Monasteries of Fruska gora - The most important information
Welcome to Fruška gora - Serbian Holy Mountain! See which monasteries are located in this holy place and find out something about them. If the opportunity arises, let these temples be a mandatory part of your route through Fruška gora. Enjoy the beauties of the history and tradition of Orthodoxy!
History of the monastery
All Fruška Gora monasteries were built in the period from the 15th to the 18th century. Of the 35 built monasteries, less than half have been preserved to this day. These Serbian monasteries have been a symbol of national resistance for centuries. Since its inception, they have suffered numerous damages and robberies, while the most serious suffering is related to the Second World War. When you decide to visit Fruška gora, the following monasteries will be waiting for you:
- Krusedol - The Krusedol Monastery is the endowment of Bishop Maksim Brankovic. It was built as a family mausoleum.
- Petkovica Monastery - this Monastery was founded by the widow of Stefan Stiljanovic, despot Jelena, in the first quarter of the 16th century.
- Rakovac - Rakovac Monastery was founded at the end of the 15th century.
- Velika Remeta - according to tradition, this monastery was founded by King Stefan Dragutin when he fell off his horse while hunting and remained permanently lame.
- Divša - The monastery of Đipša or Divša is located on the western slopes of Fruška gora. His church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
- Novo Hopovo - Novo Hopovo Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Serbia (in terms of its architecture and former educational role).
- Staro Hopovo - The monastery of Staro Hopovo, built by Djordje Brankovic, is located 2 kilometers away from Novi Hopovo.
- Jazak - Jazak Monastery was built in 1736 on the southern slope of Fruška gora, between 2 clearings.
- Mala Remeta - Mala Remeta Monastery was founded by King Dragutin, and the name of this monastery means small desert.
- Grgeteg - According to folklore, the Grgeteg Monastery was founded by despot Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk and named after his father Grgur.
- Beocin - The Beocin Monastery is first mentioned in Turkish documents 1556-1557. years. There is no reliable data on its establishment.
- Privina Glava - Privina Glava Monastery is located in the extreme western part of Fruška gora.
- Šišatovac - Šišatovac monastery located near the source of the Remeta stream. The original name of this monastery was Remetica and it was dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
- Kuveždin - The church of the Kuveždin monastery is dedicated to Saint Sava and Saint Simeon, and its monastic glory is the Transfiguration.
- Vrdnik - Vrdnik Monastery (Mala Ravanica) - is one of the most important monasteries on Fruška gora, so we left it for the end. It is known for the fact that the relics of Prince Lazar were transferred here in 1811, on Vidovdan, when the monastery church was completed.
Appearance and characteristics of the monastery
All Fruška Gora monasteries are located in an area of 50 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide. Since they were created during the great migrations of the Serbian people, these monasteries were the foundation of their spiritual and political life. As for the appearance of the monasteries of Fruška Gora, after numerous researches, a certain regularity was determined in the spatial structure of these temples. Thus, they connected those monasteries, which were built in the 16th century, with the Moravian architecture of medieval Serbia. The monasteries built during the 18th century are a combination of traditional architecture (following the example of Novo Hopovo) and the Baroque model, which was taken from the repertoire of Western European architecture.
How to get to the monastery?
All these beautiful monasteries are located on Fruška gora, which you can reach in an hour by car if you travel from Belgrade and in about 40 minutes by car from Novi Sad. There will be 2 paths available to you:
- via A1 / E75 or
- via Route 120 / Route 21.
We have selected for you the monastery Šišatovac, about which you can learn something new in this place. At the beginning of the 19th century, Archimandrite Lukijan Musicki stayed in this monastery, who was visited by Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic. Then, in the monastery of Šišatovac, Filip Višnjić sang verses to Vuk about Karadjordj's uprising, which the Serbian people will remember forever.