Vranje churches are trademark of this territory. As a territory that has been inhabited by Serbs for a very long time, there are a lot of interesting religious buildings here. Some are very old, some old and important. Each of these churches has its own history, and significance for the population. Like the Serbian Orthodox Church in general.

Holy Trinity cathedral Vranje

The Orthodox Cathedral Church in Vranje is the most important church in this city. Compared to others, she is not that old. But it certainly has a long history. It was built from 1838 to 1841. One important event is connected with the construction of this church. At that time, the city governor was Hussein Pasha. He made a contribution in money and material, by order of Constantinople, for its construction.

This caused dissatisfaction of Muslim population in the city of that time. So they organized a rebellion and set fire to the church in 1843. In addition, great riots and abuse of the Christian population in the city. Part of the church was destroyed. It was renovated in 1858. It is important because Eparchy of Vranje is located there. Holy Trinity Cathedral in Vranje is located in 26 Milutinovica Street.

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Vranje Church Holy Paraskeva (Cross Mosque)

The Church of the Venerable Martyr Paraskeva is located near the White Bridge in Vranje. More precisely in 9. Jugovića Street. It was built in the 13th century. It was built on the place where an unknown saint was buried. The Ottomans turned it into a mosque and built a minaret. But they left the cross. Hence the name “Cross Mosque”. Of the original church, only the walls at the entrance remain. By placing a crescent moon next to the cross on the church, the Ottomans wanted to reconcile the two religions in some way.

Vranje Church of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God

This church was rebuilt in 1820 on the foundations of a former medieval church. It has been restored twice. Once in 1925 and the second time in 2003. It is located in Hadzitomina Street in Vranje.

The Orthodox center Otac Justin Popovic In Vranje

This Orthodox complex is located in Baba Zlatina Street. Near the museum of Bora Stanković. This is a newer complex, built in 2010. Here is the School of Religious Studies, the birthplace of Otac Justin and the chapel, bookstore and gallery.

Vranje Church St Ilija

The Church of St. Ilija is located in Vranjska Banja spa. It is one of the newer churches in Vranje and its surroundings. St. Ilija church was built in 1932. It was built on the model of the church in Oplenac.

Vranje Monastery St Nikoloa

The Church of St. Nicholas in Vranje is a very old church. It dates from the 14th century. And the convent of the Hilandar monastery. He is in that capacity by order of Emperor Dusan the Great. The endowment is of the Balšić brothers according to one, or of Knez Baldovin according to the other. It was restored in the 2000s and is now a monastery. At the end of the 19th century, three tombstones were found in it. There is only one of them today. And that is the tombstone of Knez Baldovin.

With the fall of Vranje under Ottoman rule, this monastery was destroyed and devastated. It was renovated at the beginning of the 20th century. In the monastery itself, there are relics and clothes of certain saints that are taken out for religious holidays. Although it was a church, in 1995 a decision was made to renovate the church and build a boarding house. So since then it has functioned as a monastery.

Vranje Monastery St. Pantelejmon

The monastery of St. Panteleimon is located in the village of Lepčince in Vranje. It is metoh of Monastery of Prohor Pčinjski. Since it was not maintained in the past, the monastery was renovated in 1992. Since 1999, it has become a nunnery.

Vranje Monastery St.Stefan

Sveti Stefan Monastery is located about 22 kilometers from Vranje. In the village of Donje Zapsko. It is also, like the Panteleimon monastery, the convent of Prohor Pčinjski Monastery. It is a nunnery, and was renovated in 1992. In the Serbian-Turkish war, he played a large and important role in cooperation with the Chetnik movement in helping and accommodating them.

Monastery Prohor Pcinjski near Vranje

“Prohor Pcinjski” is one of the most important monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It was built in the 11th century (1070 a.d.). It is located about 30 kilometers from Vranje. Almost on the border with Northern Macedonia. It is located in the village of Klenike, in the Pčinja gorge. It is assumed that it was built by the Byzantine emperor Roman Diogenes. In honor of Saint Prohor, who prophesied to him that he will become the Roman emperor. There was also a medieval hospital in the Prohor Pčinjski monastery.

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Takodje se održala i sednica Antifašističke skupštine narodnog oslobodjenja Makedonije, gde je dogovoreno osnivanje republike Makedonije u okviru Jugoslavije. U toku svoje istorije je više puta napadan, rušen, uništavan. Od Osmanlija, do Bugarskih okupacionih snaga. Čak je i požar uzeo danak. Kraljev konak je izgoreo 2014. godine. Više od Manastiru Prohor Pčinjski pročitajte u članku o njemu.

A session of the Anti-Fascist Assembly of the People’s Liberation of Macedonia was also held, where the establishment of the Republic of Macedonia within Yugoslavia was agreed upon. During its history, it has been attacked, destroyed and destroyed several times. From the Ottomans, to the Bulgarian occupation forces. Even the fire took its part. The king’s residence burned down in 2014. Read more about the Prohor Pčinjski Monastery in the article about it.

All these Vranje church and monastery objects are conducted by “Eparchy Vranjska” territory part of Serbian Orthodox church.


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Phoror Pcinjski monastery photo credits Geograf208 ; Saint Nikola Monastery credits Чигот ; Icones in monastery St. Nikola credits MarkoStankovic88 CC BY-SA 4.0 ; Cross Mosque Holly Petka photos credits to Slobodan Stojkovic