Monastery of the Holy Mother of God - the most important information
The oldest endowment of Stefan Nemanja is precisely this monastery of the Holy Mother of God in Kursumlija. In its immediate vicinity is the Monastery of Saint Nikola
, which was also built by Stefan Nemanja at almost the same time. It is located near the mouth of Kosanica in Toplica and not far from it you can find the remains of a Byzantine basilica. Today, the people also call it Petkovaca
, only ruins remain in which religious rituals are still performed. We suggest that you visit these ruins when visiting Kursumlija in order to experience the spirit of old times.History of the Monastery of the Holy Mother of God
The monastery was built on the foundations of an early Byzantine temple which is believed to have been built in the 5th or 6th century. It was built in the image of the churches in Constantinople and on the Athos, in the period between 1159 and 1168. There was a stone iconostasis within the monastery. It is assumed that one of the reasons why the monastery was built was Ana, the wife of Stefan Nemanja. The monastery church was covered with lead and its appearance contributed to the name Bele Crkve
that Kursumlija had in the Middle Ages because of the appearance of its monasteries. In one period of its existence, it was a nunnery. After the Great Migration of the Serbs, the Ottomans removed the lead roof and thus began the collapse of the monastery materials. At the beginning of the 1920s, the remaining ruins were explored, which can still be seen today. After the end of the Second World War, new research began, as well as the process of partial extension. Most tourists and people from nearby places come to this area during religious holidays.Significance of the monastery of the Holy Mother of God
- Since 1979, this monastery has been under state protection due to its status as a cultural monument of exceptional importance, while in the middle of the 15th century it was under the protection of Sultan Mara Brankovic.
- Stefan Nemanja's wife became a monk in the monastery, and on that occasion she was given the monastic name Anastasia.
How to get to the monastery of the Holy Mother of God?
The easiest way to get to the monastery from Prolom Banja is by car, and it takes about 25 minutes to get there. Follow the state road 228 along the Prolomska river all the way to the Kosanica river where you cross to the E-80 highway. This road, along Kosanica, will take you through the towns of Rudare and Kastrat all the way to the basilica and the exclusion to Petra Bojovica Street. From there, you need to turn into Radomir Milovanovic Samo Street and then into Kosovke Devojke, from where the monastery itself is not far.