Gorioc Monastery

Gorioc Monastery

Gorioc Monastery is dedicated to St Nicholas Miracle-worker who healed the “burned” /blind/ eyes of Saint King Stefan Decanski after whom the name of the monastery refers – “gori” to burning and “oci” to eyes. Monastery is located in the north-west Kosovo and Metohija, near the little town of Istok on Bela Stena /White Stone/ and is the “metoch” of the Decani Monastery. The Church yard of Gorioc Monastery consists of the little church of St Nicholas, dormitory and belfry. The Monastery church was built probably in the 14th century but original church has not survivd. It was reconstructed in the 16th, and the 18th and in the beginning of the 20th century. Gorioc Monastery keeps 11 precious icons painted during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Monastery  kept a rich collection of the medieval books, including several Serbian manuscripts from the 14th and 15th century, which the Russian Consul and historian A. Gilferding took from the Gorioč Monastery to preserve them form devastation. Today, they are kept in the Public Library in St. Petersburg.

During World War Two, the Monastery of Gorioc was used by Albanian Nazis as a prison for arrested Serbs and Montenegrin. The Gorioc churchyard, dining-room and dormitories, belfry and the fountain were restored. After the war in Kosovo 1999 all Serb population from the area of northern part of the Serbia province was forced to leave Kosovo and Metohija, but nuns with Fr. Sava remained alone without any protection for several days. As soon as the international peace-keepers were deployed they were in charge of Gorioc Monastery protection. Today, Monastery is the convent with five nuns and elderly Archimandrite Father Sava. Monks from Decani Monastery regularly visit Gorioc Monastery to serve Sunday and feast-day liturgies, as well as to help the nuns run the place. Gorioc Monastery is also guarded by KFOR/EULEX Spanish soldiers who assist nuns in getting necessary supplies and give them military escort when they travel within and out of Kosovo and Metohija or to visit doctor.

 

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