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Lazarica, Krusevac
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Church of the Holy First Martyr Stephen, better known as the Lazarica Church, is a Serbian Orthodox church in Kruševac, Serbia. It was built in 1375-1378 as an endowment of prince Lazar of Serbia. Lazarica, as an outstanding achievement of the Serbian medieval architecture, was declared a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by the Republic of Serbia. Lazarica was built as a prototype of the Morava school of architecture, as a palace church associated with the Kruševac Fortress, the capital of Prince Lazar. Today, only Lazarica and parts of the keep remain from the vast fortress complex.HistoryInformations about the founding of the church can be found in the "Žitije despota Stefana Lazarevića" by Constantine of Kostenets. Lazar of Serbia built the church at the same time as the fortifications for the capital Kruševac. In 1455, Kruševac fell under Ottoman Empire rule, and the church was abandoned and desecrated. Lazarica was used as a stable for horses, and the roof was torn down for use elsewhere. During the Russo-Austrian-Turkish War, from 1736 to 1739, Lazarica was partially reconstructed, and the interior was painted with frescos by Andra Andrejević. After that, Kruševac fell under Ottoman rule again. The first major reconstruction of Lazarica occurred after the establishment of the independent Principality of Serbia, with numerous modifications over the next hundred years.
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  • This church is truly trend setter. It makes a central point if the "City of Lazar", old fortified ensemble of edifices, which today represents the main tourist attraction of Kruševac. Outside it's a m...  more »
  • Beautiful church with park and museum across the street. Small town with great history. Worth a visit! 
  • Lazarica Church was built in the 14th century by Prince Lazar in the center of the Kruševackoj fortress, of which now only the remains of walls. The Church itself is gorgeous, built from cut stone with alternating thin red bricks. The façade is decorated by illuminated arches and domes. This church represents a sample of the Moravian architectural school. From medieval frescoes, unfortunately, remain just fragments.
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