Serbian Monasteries

STUDENICA (Pr. stoo-DEH-nee-tsa) Built in 1196 by Stefan Nemanja. Church of the Holy Virgin harmoniously reconciles two architectural styles, the Romanesque and the Byzantine.

ZICA (Pr. ZHEE-cha) Built by Serbian King Stefan Nemanjic (The First-Crowned) in 1208. It was the first seat of the Serbian Archbishopic.

PEC The Patriarchate of Pec (pr. Pech) and the Church of the Holy Apostles were erected by Archbishop Arsenije in 1250. Church of St. Demetrius was built by Archbishop Nikodim in 1320.

MILESEVA (Pr MEE-le-she-va) Founded by King Vladislav in 1234. One of the most important Serbian sanctuaries and spiritual centers in XIII-th century.

SOPOCANI (Pr. SO-po-cha-nee) Built by King Uros I. Several members of the Nemanjic family were buried in the monastery, including the King's mother Ana Dandolo, Stefan the First Crowned, Grand Duke George and Uros I himself.

GRACANICA (Pr. gra-CHA-nee-tsa) Monumental foundation of King Milutin Nemanjic. His charter includes the following: "I have seen the ruins and the decay of the Holy Virgin's temple of Gracanica, the bishopric of Lipljan, so I have built it from the ground and painted and decorated it both within and without"

DECANI (Pr. DEH-cha-nee) A jewel of the Serbian medieval civilization. Founded by King Stefan Uros III in 1327. Building of the church was supervised by Archbishop Danilo.

RAVANICA (Pr. ra-VAH-nee-tsa) Built by Prince Lazar in 1370. Shortly after Lazar's death at the battle of Kosovo he was buried in the monastery. The first monument of the Morava School of Serbian medieval art.

LJUBISTINJA (Pr. lyu-BO-stee-nya). Founded by Princess Milica and Prince Lazar in 1388. After the battle of Kosovo, Princess Milica became a nun and spent the rest of her life in the monastary.

KALENIC (Pr. KAH-le-nich) Foundation of protovestiar (high Byzantine title) Bogdan, his wife Milica and his brother Peter. The church was built and painted from 1407 till 1413.

MANASIJA (Pr. ma-NAH-see-ya) Founded by Despot Stefan Lazarevic. Built and painted from 1407 till 1418, and surrounded by massive walls and towers.


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