Zitomislic Monastery, Mostar
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Žitomislić is а Serbian Orthodox monastery located near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its church is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Mother of God.HistoryBuildingIn 1566 the Ottoman Empire, as represented by the kadija (qadi) in Nevesinje, granted the Miloradović-Hrabren family a permit to build monastery at Žitomislić over the ruins of an older church. The monastery took more than forty years to complete with the first reference to monks at Žitomislić in 1606. The monastery boasted a highly artistic iconostasis, and housed a scriptorium of considerable activity and renown in its time. At the height of its existence the monastery was supported by large land holdings worked by the monks themselves.Modern historyEarly in the 19th century, the prior Simeon Miljković, took on improvements to the monastery that included guest quarters, local water, and a new vineyard. A seminary was opened in 1858.On June 26, 1941 a detachment of Ustaše tortured and killed the monks of Žitomislić and threw their bodies into a pit. The buildings were plundered; the church was razed and the rest of the compound burnt to the ground. The monastery was rebuilt after the war and the bodies of the martyrs were exhumed and placed in a tomb.In 1992 Žitomislić was destroyed by the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) as part of the ongoing warfare after the collapse of Yugoslavia. At that time the library contained dozens of old manuscripts from the 16th and 17th centuries including a small archive of Turkish documents. The treasury was plundered and the buildings, including the cemetery were dynamited and bulldozed to the ground. The stones were left where they fell, however, and when reconstruction of Žitomislić officially began in April 2002 its prior architecture was meticulously reconstructed. In May 2005 the regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church began in the fully restored Žitomislić Monastery.
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  • most striking in this small monastery-atmosphere of peace and quiet. After the crowds of tourists on the old bridge here just relax!
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  • Go-you will not regret. For trampled by tourists, the monastery survived various aggressive events.
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  • This beautiful monastery is situated in a very quite and peaceful place even though it's along the main regional road. Among lovely nature, Žitomislić monastery gives you a sense of balance and peace ...  more »
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  • Beautiful serbian orthodox monastery on the neretva river valley. The church has been well restored, and the paintings of the walls and ceiling are just incredible. We stopped on our way to Mostar from Medjugorje and it was really worth it, a peaceful place.
  • Žitomislići is a beautiful and serene place along the road between Mostar and Čapljina. It's rather easy to spot the monastery from the road and parking is plentiful. The Orthodox monastery has been in this spot since 16th century and it's faced more than its fair share of hardship. It was destroyed during the civil war in the 1990s and during World War II. The monastery was beautifully restored. The monk at the time of our visit was very welcoming and open to answering questions. If you want to take a break from tourists, crowds, souvenir sellers of Mostar and get a bit of tranquility you should not miss this spot.
  • Cute and cozy, it's worth check if past pass.
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