Crkva Svete Trojice – the Church of the Holy Trinity, built in the style of Moravska skola – the Morava School in the 15th century, is supposed Mausoleum of despot Stefan Lazarevic. DNA analysis undertaken in 2006 proved with 99.378% precision that the corpse founded in burial place in church is of a descendant of Knez Lazar, but it is uncertain whether it is of Despot Stefan or his brother Vuk, who was, according to the historical sources, buried in Manasija. Officially, Serbian Orthodox Church recognizes the Koporin Monastery as the despot's final resting place. The undoubted truth will probably remain veiled for good.
Frescoes in the Church of the Holy Trinity are the peak of the Serbian 15th century fresco painting. But many had been destroyed during the Ottoman reign. Among those preserved the best known are famous ktitor – noble patron fresco portrait of despot Stefan Lazarevic, on the west side of the church, by portal, and Holy Warriors in the north nave.
Manasija also known as Resava is Serbian Orthodox monastery founded by despot Stefan Lazarevic between 1407 and 1418. Monastery had become the cultural center of the Serbia immediately following its foundation. Due to expansion of Ottoman Empire and its powerful military force, monastery was built as the strong defensive fortification. Manasija monastery had been wrecked and demolished many times during the four centuries of Ottoman rule – in 1439, 1456, 1476 and 1734. It had been rebuilt and repaired many times as well – in 1735, 1806, 1810, 1845, 1956, 1959-1962 and finally 2005-2007 with the aim to be reopened for the public on 6 centuries anniversary.
Manasija monastery complex consists of Crkva Svete Trojice – the Church of the Holy Trinity, the refectory or "the school" (placed to the south of the Church, nowadays severely damaged) and the fortification wall with eleven towers.
This city is a strange city. Since over 65% of the population lives in foregine countrys they only come over the summer june- august then after that this turns to a gost town. But never the lest. In the city of Despotovac its mostly cafes and restaurants not so much to see and do besides the famose Monostary " Manastir Manasia", just outside Despotovac.
Take a stroll in the beautiful city park, enjoy a icecream or a coold drink, nice shade from big trees but still bright and airy place.
There is small electric cars that you can rent for your child, about 2Euro for about 10 minutes (i think).
so dont miss this.
Manasija monastery was very strong defensive fortification because, at the time it had been built, less than 20 years after the Battle of Kosovo, Serbian state had been under the constant threat from the expanding Ottoman Empire. Fortification wall connects eleven towers – eight of them rectangular, two hexagonal, and one, the biggest and the highest called Despot’s Tower – square-shaped. Fortification is very well preserved nowadays.
The biggest, the highest and the only completely closed tower of Manasija monastery fortification is Despot's Tower. It is on the north side of the of Monastery complex. Despot's Tower has square-shaped base and it is 34.6 m high.
Close to Despotivac there is a famous Manasija monastery with St. Trinity church. Built between 1407 and 1418 by Stefan Lazarević - son of Grand Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović who lost his life on the Kosovo Polje battlefield in 1389. St. Trinity church has numerous frescoes from 15. century and a 19th century wooden iconostas (to our dismal at this time we visited the iconostas was under reconstruction) It is surrounded by a fortress with 11 towers. The church is a fine sample of late resava style. While the basic style is characteristic for Byzantine architecture, it is also adored with numerous details (observe the windows!) characteristic for Central European gothic architecture as well. It is either a very short drive or a long walk from Despotovac city center.
So-called "masi kule" ("masi towers") are open extensions of the facade of towers. They are 70-80 cm "out" of tower and 55 to 100 cm high. Althouh "masi towers" existed in 12th century, they are present at Serbian fortifications just from late 14th century. "Masi towers" can be seen on several towers of Manasija monastery defensive fortification.
The Monastery fortress, made up to defend the monastery, especially from the Turks, consists of 11 towers linked with huge walls and once, with trenches. The towers are mostly rectangular, save two hexagonal ones and one square-shaped.
Besides the monastery church, parts of the old refectory and library have also survived at Manasija. The library-housed manuscript workshop where the many books required by the Church were copied. The "Resava" script was highly valued and for a long time served as the model for subsequent scribes
Manasija also known as Resava, is a Serbian Orthodox monastery located near Despotovac, founded by despot Stefan Lazarevic between 1407 and 1418. It is one of the most significant monuments of medieval Serbian culture and it belongs to the "Morava school". Immediately following its foundation, the monastery became the cultural centre of the Serbian Despotate. Its "Resava school" was well known for its manuscripts and translations throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, even after the fall of the Despotate to the Ottoman Turks.
The Resavska Cave lies in the eastern Serbia in the vicinity of the town of Despotovac (20 km). The cave is 52 km from the Belgrade-Nis motorway and 152 km from Belgrade.
It is the first cave to be prepared for visits in Serbia. The length of the cave totals to 2,850 meters and the tourist paths is 800 m long. The air temperature is 14 0C and the average humidity 75%-80%. The Resava Cave consists of three floors of passages and halls connected by artificial tunnels and decorated by pillars and coral-like calcite deposits in various colours. Only parts of the first and second floors (Upper and Lower Gallery) have been prepared for visits. An underground river flows through the lowest floor (Third Gallery). The visitor to Resava can tour its numerous halls with different cave ornaments. The cave is very rich in cave ornaments of various shapes and colours and is richer than other tourist caves in the concentration of its decorations.
A nice park in the city center. Great place for small children as there is a place in the park where you can rent a small electric car or motorcycle so they can ride in the park.