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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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  • Very beautiful church. I advise you to visit. A beautiful area of the complex. Emotional place. Visit ever arrive.
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  • Certainly worth visiting and touring, in the courtyard of the Church are the remains of the old city of Lazarev. : A common destination for school trips and other organized trips.
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  • Lazarica Church has been the dominant feature of the ancient Krushevaca in the days when Serb troops left from here on the Kosovo battle. Centuries have passed, but the Temple still is a source of strength of spirit and inspires. Inside a very special atmosphere, you can venerate the relics of the heroic Prince Lazar, who died in Kosovo for the motherland. By the way, there is an archaeological museum with a decent exposure on the history of Serbian land.
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