Orahovica Monastery

Orahovica, Croatia

The Orahovica Monastery is a Serbian Orthodox monastery mentioned in 1583 when it was a seat of the Požega metropolitanate. It is thought to have been built before the end of the 15th century.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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Szabó Csaba (5 months ago)
Quiet neighborhood, it can be interesting to live here. Nature, bees, calm, ...
Миладин Отовић (7 months ago)
Orahovica Monastery - Orthodox lighthouse of the Serbs of Slavonia Orahovica Monastery is one of the oldest spiritual centers of the Serbs, the so-called Lower Slavonia, or Podravina. It is mentioned at the end of the 15th century under the name Remeta, which means "monastic desert", and later it took the name Duzluk after the nearby village of the same name. Orahovica Monastery is located deep in the forest, in a bay in the middle of Papuk. The cathedral of the monastery is dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Myra. - It is interesting that the cult of the Transfer of the relics of Holy Father Nikolaj to our people began right here in this monastery and from here it spread to the rest of the Serbian church, to the rest of the Pec Patriarchate. The monastery of Orahovica really has a special place in our nation, especially among our Slavonians, who are the most connected of all monasteries to the monastery of Orahovica. Patriarch Pavle also came to him as a child. Here we even have photographs from that period when he came here as a child and drew his piety here, here he drew his knowledge of God, here he drew his respect for St. Father Nikolai and here he was formed as a spiritual child. Also, all our people who are connected to Orahovica gather here today and are spiritually strengthened - Bishop Jovan of Slavonia told us during the celebration of the temple glory of the monastery. In the war nineties of the last century, the last two monks left the Orahovica monastery in 1991, and the care of this shrine was taken over in 1993 by the parish priest from Medina, Jovan Šaulić. The monastery came to life in 2016 Today, the abbot of the Orahovica monastery is Abbot Pavle, who arrived in 2016 together with Father Anastasia. They came here from the monastery of Ostrog with the blessing of Metropolitan Amfilohije to renew life in this diocese. - Bishop Jovan received us with joy, as did all the local faithful here. The monastery did not have permanent residents for twenty years, there were occasional monks there, and Father Jovan Šaulić took care of the sanctuary and the monastery was in good condition. Everything was nicely arranged and it could not be concluded that the monastery was without monks. Otherwise, it is very suitable for monastic life, it has no electricity, but it has good water and it is far from any settlement and any upset, commotion and noise. I like it very much, so I gladly received the blessing to come to this shrine and I hope that with the help of all these people here I will renew the spiritual life in the diocese whose cause of suffering is not in this last war, but it is much deeper and much longer. lasted - claims Abbot Pavle. There are several legends about how this monastery was created, but the real founder, says Abbot Pavle, is not known. - Father Ambrosije from the Krk monastery, who teaches history at the seminary, says that the old Dalmatians claim that the Orahovica monastery is the oldest Orthodox monastery in Croatia. So that would place him somewhere in the early 14th century. The foundations of an older building are located on the site of this church, and we will know that more precisely after the excavations that will follow in the years ahead. Then we'll see what's really here. There are assumptions that the Paulines were here until the arrival of the Turks, and then they disappeared. The church, as it looks now, was built in 1592, and two years later it was frescoed. It was made by masters from Wallachia, from today's Romania. We know that from the fact that the Vlachs used the Church Slavonic language at that time and had their own specific pronunciation, and those spelling mistakes can be found on our frescoes, by which we can confirm that - Abbot Pavle continues the story of the monastery. Orahovac monks bearers of literacy and enlightenment In its greatest spiritual momentum, the monastery had up to a hundred monks who did not all stay here. There were several convents in Slatinski Drenovac, in Gazije, in Duzluk and in several other places where monks who belonged to this shrine lived. In addition to worship, the learned monks of Orahovica were also teachers in the surrounding Serbian places and taught the Serbian youth in literacy and science.
Ljuba JUŽNIČ (7 months ago)
The serenity of ancient peace in the middle of the woods. Smell of bees and honey. I was most impressed by the rose plantations in the inner garden.
Zoran Barić (2 years ago)
A place surrounded by beautiful nature, forest, springs, streams, hiking and biking trails, near the lookout point leading to the main road
Olivera Nin (3 years ago)
Holy place with beautiful surrounding..
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