Distance from the Capital is approximately 150 km (road E75)
Manasija (Serbian pronunciation: [manǎsija]), also known as Resava ([rɛ̌saʋa]) (Serbian Cyrillic: Манасија, Ресава), is a Serbian Orthodox monastery near Despotovac, Serbia, founded by Despot Stefan Lazarević between 1406and 1418. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. It is one of the most significant monuments of medieval Serbian culture and it belongs to the “Morava school”. The monastery is surrounded by massive walls and towers. Immediately following its foundation, the monastery became the cultural centre of the Serbian Despotate. Its School of Resava was well known for its manuscripts and translations throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, even after the fall of the Despotate to the Ottoman Turks. Manasija complex was declared Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Republic of Serbia, and monastery have entered a UNESCO Tentative List Process in 2010.
“…across hills and fields and deserts he went looking for a place on which to build the desired family, the silent home. Having found the most suitable and the best site to build the home and having said a prayer, he approached the task and laid the foundations in the name of the Holy Trinity, universal Divinity…” (Constantine the Philosopher, 1433)
Besides the fact that Monastery Manasija itself is a perfect place to visit one must not forget picturesque surrounding of the Monastery. At approximately 20 km of distance from the Monastery there is famous Resava Cave worth visiting,and also the Sources of the River Lisina and Source Krupajsko!. At some 30 km from the monastery there is yet another very famous waterfall “Prskalo” and also there are other two medieval monasteries worth visiting on this tour, Monasteries Ravanica and Sisojevac.