Beška is a Serbian Orthodox monastery on Beška island on Skadar Lake. It has two churches within its complex, the Church of St. George and the St Mary's Church.

The Church of St. George was built at the end of the 14th century by Đurađ II Balšić the Lord of Zeta from 1385 to 1403. His widow Jelena Balšić reconstructed it before she built St Mary's Church.

The St Mary's Church was built in 1439/1440 as the legacy of Jelena Balšić which is also confirmed by the inscription on the monastery. Jelena died in Beška monastery and was buried in the St Mary's Church.

The sacred bones of Jelena Balšić were placed in new relic case made of stone after the Church of Holy Mother she built on Beška island was reconstructed in 2002.

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Founded: 1385-1440
Category: Religious sites in Montenegro

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Ernö-Matthias Kiss (16 months ago)
How beautiful and incredibly lovely Montenegro is!
Ведран Петровић (19 months ago)
The monastery erected on the island of Beška consists of two churches, the older one dedicated to St. George and the younger one, St. Virgin. There are no precise data on the construction of the older church, but it is possible to assume that its donor was Đurđe II Stracimirović-Balšić, and that it was built at the end of the fourteenth century. It is a larger single-nave structure with three central bases with a central dome, a spacious floor with a gothic, ribbed vault and a large bell tower. A smaller church dedicated to the Virgin was built for her mausoleum by Jelena Balsic, daughter of Prince Lazar, wife of Djurdja II Stracimirovic-Balsic, in 1440, as it stands carved above the door. The church is small in size, single nave grounds with a slightly broken vault, which are the characteristics of temples erected in the time of Crnojevic. The church also houses the grave of Jelena Balsic. The Beska Monastery played a significant role in the spiritual life of Zeta, as intense copywriting took place in it. In the monastery scriptorium, the famous Six-Day Elder Nikon Jerusalem and 1441/42 Goricnik Proceedings were created in 1439/40.
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