Vujan Monastery

Vujan Monastery

Vujan Monastery is located on the woody south slope of Vujan Mountain, on the road between Čačak and Gornji Milanovac, 4 km from the village of Prislonica known by its traditional village architecture and country tourism and by the “Get-Together of Flutists” that has traditionally been held in July since 1987.

The Medieval Obrovin Monastery which was constructed during the reign of Nemanjić Dynasty was demolished and abandoned in 1597 after horrifying Turkish atrocities conducted by the notorious Sinan Pasha against the Serbian population. According to the inscription, the Medieval Monastery of Obrovin was abandoned and was like Vraćevšnica Monastery rebuilt by The Bishop Diomidije in 1579. Obrovin Monastery was probably destructed and finally deserted at the end of the 17th century. Present day Monastery of Vujan which is dedicated to St. Archangel Michael was constructed in 1805 in deep forest close to the previous one, thanks to the great support of Radisav Milošević from Prislonica village and Nikola Lunjevic from Lunjevica. Vujan Monastery is nice one-nave church without dome. The tall bell-tower of Vujan Monastery is set above narthex with an eave. The Vujan Monastery church was painted in 1808 and fresco are partially preserved. Decoration of the iconostasis of the sacral place of Vujan Monastery was carried out by famous fresco-painters Brothers Jeremy and Stojan Mihajlović. Vujan Monastery’s Founder Lunjevica later constructed wooden dormitory for monks besides the shrine and the fountain. In the corner of the churchyard he built the premises where he used to stay during feasts.

There are several tombs in the church of Vujan Monastery beside the tomb of the founder located by the southern wall of naos : the tombs of the unknown monk, the noblemen Nikola Milićevića and Hadzi Josif Milošević, the respected prior of the Monastery, and relics of Duke Lazar Mutap, well known leader of the First Serbian Uprising. The Queen Draga Mašin, the granddaughter of the Duke Nikola Lunjevac built the monument to commemorate her famous uncle. Serbian King Aleksandar Obrenović granted large dormitory to the Vujan Monastery. Vujan Monastery celebrates the feast of the Saint Archangel Gabriel on the 26th of July. Archangel Gabriel is one of the Divine Angels that has the role of announcement. Monks dedicated to prayers live in the Vujan Monastery. The Church of Vujan Monastery is under protection of Republic of Serbia as the monument of Culture.

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