Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

Heritage by Type / Christian religious centre

Vozuca Monastery

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Vozuca Monastery

About the site

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vozucha, Zavidovici
Type: Christian religious centre
Epoch: Middle Ages
World Heritage:
Middle AgesChristian religious centre

The Vozuca monastery probably dates from the 16th century and, according to local tradition, was a Nemanjic foundation. The earliest documentary reference to Vozuca dates from 1617. Documentation makes it clear that when renovations began in 1856 the monastery complex and the church itself were in a critical condition. Following the renovation of the church in Vozuca in 1856-1859, one of the best local painters of the first half of the 19th century, Todor Stanic Gracanic, painted icons of Christ, the Mother of God, the Holy Trinity and the  Annunciation. These icons were painted towards the end of his working life as a painter, and reveal an attempt to keep up with contemporary stylistic trends, but a lack of the relevant knowledge, so that they are of greater importance as a document than as artistic valuables.
The church was originally dedicated to St. Nicholas, and the renovated church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was consecrated only in 1865 by Bishop Visarion, deputy to the Sarajevo Metropolitan Ignjatija. Some works also state that the monastery church in Vozuca was dedicated to the Shroud of the Mother of God.

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