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Manasija Monastery, Despotovac

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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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  • Very interesting monastery surrounded by fortress walls and towers, 11. In the Centre of the monastery church of the Holy Trinity with preserved frescoes dating back to the XIV-XV centuries. During winter (when there is ice and snow) entrance to the wall is closed at this time is only a church and a monastery shop.
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  • If you will have the opportunity to visit this place for sure. The monastery itself has a very interesting history. Fantastic architecture. Located in a picturesque place.
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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 amazing!!! This place is so peaceful that you cannot imagine, and the high stone walls leave you speechless. It is not too far from Belgrade and definitely worth to see!
  • A must see. Serbian monastery founded by Stefan Lazarevic the ruler of Serbia in the beginning of the 15th century. It was consecrated multiple times so only the quarter of the paintings (frescoes) survived. Byzantine blue paint still can be seen at the surviving paintings.
  • Jako lep manastir opasan mocnim zidinama. U sebi nosi dosta istorije srednjovekovne Srbije pod Despotom Stefanom.
  • 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.