Manasija Monastery


Typical representative of the Moravska School

Special style of Serbian medieval architecture and art

Manasija Monastery was an important religious and cultural center of Serbia at the beginning of the 15th century. It is a typical representative of the Moravska School, a special style of Serbian medieval architecture and art. It is famous for its fortification that were built in a special way, combining Byzantine influences and Western European trends. Also, the frescoes inside the church are considered as one of the finest examples of Serbian medieval art.

The monastery was founded by the Serbian ruler Stefan Lazarevic as his burial place. Stefan was the ruler at the same time and a prominent writer, translator and artist. The monastery was known for its scribal school and other cultural activities, prominent and had a great influence on the writing and translating books of that time.

The monastery is located in the beautiful and peaceful countryside, surrounded by forests and waterfalls, near the town of Despotovac in eastern Serbia.