Ravanica Monastery, Cuprija

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Ravanica is a Serbian Orthodox monastery on Kučaj mountains near Ćuprija in Central Serbia. It was built in 1375 - 1377 as an endowment of prince Lazar of Serbia, who is buried there. The Ravanica church is called the birthplace of the new artistic movement "Morava school" because of architectural and artistic features. It is original blend of the Mount Athos and the cross-in-square five-domed model that became standard in the time of King Milutin.Ravanica was declared Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Republic of Serbia.HistoryBuilt between 1375 and 1377, Ravanica is the famous Prince Lazar's foundation, where he was buried after his death in the Kosovo battle. Since then, Ravanica has been a pilgrim's destination and an important center of cultural activities and the Serbian people's assemblies. The monastery has been assaulted and damaged by the Turks several times, in 1386, 1398 and 1436. In the great war after the second siege of Vienna a number of monks were killed and the rest of them, in 1690, took the relics of the sainted Prince Lazar withdrawing, in front of the Turkish offensive. Only in 1717 the only survived among the monks, Teacher Stefan came back in Ravanica and found the monastery looted and deserted. With the help of the local inhabitants he restored the monastery and built a new narthex. The monastery suffered repeated assaults during the Serbian revolution, at the beginnings of the 19th century. The new restoration took place in the mid-19th century. During the World War II, Germans violated and damaged the monastery once more, and detained, tortured and killed its archimandrite Makarije on 24 February 1943.
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  • The paintings inside are well preserved for its age. I was surprised by the architecture and landscape and it is a peacefull place to relax.  more »
  • the monastery, where they guard the bridge and St. Cara Lazara, beautifully arranged environment of the monastery. There is a Priory of shops where you can buy the proiyvode monastery-honey, wine, relics etc. Abbess will show this in very beautiful edifice of medieval Serbian architecture. Wonderful day spent in nature, an event to remember.
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  • If you specify the path through the Cupriju visit this monastery guarding an interesting history of the Serbian people. Was erected, end of 14th century and here to guard the the bridge of Prince Lazar.
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  • Monastery Ravanica monastery in Serbia and is located at the foot of Kučaj Mountains, near the village Senje at Cuprija. The monastery was founded by Prince Lazar, one of the most celebrated figures of medieval fighting against the Turks.Construction of the monastery began in 1376 and was completed five years later, in 1381. Architecturally, the building of the church in Ravanica, dedicated to the Svetog Spasa, Vaznesenja Gospodnjeg, begins a new era architecture in Serbia called "Moravia school".After the fall of the Serbian state, the monastery was destroyed several times. For the first time in 1439 years, to the early 18th century, was completely abandoned. In it, the first after 28 years returned Ravanička monk Stefan. The monastery was surrounded by great wall reinforced with towers of which today there are ruševine.During the second half of the 18th century became the center of Ravanica insurgent movement for liberation from the Turks, which has been repeatedly damaged. Charter of Prince Lazar's monastery got over 1,000 hectares of forest and more than 20 hectares of arable land. Precision was listed and the list of villages that entered the monastery grounds, one of which was the village Straight. The monastery is named after the river Ravanica near Cuprija which flows into the Velika Morava.
  • Beautifull yard and nature with preserved monestery and surounding gives very nice impression. Nature arround the monestery walls is amazing.
  • A nice small monastery
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  • 14-century Serbian Orthodox monastery! Well-preserved frescoes despite centuries by the türkrn long zrtstörung! It's impressive!
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