Serbian ruler Stefan Uroš IV Dušan Nemanjić

On this day, 16 April 1346, Serbian ruler Stefan Uroš IV Dušan Nemanjić was crowned emperor. Stefan Dušan was crowned Emperor in Skopje, on Easter Sunday, when he declared the Serbian Patriarchate, or when the Archbishopric elevated to that rank. Coronation executed Patriarch Joanikije and Trnovo Patriarch Simeon.

For his co-ruler, Emperor Dusan decided his son Uros and awarded him the title of king. During Dusan’s rule, the country was occupied more territory than ever before – except countries earlier Serbian Kingdom were there and Epirus, Thessaly, Acarnania, Aetolia and Macedonia to Hristopolja (today’s Kavala) – with the exception of Thessaloniki, as well as the entire territory of present-day Albania.Also, this was the period of greatest economic, political, military and cultural rise of Serbian medieval state. In 1349, adopted the Dušan’s Code, the highest legal act in the state.


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