Manasija monastery

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44.09986846461784
21.469294438623024

Manasija monastery built in the early 15th century, by despot Stefan Lazarevich, the son of Tsar Lazar. The monastery was the real fortress. The Church and other buildings surrounded by a high wall with 11 towers. The big tower behind the Church is a keep or a donjon tower. It has only one entrance. If enemies will break into the fortress, this tower can protect up to a hundred people. And grain stocks was enough that they hold one year. On the roof were made special drains, which collected rainwater.

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By the designing of the despot, the monastery was supposed to be the richest and the most beautiful one. And he did it. The Church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, painted by the best and experienced artists in that time. The best and experienced meant that the artists had owned the secrets of making bright and persistent paints for murals. Only one-third of unique medieval frescoes survived till now. The painting has experienced repeated invasions by the Ottomans, when Turks desecrated temples and destroyed the faces of Saints on the frescoes, carried out all jewels and gold from the images. The church was using like a stable and a powder warehouse, which blew up several times. Before leaving, Turks remove domes and the unique images were not even covered from rain during three centuries. But survived until our days. There was a painting school at the monastery. Remains of walls of the former refectory chambers. It uses to be drawing workshop upon the light of day. That’s why the building has so many windows.

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From the beginning, Manasija was the friary, but it is convent now. In 2006, during the reconstruction of the floor and underground of the church, the burial was found. Archaeologists supposed that this is the remains of despot Stefan Lazarević. DNA analysis of the found remains and samples of the Holy relics of Tsar Lazar showed 99.9% match, which means that it is indeed the remains of the son of the great King.

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