Serbia

 


 
Orthodox Monasteries Total Index: 022 

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1. Banjska Monastery

Address: 38216 Banjska, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo, Serbia
Tel/Fax: 028/669-145,669-146
Email: info@banjska.org
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: 1317
Celebration:  St. Stephan First
Other:  Monks Monastery
Extended Information/Photos: The monastery church dedicated to the Holy Archdeacon Stefan was built in the same location where the seat of the Banjska diocese existed in the 13th century, during the rule of Milutin's father, King Uros I. The church of Banjska Monastery is a part of the Raska church school. It was built using the plan of the church of the Theodokos in Studenica as a model.
A major  restoration of Banjska Monastery began in July 2003.

WWW Links:
 
www.banjska.org
 http://www.kosovo.com/ebanjska.html

 

2. Decani (Dechany) Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: 1327-1331
Celebration/Hram:  Ascension of the Lord
Other:
monastery for men  
Extended Information/Photos: The Monastery is situated in the valley of the Bistrica river, amidst the hills of the Western part of Kosovo Region, known as METOHIA - the Land of Monasteries.   It was built between 1327 and 1335 by the Serbian medieval king St. Stephen of Decani (Stefan Decanski) and was dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord. The monastery is settled in the picturesque valley of the Bistrica river surrounded by the mountains and forests of the Prokletije mountain range. It is the largest and best preserved medieval monastery in Serbia.Today a young brotherhood of 30 brethren lives in the monastery continuing the centuries old tradition of the past. The brotherhood has developed various activities: wood carving, icon painting, book publishing and is also active in the missionary work. The beautiful monastic services are served according to the typicon of Mount Athos.
The monastery has the relics of St. Stefan Decanski.

The Monastery has survived after the Kosovo war (1998-2000) and the Brotherhood today lives as an isolated Serbian Orthodox island among hostile Kosovo Albanian Moslem population. This holy site survives only thanks to the protection of Italian forces which have blocked every access to the monastery. Beside all this the Monastery still attracts many internatinal visitors from the UN Mission and KFOR. Thanks to KFOR military convoys occasionally the monastery is visited also by Serb pilgrims from Kosovo and Central Serbia.

WWW Links: http://www.kosovo.com/main.html  
http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Icons_and_Frescoes/Frescoes/Visoki_Decani/index.shtml
 

 
3. Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: N/A
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
Extended Information/Photos: N/A
WWW Links: http://www.djurdjevistupovi.org.yu/

 
4. Gornjak (Gornyak) Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: N/A
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos: The monastery was erected by Holy Knez Lazar.
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5. Gradac Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: 13th Century
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
Extended Information/Photos: Gradac Monastery  is endowement of the Serbian queen Helen de Anjoy from 13th century.
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6. Lazarica (Lazarytsa)  Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: N/A
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos: The monastery was erected by Holy Knez Lazar.
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7. Lovnica (Lovnitsa) Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: N/A
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos: The monastery was erected by King Dragutin.
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8. Ljubostinja (Lyubostinya) Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: 1388
Celebration/Hram:  Dormition of the Virgin
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos:

Ljubostinja monastery founded by Prince Lazar's wife, Princess Milica in 1388 with its Church of the Dormition of the Virgin is considered to be one of the most elegant architectonic monuments of mediaeval Serbia: the domed building, situated in a very pleasant environment, displays the form of an inscribed cross combined with a trefoil. This is maybe the only Serbian monastery where the names of both the chief builder and painter have been preserved.



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9. Moraca (Moracha) Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established:1252 
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos: Founder and patron of the monastery is Knez Stefan.
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10. Mileseva  Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: N/A
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
Extended Information/Photos:  Founder and patron of the monastery is King Vladislav. The monastery has the relics of St. Sava.

 


WWW Links: http://www.uzice.net/mileseva/sadrzaj.htm
http://www.uzice.net/mileseva/razglednica.htm


 

11. Manasija  Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: 15h Century
Celebration/Hram:  Holy Trinity
Other:
 
Extended Information/Photos:

Manasija Monastery, founded by Despot Stefan Lazarevic in the first half of the 15th century, has the best  preserved medieval fortification in the country. Its high defensive walls were once additionally protected by 12 towers and a series of hanging machicolations. Within this fortified enclosure there are today: the ruins of the old Refectory, the reconstructed monastic residence with a valuable private library and the Church of the Holy Trinity with its exceptionally fine fresco paintings.



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12.  Ozren Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: N/A
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos: The monastery was founded by King Dragutin.
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13.  Pec Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: N/A
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos: N/A
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14. Raca (Racha) Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: 1276-1316
Celebration/Hram:  Ascension of the Lord
Other:
 
Extended Information/Photos:The Monastery of Rača (Racha), with the church dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord, is situated in the vicinity of Bajina Bašta, a town in western Serbia, on the right bank of the Drina-river at the base of the Tara mountain. According to Serbian tradition, this monastery was founded by the Serbian King Dragutin (1276-1316, King of Syrmium, brother of King Milutin and brother-in-law of Hungarian King Stephen V). The monastery was several times burned down, plundered and reconstructed. Today's church building dates from 1826.
WWW Links: http://www.uzice.org.yu/raca/

 
15. Racovika Monastery

Address:  Manastir Rakovica, Patrijarha Dimitrija 34, 11000 Beograd, Serbia, Serbia and Montenegro
Phone: +381 11 356 4497
Divine Liturgy Service
: Slavonic and Serbian     
Established: Between 1377 and 1385
Celebration/Hram:  Monartery Church is dedicated to St. Archangel Michael, and Monastery celebrates Dormition of The Most Holy Theotokos ("Slava") 28 of August
Other:
monastery for women 


Extended Information/Photos:
The monastery was built in the14th century respecting the Morava School style. At that time, it was a monastery for men, but nowdays Rakovica is monastery for women. Since the beginning, Monastery Rakovica played significant role - not only in religious life, but in protecting Serbian cultural and national heritage as well. The family tomb set up by Jevrem Obrenović, is located in the enclosed church front yard (parvis), whlie the grave of duke Vasa Čarapić lies by the northern wall of the parvis. In 1909 Holy Hierarch Nikolai of Serbia accepted monastic tonsure in the Rakovica Monastery. The monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. During repeated NATO bombings the walls of monastery building, including the church, are severely shaken and fissures appeared. Outside the Monastery walls is well of Sveta Petka, with healing water.

WWW Links: http://www.uputstva.co.yu/manastiri/eparhije/beogradska/mihaila/mihaila.htm
http://www.beograd.org.yu/english/upoznaj/religija/spc/manastir.htm#MANASTIR%20RAKOVICA

 

16. Ravanica (Vrdnik Ravanica) Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: 1381
Celebration/Hram:  Ascension of the Lord
Other:
 
Extended Information/Photos:
The monastery Vrdnik Ravanica, for centuries lies in the greenery of Fruska or Frushka Gora-the mountain of Srem and the national park of Vojvodina.

Ravanica monastery, founded by the Serbian Prince Lazar in the second half of the 14th century, is the most typical example of what is called the Morava school of Serbian medieval architecture. The monastery's five-domed Church of the Ascension displays rather badly damaged but very fine frescoes. A transparent coffin containing relics of the great and highly devoted Prince Lazar, killed in the battle of Kosovo 28th/15th June 1389 and soon afterwards declared saint, is now displayed in this church (the relics can be seen only on Sundays).
WWW Links:
http://www.srpskoblago.org/Archives/Ravanica/
http://www.serbia-info.com/enc/monuments/ravanica.html
http://www.yuta.co.yu/en/TRAVELGUIDE/Ravanica.asp


 

17. Sopocani (Sopochany)  Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: 1265
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos: Founder and patron of the monastery is King Uros.
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18. Studenica Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: around 1190
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
Extended Information/Photos:
Studenica Monastery was built somewhere around 1190, near picturesque canyon of Ibar, 11 kilometers from the settlement Usce on the Ibar's highway. The monastery is on the place full of aromatic pine forests, between the mountains Radocelo (1643m) and Cemerno (1348m), that merge into one going down toward the river Studenica. The monastery with its surrounding makes a unique and harmonious totality of permanent and exciting beauty.Studenica and Chilandar round off Nemanja's foundations, representing his highest achievements as a builder and Christian. To Nemanja's founder accomplishment joins the work of his sons - the Grand Prince Vukan and the Grand Prince Stefan, but certainly the greatest role in completing the monastery and the organization of the monastic life within had Rastko, i.e. the monk Sava.The architecture, sculpture and painting of Studenica cathilicon seem all intended to symbolize the mystery of Salvation according to the New Testament. The monastery has the relics of St. Simeon.
 
WWW Links:
http://www.studenica.org.yu/ ,
http://blago.serbianunity.net/Archives/Studenica/map_road.html
http://rs.risjak.net/studenica/

 


 
19.  Tauna Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: N/A
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos: The monastery was founded by King Dragutin.
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20. Tronosa (Tronosha)  Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: N/A
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
 
Extended Information/Photos: The monastery was founded by King Dragutin.
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21. Uvac Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: before 1622
Celebration/Hram: 
Other:
 
Extended Information/Photos: Uvac (Vuvac) Monastery is situated on the river having the same name, at the foot of the Priboj's Crni Vrh (Black Peak) on the southwestern side and below the slopes of the mountain Zlatibor on the northeast. Uvac has been destroyed and restored several times, but it was not recorded when it had experienced the last cataclysm, since after that it was not restored till out time. The oldest written trace about Uvac Monastery has been found on the pages of an Old gospel dated in 1622.
WWW Links: http://www.uzice.org.yu/uvac/uvace.htm

22. Zica Monastery

Address:  
Divine Liturgy Service: Serbian
Established: 13th Century
Celebration/Hram:  Ascension of the Lord
Other:
 
Extended Information/Photos:

Founded by the Serbian King Stefan "the First-Crowned" at the beginning of the 13th century is of great historical importance. The Church of the Ascension served as the first see of the independent Serbian Archbishopric and played a very important role in the religious, political and cultural life of mediaeval Serbia. In its basic features, the architecture of Zica, which has undergone considerable changes, belongs to the oldest school of Serbian medieval architecture. The interior fresco decoration dates from various periods.



WWW Links: http://www.zica.org.yu/


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