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The Stara Pavlica Monastery

The Stara Pavlica Monastery
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This monastery is placed on a rock above the Ibar river, and is believed to originate from the period before the Nemanjić’s reign. It is 6 km north from Raška.


It is not known who had erected it and what saint it was dedicated to. The remains of this old monastery are preserved from decay, and they seem impressive placed on the top of a rock.


The main building material is rock and brick. The values of this monastery considerably contribute preserved frescoes that possess doubtless artistic values.



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Author: josifras, Oct. 14th 2011
The Stara Pavlica monastery in the vicinity of Raska
It is supposed that it originates from the era before or at the beginning of the Nemanjić’s reign, at the end of 12th century.
The monastery was mentioned for the first time in the gift charter of King Stefan the First-crowned, and the parts of this church are renovated during 1970s.
Only partially preserved church, dedicated to the apostles Petar and Pavle (giving the name to the monastery and the village), remained from the monastery. The stylistic analyses, based on the analogy with other facilities in Greece with a similar architectural concept, prove that the church had been there before Stefan Nemanja came to the Ibar valley.
Stara Pavlica has a shape of a single-nave basilica, in the form of a cross, a dome and four columns. On the east side there were three apses, the middle was the biggest. It had a three-side shape with windows, while the left and the right side were smaller and without windows. The stone and brick represent the basic building material. There are fragments of preserved frescoes at Stara Pavlica, which have doubtless artistic value. The church was painted two times. There remained the newest paintings from 18th century representing the characters of evangelists, a crucifix at the northern wall and several individual figures.

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