Moštanica Monastery

Kozara, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Moštanica Monastery is one of the largest Serbian monasteries in Bosnia. Impressed by its rich and harmonious medieval architecture, visitors are usually unanimous that this is one of the most stunning monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the country. Dating back to the 12th century and being one of only two female monasteries (besides Gomionica Monastery) in northern Bosnia & Herzegovina, Moštanica is also one of the oldest convents, if not the oldest one. Covered with a veil of mystery, this beauty dedicated to the Archangel Michael had a tempestuous past, being burnt down and rebuilt no fewer than nine times. So, history lovers and faith seekers, get ready, this is the story for you. 



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Kozara, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Nelix (2 years ago)
Luka Milivojac (3 years ago)
I was bored, but nature was cute
Dragan Tepic (3 years ago)
Beautiful monastery and nature around it.
Ljubomir Petkovic (3 years ago)
Beautiful monastery surrounded with beautiful nature.
Jeth Hinayon (4 years ago)
Serene, beautiful historical place.
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The Church of the Holy Cross served the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.

The choir of the two-aisle grey granite church features medieval murals and frescoes. The white steeple of the church was built in 1816 and has served as a landmark for seafarers.