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Gradac Monastery
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gradac Monastery (pronounced gradats) is a monastery in the Republic of Serbia. It lies on the elevated plateau above the river Gradačka, at the edge of the forested slopes of Golija mountain. It is 21km (13 mi) northwest of Raška and 12.5 km (7.8 mi) west of Brvenik and Ibar highway. The exact year of construction of the monastery is not known, but was probably in the last half of the 13th century (1245-1300).

The monastery founder was Helen of Anjou. It was built in the style of the Raška school.Gradac Monastery was declared a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and is under Serbian protection.
During the Ottoman rule the monastery’s roof was removed leaving it open to the elements. During that time there were no monks at the monastery. In 1910, a protective roof was placed on the monastery church. A complete reconstruction of the main church was done during 1963–1975, preserving the interior of the temple.

In 1982, construction of living quarters began thus reviving the life of the monastery. The Abbot at that time was Archimandrite Julian Knežević (1918–2001). The monastery currently is a convent under the Prioress Efimija and spiritual Father Vitalis.

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