Petkovica Monastery is an Orthodox nunnery, located at the foot of Mount Cer. This monastery is 35 kilometers away from Sabac, so if you are ever nearby, you are invited to stop by and get to know this cultural monument of great importance.
History of the monastery
Petkovica Monastery was built in the second half of the 13th century. Folklore links the origin of this monastery to King Dragutin Nemanjić. The first records of Petkovica date from 1561, so his name is mentioned in Turkish censuses. During the 16th and 17th centuries, there was a transcription school in the Petkovica monastery, while in the 18th century there was a school here for preparing priests. The original church of the Petkovica monastery was destroyed in the First Serbian Uprising (after the Battle of Misar), and today's church was built in 1887. Josif Kurtović from Šabac is mentioned as its second founder.
Appearance and characteristics of the monastery
The current appearance of the church of the Petkovica monastery was made under the influence of the Moravian style school. It is an elongated building with a triconch base with 3 apses on the east. An octagonal dome rises at their junction, while a high bell tower is located above the narthex with a gallery. The wooden altar partition is decorated with woodcuts with dominant plant motifs. The external appearance is characterized by a two-storey bell tower, which overhangs the western facade. It is decorated with pilasters at the edges and horizontal wreaths at the top.
How to get to the Petkovica monastery?
Petkovica Monastery is located in the village of the same name in Sabac. It is easiest to reach by car.
- If you leave Belgrade, you will arrive in an hour and 40 minutes (via Route 26).
- If you are starting from Novi Sad, you will need a 2 hour drive (via Route 21).
The Petkovica Monastery was named after St. Petka, a particularly revered saint, to whom it is dedicated. This monastery is known for its miraculous lineage, which emerged from the foundations of the monastery and which helps cure many diseases, especially sterility. East of the Petkovica monastery is a miraculous spring, whose water also cures sterility and many other diseases.