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The Žitomislić Monastery

The Žitomislić Monastery is one of the most culturally significant Orthodox monasteries in Herzegovina from the 16th century, and it is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God. It is located in a valley on the road from Mostar to the southern border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the extreme western line of the old area of Dubrava. In the old Hum area, it is the westernmost Orthodox monastery. The biggest founders of the monastery were from the Miloradović and Hrabren families. The Žitomislić Monastery, preserved until 1992, had a library with dozens of old manuscripts from the 16th and 17th centuries that came here as a gift or were transcribed, as well as a small archive of Turkish documents. Significant calligraphic works kept in the monastery are Ćeladkovo gospel, Mineji, Panegirik, Oktoh, Prayer Book, Miracles of the Mother of God. The monastery was completely destroyed in 1992. During 2003 and 2005, the church and the old residence were renovated and consecrated by the Serbian Patriarch Pavle in May 2005.

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In the 15th century, the Kosača family ruled the area of Hum (Herzegovina) and was one of the most powerful noble families in the Kingdom of Bosnia. There are assumptions that the family was named after the village of Kosač near the Piva and Tara river. The influence and power of Kosača can be seen during the time of the first Bosnian king Tvrtko I.
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