Manasija Monastery, Despotovac

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.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Absolutely magnificent medieval fortress and monastery! It was built by one of the finest knights of all time, Despot Stefan Lazarevic, that was admired even by his opponents like Mongol Khan, Ottoman Sultan and European Kings. He was the first knight on the list of the Order of Dragon, something like Champions League for knights. Possessed amazing fighting skills and military leadership and decided many historic battles in his favor. His tomb is on site as well. Come and visit the home of the greatest European knight of all time!
  • This is a medieval forth you've got to see, it's astonishing and amazing place!!! There is a lot of history about medieval Serbia, and once in a year a tournament is held in knightly battle's called JustOut!
  • Being in Manasija monastery during Just Out festival is like a time travel. All knights, people in costumes, flags and decorations makes visitors feel like they are dropped in 15th, 16th century.
  • Just out festival - divno iskustvo
  • Absolutely stunning place! The monastery is in the process of restauration but mostly is already done. It's a must see!

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