Ždrelo Monastery - the most important information
Have you heard of the Zdrelo Monastery? This Orthodox monastery is also known by its other name - the monastery of the Holy Trinity, and is located near the place of the same name. According to tradition, it was built by the Serbian king Milutin. It is believed that it was first dedicated to Saint Nicholas, and then to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. The Zdrelo Monastery had impressive dimensions, it was over 20 meters long and over 7 meters wide. Find out more about this Orthodox church below!
History of the monastery
The original building of the Zdrelo monastery was demolished by the Tatars, then members of the Turkish army. They are believed to have been able to do so during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The demolished church was rebuilt many years later. The new founder chose new saints as protectors: the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. It is assumed that the renovation of the Zdrelo monastery could have happened after the departure of Ali-beg and his men, that is, after the emigration of the Turks. Only when the Turks left this place were the Serbs able to rebuild the Orthodox monastery.
The current appearance of the monastery
North of the monastery Zdrelo, near the wall that enclosed the monastery space, a source of pure mountain water erupted. This spring still exists today and its water flows down the stream, thus adorning this entire area. The name of Sime Stevanović, an ordinary man from the people, a peasant and a master builder from the village of Ždrelo, is associated with the renovation of the monastery. Reconstruction did not begin until the very end of the 20th century. At that time, the Institute for the Protection of Monuments from Smederevo conducted archaeological research in the area of the church and immediately around it.
How to get to the Zdrelo monastery?
- If you start by car from Belgrade, you can reach this holy place in 2 hours (via A1 / E75 and Route 161).
- The gorge is only 9 kilometers away from Petrovac na Mlavi. Arriva Litas and Datom bus companies operate on the Belgrade-Ždrelo route every day. The price of a one-way bus ticket is 745 dinars, while the price of a return ticket is 1195 dinars. The journey takes between 2 hours and 10 minutes and 2 and a half hours, depending on the carrier and weather conditions.