Protection of the Holy Mother of God MonasteryProtection of the Holy Mother of God Monastery

Protection of the Holy Mother of God Monastery is located in the village of Djunis, 18 km east of Krusevac. The church was built in late 19th century, after the appearance of the Holy Mother of God to a seek girl. The original and modest house of god had been destroyed and restored several times. New church was built in period from 1977 to 1982. This picturesque monastery with spring and church yard is one of the most visited monasteries in this area.


St. Roman MonasterySt. Roman Monastery

Although there are no reliable data on construction of the monastery it is assumed it was build in a place of remains of an older church dating from the 14th century during the rule of Prince Lazar. The monastery got it name after a monk, Roman Sinait, who had lived here and whose grave could still be found in the monastery. St. Roman is also know as a place where Russian noblemen, Nikolay Nikolayevich Raevsky, was buried and whose life served as an inspiration for the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy for his character of count Vronsky in the novel “Anna Karenina”.


Ljubostinja MonasteryLjubostinja Monastery

Five kilometres north of Trstenik, at the left bank of the Ljubostinja River, stands Ljubostinja Monastery with the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God Church. At the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th century, Princess Milica, the widow of late Prince Lazar, erects this monastery as her endowment. Legend has it the monastery was built on a place where Princess Milica saw Prince Lazar for the first time. Around 1393, the princess took the veil at Ljubostinja after which she received her nun’s name – Evgenija. She gathered around all the widows of noblemen killed in Marica and Kosovo battles, among them Jelena – the widow of Despot Uglejsa - or Jefimija as she was called in the monastery.


Naupara MonasteryNaupara Monastery

Monastery dates from the 14th century and according to the legend, Despot Stefan built the church. During the construction of Lazarica Church, Stefan put the best stones aside. When Lazar saw the completed and beautiful church, he exclaimed: “What was on your mind?!” Another legend tells a story of Prince Lazar’s treasure being buried at this spot before the Kosovo Battle. He said it then: “Those who come back alive from Kosovo, BEAR IN MIND (Serbian: NA UM PARE) the money we have buried here.” And that is how the monastery got its name. The greatest artistic values of the monastery are two rosettes on the western facade, one of the most beautiful works of art of the Morava Architecture School.

Drenca MonasteryDrenca Monastery

Drenaca Monastery with a church dedicated to the Presentation of the Holy Theotokos, was built in the mid of the 15th century. The monastery was named after the Drenca Village, 3 km north of town of Aleksandrovac, where this holy house of God was built. It is also known as Dusmanica. This was a way to preserve a memory of the donor of the monastery, Despot Ivanis (or monk Dorotej) and his son Dusman (Danilo - religious name). For a long time the monastery was pretty much ruined and from 2002 to 2006 a serious process of conservation and restoration was conducted enabling visitors of today to admire this pearl of Morava School.


Mrzenica MonasteryMrzenica Monastery

Mrzenica Monastery is situated in the same village it was named after, 10 km from Krusevac in Stalac direction. It was dedicated to the Preservation of the Holy Mother of God. The story tells of the existence of a monastery even in middle ages. A new church was built in 1927, and nuns’ dormitory afterwards, at the remains of an old sanctuary, discovered in 1924.

Rudenica MonasteryRudenica Monastery

Rudenica Monastery with a church dedicated to St. Elias is built in a place south of Veluce. The founder of Rudenica was the landowner of Despot Stefan – Vukasin and his wife Vukosava in 1410. Monastery was ruined until 1935 when it was partially restored. It is an architectural example of Morava School which resembles Lazarica Church in Krusevac. Although the monastery was ruined for a long time, a great number of frescoes were preserved.


Veluce MonasteryVeluce Monastery

Veluce Monastery is situated between villages of Veluce and Ridjevstice, in the middle of a road Krusevac – Trstenik. The monastery was built in 1377 or 1378 in honor of the Presentation of the Holy Theotokos and it is an endowment of the unknown landowner family. Architectural style is the one nourished in Morava School. Around 1389, unknown donor presented this temple to a Russian monastery St. Panteleon at the Mount Athos, when the church frescoes were painted. Not far from the monastery there is a healing water spring called Mivela which is used for coronary diseases.




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