in the vicinity of the village of Vladimirci, Serbia. It was built in 14th century as the endowment of Ikonia, the sister of Miloš Obilić, famous Serbian hero who lost his life in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. | Манастир Каона се налази на 30 км од Шапца, у близини села Владимирци. Изграђен је у 14. веку, као задужбина Иконије, сестре Милоша Обилића. | Photo: _lenix_