Mayor of the City of Novi Sad Mr. Miloš Vučević and the Member of the City Council in charge for Culture Mr. Vanja Vučenović received today the Shaolin monks, who participated in the International Chivalry Festival “Despot Stefan Lazarević”. The Festival, under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomisalv Nikolić, was held from August 25th to August 27th, and was dedicated to the significant jubilee of 600 years of the Manasija Monastery.

- It is my exceptional honor that Novi Sad is hosting the Shaolin Monks, since connecting different cultures and religions is the best possible way to create true values and more a humane society. They visited Serbia in order to participate in the Chivalry Festival, whose aim is to promote Serbian culture and heritage, but also to promote human virtues such as selflessness, forgiveness, and protection of the weak. We cherish sister city relations with the Chinese City of Changchun, which is a reason more to look forward to this visit. – pointed out Mayor Vučević.

During their stay in Novi Sad, the young monks of Shaolin whose daily program has been organized by the City and the Novi Sad Touristic Organization, will tour the Fruška Gora monasteries Grgeteg and Krušedol, as well as one of the Novi Sad Symbols – the Fortress of Petrovaradin. The guests extended their warmest gratitude to the City representatives and expressed their satisfaction for the opportunity to learn about Novi Sad and local sights and landmarks.

In Novi Sad, August 27th 2015