Gornjak Monastery, Petrovac

The Gornjak Monastery, formerly known as Ždrelo, is a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox monastery located in the vicinity of today's city of Petrovac na Mlavi, Serbia.Gornjak monastery is located in Gornjacka gorge, between Žagubica and Petrovac na Mlavi. Construction of the monastery was finished in 1380 by Starats Grigorije and his brethren, and the founder was king Lazar of Serbia.It was rather early that the monastery was mentioned in Turkish documents -- in the 1520s and 1530s. First six, and later eight monks were reported to live there. After the Treaty of Požarevac the place was found in ruins, but abbot Maksim immediately had the sanctuary reconstructed back to its original. Since the monastery was built, the monastic life went on uninterrupted up to this day. The oldest preserved structures are a church dedicated to Ascension and the small cave chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas. Gornjak monastery belongs to the Moravska architectural school. The Vavedenjska Church has a trefoil basis with a dome. The bell tower and the parvis were added later.The most interesting frescoes are the ones in the St. Nicholas chapel. The fresco-paintings were painted in 1847 and are of considerable quality. In the small cave chapel above the main church, the relics of the monastery's co-founder St. Grigorije are kept. Relics of Saint Gregor - Saint Grigorije are very respected by local population that consider them miracle and healing.
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  • Really super place. What a history and scenery. Nature all around is breath taking. AmaZing place. We had a nun explaining us a lot of history. There was a peace and so much to see there. Loved it  more »
  • Cool, intimate monastery, located on the sidelines, hence there is no piston, and tourists are welcome. Most enjoyed the "familiarity" of the environment, the hosts treated as guests, and not tourist-intruder ...
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  • This is the place I recommend for everyone to visit! The monastery is built inside the mountain, surrounded by mountains from all the sides and a river. There is a restaurant which is really nice and has a great view of monastery and the nature itself. The restaurant itself isn't expensive and is really nicely organised.
  • very well organised monaetery. has some unique things. fantastic nature, must see.
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