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Manasija Monastery, Despotovac

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4.8/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Manasija, also known as Resava, is a Serb 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.
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  • This monastery is simply Grand. The architecture is impressive, we are left in the old days when you go in this monastery. The maintenance of this place makes it even more beautiful than it is already. I recommend it for all the people who have the opportunity to get there!
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  • Absolutely gorgeous! Great piece of history! We have had the luck to be there when they had an event (the end of August) and there was an arena there and people from different countries were there to ...  read more »
  • The Monastery of Manasija is such a beautiful place that it must be visited by anyone coming to Serbia. I had a chance to bring there many friends from abroad and they were all delighted and surprised...  read more »
  • A huge piece of Serbian history standing tall in a beautiful area. A pity to miss.
  • A beautiful monastery protected by the fortress. Manasija was built at the beginning of XV century by Despot Stefan Lazarević.
  • Beautiful Orthodox monastery. Peaceful and full of history.
  • Прелеп манастир! Заиста га треба обићи.
  • Beautiful
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