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Gracanica Monastery, Gracanica

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Gracanica Monastery, a World Heritage site, represents the height of Serbian Byzantine tradition with a touch of Renaissance, and is adorned with well-preserved frescoes that date back to 1321. The monastery, with its five domes and precious decorative elements, is considered to be a first-class architectural achievement of the era. More than 20 nuns live and work on the premises, dedicating their lives to monastic obediences as well as to icon painting, agriculture, and sewing. View the lavish interiors of the monastery, where you'll see representations of the early life of Jesus. Look for the Day of Judgment fresco, which shows sinners being sent into eternal flames. Put Gracanica Monastery and other Gracanica attractions into our Gracanica trip itinerary maker tool , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Its a medieval monastery, with gorgeous frescoes covering every inch of the inside. Takes you right back to the 14th century.  more »
  • A very interesting place for the christian history in Kosovo and the multi-religion country as well. Wonderful architecture of the buildings in a large square with park and houses for the nun. Overwel...  more »
  • Beautiful Monastery complex of the oldest in the Balkans. Axizeito miss you!. Functions in Serbian, and of course toyristikasoybernir.
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  • Monastery Gracanica-1321, Gracanica - Serbian Kosovo and Metohija Serbian King Milutin - Stefan Urosh II (1253-1321) UNESCO The monastery of Gracanica was built by King Milutin in 1321 and dedicated to the Assumption of the Most Holy Theotokos. The monastery is located in the village of Gračanica, 10 km away from Pristina, the administrative center of Kosovo and Metohija-Serbia. The monastery belonged to the Eparchy of the Raska-Prizren Serbian Orthodox Church and represents an immovable cultural asset as a cultural monument of exceptional significance. The monastery of the Holy Virgin in South Serbia, on the left bank of the Gracanke River, the right tributary of Sitnica, south of Pristina in Kosovo, is the responsibility of Serbian King Milutin (Stefan Urosh II), his wife Simonida and his son Stefan. It was erected in 1321 and endowed with rich gifts, both in the estate and in the privileges. It was erected at the site of the old church where the chair of the Lipljan Diocese was. Right after the monastery Gracanica, this eparchy is sometimes called Gracanica. The time of the 14th and 15th centuries was a period of great spiritual glory of the monastery. In Gracanica, hundreds of monks who had developed a very intense spiritual and artistic activity came to life. In the second quarter of the 16th century there was also the center of the New Town Metropolitan who brought the first printing house to the monastery. Later, due to the great Turkish zulum, the monastery was abandoned and the church was used for parish needs. After the Second World War, the monastery was rebuilt by the monk and since then it has served as a female monastery. Today, there are 20 sisters who are engaged in iconography, connection, agriculture and other monastic hearings. After the war in Kosovo and Metohija in 1999, the seat of the bishop of Raska-Prizren, who had to leave Prizren, was transferred to the Gračanica Monastery. The monastery became not only a spiritual but also a national and political center of the Serbian people of this region. It organizes numerous meetings and meetings with international representatives on a daily basis in order to ensure the survival and life of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija. Monastery church The Gracanica Monastery is one of the most important monuments of the old Serbian culture. The church is made of tin stone placed in rows of double and triple rows of bricks and has five cubes and three apses. It has been performed in aesthetic and architectural perfection and is very consistent proportions. The Church of the Gračanica Monastery is a building with five cubits with the base of the inscribed cross, and as such belongs to a group of first-class architectural achievements of its time. Outside was built at the end of the 14th century at the time of Prince Lazarus.
  • Today (08 February 2018) we enjoyed our visit in Gracanica. There is a lot to see... Welcome!
  • One of the oldest Serbian Monastery, a true beauty of Serbian culture and history!
  • Incredible Monastery in Serbia! Gracanica speaks to the history and heritage of Serbia.
  • Amazing Serbian culture that originates in 12/13 century! Serbias monastery is older than Columbus...
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