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Home > Culture > Monasteries > Medieval Monasteries > Moravska School > Monastery RAVANICA
Monastery RAVANICA Srpski
Builder: Prince Lazar
Built: XIV century

Monastery Ravanica was founded by prince Lazar at the end of XIV century. After the battle for Kosovo and death of Lazar his remains were brought to Ravanica so it became the pilgrimage center and the place of Lazars cult. That was one of the reasons that Ravanica was a cultural center, with developed oral nd literal tradition and the largest number of famous poems about Kosovo and its heroes were born in this monastery.

Monastery Ravanica is located near Ćuprija and it was founded in late XIV century by prince Lazar. Two founding charters were saved with Lazars signature and the year 1381., which is probably the year in which the building of this large monastery complex ended. Monastary consists of church dedicated to Ascension of Christ, pyrgos, fortified walls with seven towers and refectory. After the battle of Kosovo and death of Lazar his remains were brought to Ravanica and the monastery became the pilgrimage center and the place of Lazars cult. That was one of the reasons that Ravanica was a cultural center, with developed oral nd literal tradition and the largest number of famous poems about Kosovo and its heroes were born in this monastery. For keeping the national concience alive monastery was often in conflict with Turkish rulers, and it was damaged several times. 

The church of Ascension is the first building in new style known as Morava school, the most independent Serbian style inside the byzantine artistic sphere. Ground plan is trefoil which originates fom Moun Atos with elements form Milutins churches like five domes. Building with alternating stone and bricks is also new and important caracteristic, and also ceramic decoration with geometric, floral, zoomorphic and antropomorphic paterns. 

Fresco-painting in Ravanica is also very important mostly because of the iconographyc program which is closely conected with the liturgy. Most important element of style, not onlz in Ravanica but in all churches of this school is lyrical interpretation of the characters.

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Your comments:
...boreci se za slobodu svetu na Kosovu krunu izgubio i u tom krvavom naletu nebesko je carstvo zadobio... (Blagoje Rogac)
(rada jelic, 27/06/2010 09:49)
Ravanica je veliko blago i još veće zaveštanje srpskom narodu. Sveti kneže Lazare moli Boga za nas!
(Siniša Perišić dipl. maš. inž., 15/06/2009 12:04)
@Tanja Djukic, Crkva treba da zivi, a ne da se konzervira i pretvori u konzervu i spomeni. Crkva je zivot i treba stalno da se menja u skladu sa potrebama, nego sta nego postaviti sve sto je potrebno za dugi i srecan rad crkve. Car Lazar je nije napravo da bi bila spomenik, nego duhovni vodic jednog naroda.
(Pera Simic, 20/10/2008 15:34)
Tuzno je sto je Zavod za zastitu spomenika dozvolio postavljanje dva klima uredjaja na crkvi Vaznesenja.
(Tanja Djukic, 16/02/2008 10:49)

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