Are you planning to visit Divcibare soon? This tourist resort attracts a large number of visitors from various parts of Serbia, but also from abroad. Here you can find out more about the Church of St. Panteleimon, which is a spiritual landmark of Divcibare.
History and origin of the Church of St. Panteleimon
The construction of the Divcibare church began in 1995, on the day of Saint Panteleimon. However, the idea of building this Orthodox church first appeared 65 years ago (Archpriest Milan Tripković is mentioned as the initiator of that idea). Ten years later, the church began to be built, but the works were stopped after the entry of the then state of Yugoslavia into the Second World War.
The Church of Saint Panteleimon was built on the left bank of the Žujana stream, between 2 fountains. Since 1926, a folk fair has been held in that area on the day of St. Panteleimon. According to the legend, the source of the first fountain was fenced by Princess Ljubica, the wife of Prince Miloš Obrenović.
Appearance and characteristics of the Church of St. Panteleimon
The Church of St. Panteleimon was built according to the project of the Valjevo architect Tihomir Dražić. Ljuban Marić from Bogatić is responsible for the iconostasis in woodcarving, while the icons were painted by the artist Rade Sarić, a native of Čačak. Particles of the relics of St. Panteleimon, St. Nicholas of Zicka and St. Petka are kept in this holy place. When you come to this beautiful Divcibare temple, you can refresh yourself with water from the fountain of St. Basil.
How to get to this church?
The Church of St. Panteleimon is located in the city of Valjevo. If you are leaving Belgrade, it will take you 2 hours by car. There are three routes (the first is the fastest):
- by highway A2
- via Route 22 and Route 175 and
- via Route 175.
When you visit the Church of St. Panteleimon, you will notice a spacious inn next to it, where you can buy candles or souvenirs as a souvenir of this place. Also, within the lodgings, there are rooms for accommodating guests, as well as a congress hall and a bookstore. Worship is performed in this church during the great church holidays, but also during Lent for the communion of the faithful; and during the summer and winter tourist season, when the largest number of Orthodox people gather in Divčibare.