Manasija Monastery, Despotovac

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Manasija, also known as Resava, is a Serbian Orthodox monastery near Despotovac, Serbia, founded by Despot Stefan Lazarević between 1406 and 1418. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. It is one of the most significant monuments of medieval Serbian culture and it belongs to the "Morava school". The monastery is surrounded by massive walls and towers. Immediately following its foundation, the monastery became the cultural centre of the Serbian Despotate. Its School of Resava was well known for its manuscripts and translations throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, even after the fall of the Despotate to the Ottoman Turks. Manasija complex was declared Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Republic of Serbia, and monastery have entered a UNESCO Tentative List Process in 2010.Architecture and historyThe founding charter of the monastery has, unfortunately, not been preserved. The Manasija Monastery, also known as Resava, was built two kilometres northwest from the town of Despotovac, in the picturesque ravine. Construction of the monumental mausoleum and the fortified town lasted about a decade, with breaks. During this period, a church, large refectory, lodgings, adjacent buildings, towers and walls, fortifications with protective walls and trenches were constructed. Add Manasija Monastery and other attractions to your Despotovac trip itinerary using our Despotovac trip planner.
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  • This monastery was one of our favourite spots in Serbia. Beautifully located, impressive building, perfect photo spot and idyllic surroundings to wander through.  more »
  • The fortified monastery is very well restored and preserved. The church has beautiful frescoes. The walls are really impressive. Definitely worth the travel!  more »
  • Very, very beautiful, peaceful place among the green hills. The monastery is surrounded by magnificent towers of the medieval fortress.
  • Fortified 15th century monastery, very nice looking, revoking feelings of medieval times. Definitely a must see when visiting Serbia.
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