Manasija, also known as Resava, is a Serbian 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.Add Manasija Monastery and other attractions to your Despotovac trip itinerary using our Despotovac trip planner .
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AG PJuly 21, 2017
I was amazed when I saw this place. It was completely unexpected and well worth the drive. The walled fortress is huge and imposing, walking through them presents the monastery itself which is also am... more »
Dragana SJuly 17, 2017
Entering to this holly place you have to feel something if you are open minded. I am Orthodox and not religious, but here I have talked to some high spirit. Touching tomb of Despot Stefan Lazarević wa... more »
Sasha LJuly 2, 2017
Fortified monastery from medieval founded from Despot Stefan Lazarević. This is one of the most important Serbian monasteries as it was the center of the transcript school in the medievals. more »
ChocoJune 12, 2017
Withdrawn in peace and tranquility in the picturesque gorge of the river Resava, topped with Pastorak and Macija, not far from Despotovac located monastery Manasija, Moravian monument belongs to the group developed type. Painting Manasseh, although badly damaged, is one of the greatest achievements of medieval painting. One of the most important cultural and historical monuments Serbia. Much more information about the monastery, its history, its frescoes and its historical meaning can be found on many Internet sites. But if you do not touch the remains of walls, the walls of the monastery .... everything else is just a story
Milos MihaljevicMay 2, 2017
Absolutely stunning place! The monastery is in the process of restauration but mostly is already done. It's a must see!
Djordje StozinicApril 17, 2017
Beautiful monastery from XV century which is surrounded by medieval walls. Monastery Manasija is the burial place of Despot Stefan Lazarevic. Monastery is surrounded by beautiful nature.
Vladimir StankovicApril 15, 2017
Very peaceful, beautiful and magnificent place...
Goran GranicNovember 11, 2016
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!
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