Griechische Gemeinde in Belgrad am Übergang aus dem XVlll. ins XIX. Jahrhundert

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Vladimir Stojančević


After the First Serbian Uprising in 1804 there was a large Greek
community in Belgrade. Its representatives were well-known tradesmen,
lessees of ferry crossings, craftsmen, and inn-keepers, and they
were all organized in guilds.
The Greek Church was under the protection of the Metropolitan
of the Belgrade who enjoyed the immunity of a representative of the
Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Greek and the Tsintsar colonies in
Belgrade promoted the traditions and ways of life of their own countries
and of Greek-Byzantine civilisation, and their spiritual activity was
remarkable. They were also well informed about current cultural events
in Europe and thus influenced the culture of Belgrade.
After the Turkish tyrants seized power, between 1801 and 1806
the members of the colony were wiped out together with their fortunes,
while the Serbian administration between 1806 and 1813, due to constant
war against the Turks, could not restore the Greek community.
New developments took place only after 1815, but with different consequences
and trends.

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