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CHURCH OF SAINT GEORGE

In the crypt of the temple on Oplenac many members of the Karadjordjevic dynasty were buried. Besides the great ruler, there are also the bodies of the two kings, two dukes, princesses and princes, and the interior of the Church of Saint George itself astonishes both experts and laymen. According to many people, it is one of the most beautiful christian buildings. Mosaics dominate in the Mausoleum on Oplenac, covering the area of 3.500 metres on which there are even 725 paintings with 1500 figures. The arhitecture of Oplenac is …

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ZICA MONASTERY

Zica monastery is located in the village called Krusevica, 4 kilometres far away from Kraljevo. It has been an endowment of the king Stefan Prvovencani since the beginning of the 13th century. After obtainig the church autonomy, Zica was the seat of the first Serbian arcbishop Sava Nemanjic. In it, the king Stefan Prvovencani was crowned, as the first king from the dynasty of Nemanjic, as well as the later rulers of that famous dynasty. The building belongs to the Raska architecture style and it was strongly influenced by the …

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STUDENICA MONASTERY

Studenica monastery is 75 kilometres far away from Vrnjacka Banja, located in the valley of the river Studenica. The Church of Nortre Dame (Mother of God) was built by a great leader of the state, Stefan Nemanja, at the end of the 12th century. He also wanted to be burried in there. After his death in 1199, he was soon proclaimed to be saint and he was named Simeon Mirotocivi, due to the miraculous smelly chrisms (liquids) flowing out from the grave, which was considered to be the greatest grace. …

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LJUBOSTINJA MONASTERY

It is located in a valley of the Ljubostinja river, 17 kilometres south of Vrnjacka banja, and it was dedicated to the Assumption of the Holly Mother of God. The monastery was built by princess Milica from 1388 to 1405. “Ljubovstinja” (which means in Old Slavic language “a place of love”) was named because on that place, on the former fair, the future spouses met for the first time. After the building of the monastery, and after the death of her husband – the duke Lazar, Milica entered the monastic …

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PUSTINJA MONASTERY (DESERT MONASTERY)

Pustinja monastery is in the village called Pocuta, about 19 kilometres far away from Valjevo. According to the legend, it was founded in the 13th century at the ime of the rule of the Serbian king Dragutin. Regardless of the legend, the present monastery lies on foundations which date earlier than the 11th century. The first mentioning of the monastery was in 1572. It was most probably named after the desert-men, the monks, who lived in the secret caves in the surroundings.
It has a very beautiful rood screen with the …

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CELIJE MONASTERY

Celije monastery is located about 6 kilometres south-west from Valjevo, on a small hill above the river Gradac. It was built in the 13th century, and it was renewed in the 18th century. The monastery church was dedicated to Saint Archangels michael and Gavril. In the monastery port, a great otrthodox thinker Ava Justin Popovic was burried. The building of the monastery is connected with the king Dragutin from the dynasty of Nemanjics. It was mentioned in 1560 in the first written historical sources. It has been burned several times, …

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LELIC MONASTERY

In the centre of Lelic, a village nearby Valjevo, a church was built in 1929, and it was proclaimed to be a monastery in 1997. In it, there are the relics of Saint bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic. Nikolaj Velimirovic (5. January 1880 – 18. March 1956) was a famous theologist and bishop of the Serbian Orthodox church. He was born in Lelic, in a farmer¢s family, which was religious, too. His education started in the Celije monastery, and he got his Master¢s degree when he was 29 years old, in Bern. …

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VUJAN MONASTERY

Vujan monastery is near the main road between Cacak and Gornji Milanovac, near the village called Prislonica, on the slopes of Vujan mountain. It is supposed that an old monastery Obrovin was built in the time of the Nemanjic dynasty. The present temple was renewed in 1805, due to duke Nikola Milicevic Lunjevica on the Holly Grave of an unknown monk. In the temple there are the relics of the dukes from the Serbian Uprisings, of Lazar Mutap and Nikola Milicevic Lunjevica. His granddaughter – the queen of Serbia, Draga …

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KLISURA MONASTERY

It is located at the top of the hill above the mount of the river Rzav into the river Moravica, only 10 kilometres from Ivanjica on the road leading to Arilje. According to the tradition, Saint Sava blessed this monastery in the 13th cenuty. In the Turkish registers, it was mentioned in 1560 and in 1572 as a monastery of Saint Archangels. The Turks burned it in 1688, and the monks moved to Vojvodina, led by the patriarch Arsenije Carnojevic, in 1960. Today, there are three churches in the monastery. …

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THE CHURCH LAZARICA

The church Lazarica is located on a hill above Ivanjica, 780 metres above the sea level, 4 kilometres away from the town. According to the tradition, Bosko Jugovic was buried here. 40 to 50 years ago, people said that an unknown man who came to Stari Vlah found a tomb stone and some remnants of a church in the mountain above Ivanjica, and he told to the people: “This is the grave of Bosko Jugovic. He was wounded in Kosovo, and he came and died here, so this church had …