Papraća is a Serbian Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Annunciation and located in the village of Papraća at the source of the same-named river, near Šekovići in eastern Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The date of its foundation is unknown, but contemporary Ottoman documents give evidence that the monastery existed in the first half of the 16th century.

The monks of Papraća had contacts with Russian rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries, and they often travelled to Russia to raise funds and donations. In 1551, the monks travelled to Moscow through Volhynia in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, where they received a manuscript Gospel Book from Prince Dymitr Sanguszko, who was a grandson of Serbian Despot Jovan Branković. Several years later, also in Volhynia, another group of Papraća monks received a psalter from a man named Nikola the Serb. In 1559, Papraća monks helped build a new church at the Tronoša Monastery in western Serbia. In 1645, Russian Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich granted a charter permitting the monks of Papraća to collect donations in Russia once every eight years. They managed to travel to Russia even during the Great Turkish War (1683–1699).

The monastery was abandoned and ruined after the Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18. Its church was rebuilt in 1853, after the construction works were allowed by Ottoman authorities. The rebuilding was helped by funds from Serbs of Sarajevo. The church was further refurbished in the following years, and it was consecrated in 1869. Monastic life was restored in Papraća in 1880. During World War II, the monastery was ruined and its valuables were stolen. It was partially repaired in 1954, mostly through efforts by nun Varvara Božić from the Tavna Monastery. After further renovations, it was consecrated on 21 September 1975.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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gentleman style (2 years ago)
A beautiful monastery with a great history, you should see and experience it. Excavations are currently being made under the monastery and in the courtyard of the holy land, where the bridges of the Saints and Abbots were found.
Vesna Pasic (2 years ago)
The monastery is one of the most beautiful and oldest... There is something special about it, you can feel it as soon as you pass through the gates of the Monastery... An abbot whom you can listen to for hours... some special peace and tranquility...
Tatjana Miocevic (2 years ago)
A wonderful monastery. Arranged, host unobtrusive, friendly. Praise.
Neno Savić (2 years ago)
A must visit, it's really beautiful, one of the oldest monasteries
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