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Monastery of Ljubostinja, Vrnjacka Banja

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Ljubostinja is a Serbian Orthodox monastery near Trstenik, Serbia. Located in the small mountain valley of the Ljubostinja river, the monastery is dedicated to the Holy Virgin.HistoryThe monastery was built from 1388 to 1405. In Ljubostinja were buried Princess Milica, Lazar Hrebeljanović's wife and Nun Jefimija, which after the Battle of Kosovo became a nun along with a number of other widows of Serbian noblemen, who lost their lives in the battles on the river Maritsa and Kosovo Polje. Today, Ljubostinja is a female monastery, which preserves and maintains about fifty nuns. During the rebellion of Kočine, the people were invited on rebellion from the Ljubostinje monastery. After the collapse of rebellion, Turks burned the monastery to revenge the Serbs, and most of the frescoes were destroyed. Also, when the monastery was set on fire, a secret treasure was discovered hidden in the monastery wall behind icons in which the Princess Milica hid their treasure. Among the stolen treasure was located Crown of Prince Lazar, which is now in Istanbul.Architecture and paintingMonastery Ljubostinja has one dome and narthex. It was built with trimmed stones, while the facade was re-plastered and painted to imitate masonry of stone and bricks. The monastery was built in the Morava Style. The builder is master Rade Borović, whose name is on the threshold of the passage from the narthex to nave. Paintings are only partially preserved, and it was built on two occasions. In the narthex are portraits of Prince Lazar and Princess Milica made by Hieromonk Makarije. From the painting works are still preserved: "Great Holidays," "Passion," "Miracles"... The church also have very valuable iconostasis, which was painted by Nikola Marković in 1822.
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  • Both the exterior, architecture and the interior of this monastery is stunning. It is worth visiting, even when having short time.  more »
  • Ljubostinja is a Serbian Orthodox monastery near Trstenik, Serbia. Located in the small mountain valley of the Ljubostinja river, the monastery is dedicated to the Holy Virgin. The monastery was built...  more »
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  • Beautiful monastery, rich in history and tradition of the Serbian people. It is among the most valuable medieval monuments in Serbia, built by the Serbian Princess in the 14th century. Having in mind that it had been repeatedly destroyed by the Turks throughout the long centuries of the Ottoman occupation of Serbia, it still shines and reminds the Serbs of the glory of the medieval Serbian state.
  • Jedan od najznačajnijih srpskih manastira. Zadužbina je carice Milice i u istom je sahranjena. Posetioci će ga lakše pronaći ako se upute ka Trsteniku i njegovom selu Prnjavor. Lep i izuzetno uređen manastir, vredan truda i troška posete.
  • Perhaps my most favourite monastery in Serbia. Really touches the soul.
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  • Место мира и љубави
  • One of those places where you feel well-being!
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