Tuman Monastery

Tuman Monastery

Tuman Monastery near Golubac was founded by Milos Obilić, famous hero of the epic songs of Kosovo Battle cycle. During the hunt in this area, Milos Obilic, who ruled the Branichevo district during the reign of Prince Lazar, unintentionally wounded anchorite Zosim of Sinai, who lived his ascetic life in the nearby cave. Milos Obilic carried the anchorite on his back to the court to treat the bad wounds when hermit, feeling his end, said : „Tu mani” /leave me here to die/. Hence the name of the Monastery, which was, according to the same legend, built by Milos Obilic, who laid down remains of the hermit inside the church, for repentance.

Turkish archives recorded the Tuman Monastery in the eight decade of the 16th century. Probably Tuman Monastery was deserted at the end of the 17th century to be restored at the beginning of the 18th century. The church of Tuman Monastery is dedicated to Saint Archangel Michael and was built in the Serbian-Byzantine style of architecture, featuring facades dynamically divided by arches and cordons, richly adorned with rosettes and chess fields. The altar and the side apses are semicircle inward and five-sided outward with round pillars that are laid on angels and connected with the arch. The round windows with stone rosettes are in timpanone of the Monastery, surrounded with decoration of chess fields. The four-sided footage rises above the central part of the church on which sits the eight-sided tambour of the dome. The elongated narrow windows decorate sides of the tamboure, while above the narthex there is the four-sided bell tower, slightly lower than the dome, featuring two light windows on each side. Tuman Monastery has tin roof. Outside facade is decorated with two cordon wreaths, divided into three parts with the windows in the central part. Windows on narthex are two light windows while the others are one-light windows. The main entrance to the church is on the western side, while the side entrance is on the apse. The interior of the Church of Tuman Monastery was recently fresco painted. The iconostasis of Tuman Monastery is like the Medieval and does not cover the frescoes in the altar. In the central part of Tuman Monastery church there is the coffin with Holy relics of Saint Zosim of Sinai. In the close proximity of Tuman Monastery there is the sanctuary with the chapel dedicated to the Saint Zosim of Sinai of Tuman. Tuman Monastery is since 1966 nunnery. During the Transfiguration – the feast of Tuman Monastery there is the assembly of numerous locals and faithful visitors.

 

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