Serbian monasteries

Serbian monasteries

Serb Orthodox monasteries are found throughout the Balkans, in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro. This foundation of monasteries followed the forming of the first Serbian states starting in the 10th century. The first monasteries were built in the Raška region, in the Southwestern Serbia, then Kosovo and finally in Central Serbia. Fleeing the Turkish tyranny, the majority of Serbs migrated to the North. Shortly thereafter, the first monasteries on the Fruška Gora Mountain were established.

All the Serbian rulers were very religious and instead of building palaces, they established monasteries as their endowments and mausoleums. Monasteries used to be the place where important decisions were made. The first books were copied here and thus literacy was spread and the culture of the Serbian people was formed. The monasteries' walls were illuminated by frescoes reflecting the artstic styles of the time. Some of this frescoes are extremely valuable art treasures like the frescoes in the Spocani monastery and the Frescoe of the White Angel ("Beli anđeo") from the 13th century in the Monastery of Mileševa now under the protection of UNESCO. Dečani Monastery, Patriarchate of Peć, Gračanica Monastery, and Our Lady of Ljeviš are also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site list, as "Medieval Monuments in Kosovo".

See also

*List of Serb Orthodox monasteries

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Serbian Orthodox Church — Српска православна црква Srpska pravoslavna crkva Cathe …   Wikipedia

  • Serbian art — Part of a series on the Culture of Serbia Arts …   Wikipedia

  • Serbian Orthodox Monastic Community — Due to the problems faced by the Serb minority in Kosovo and the desecration of Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries, some have (particularly after the March Pogrom) called for the creation of a Serbian Orthodox Monastic Community in Kosovo …   Wikipedia

  • Serbian culture — Part of a series on the Culture of Serbia Arts …   Wikipedia

  • Serbian literature —       the literature of the Serbs, a Balkan people speaking the Serbian language (still referred to by linguists as Serbo Croatian).       Serbian literature developed primarily from the 12th century, producing such religious works as the… …   Universalium

  • List of Serbian saints — Over the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the church has had many people who were venerated to sainthood. The list below is made up of Holy Serbs and their feast days according to the Gregorian calendar. Serbian Saints Anastasija,… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Serbian Orthodox monasteries — This is a list of Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Monasteries in Serbia Central Serbia Kosovo Metohia At least 8 monasteries have been destroyed during the Kosovo War by ethnic Albanians [] . Monasteries under re… …   Wikipedia

  • List of cave monasteries — Vardzia Cave Monastery (Georgia). A cave monastery is a monastery built in caves, with possible outside facilities. St. Anthony the Great known as the founder of monasticism lived in a cave. List of cave monasteries Albania …   Wikipedia

  • Greek–Serbian relations — Serbian Greek relations (sometimes known as Serbo Greek friendship or Greco Serbian friendship; el. Ελληνοσερβική φιλία, Ellinoservikí Filía , sr. Српско Грчко Пријатељство, Srpsko Grčko prijateljstvo ) have traditionally been friendly due to… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the United States — The following is a list of Orthodox monasteries and sketes, both male and female, in America. Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America*St. Paul Skete, Grand Junction, Tennessee. Female skete. Superior: Mother Nektaria. Bulgarian …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.