Photographer's Note

As I mentioned before, one of the guidebooks to this area discouraged tourists from asking questions about the religion or language as being still too sensitive subjects after quite a recent war. Indeed in a relatively small region there coexist at least Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Moslems. From the touristic point of view it is really great since each of the religions offers beautiful temples of its own characteristic design. Here a wonderful example of the Byzantine style: Serbian Orthodox church in Trebinje.

Hercegovačka Gračanica is a faithful copy of the church in the monastery of Gracanica in Kosovo and Metohija, an endowment of King Milutin (1282-1321). It was built in 2000 on the hill above Trebinje, with the desire to fulfill the testament of the Serbian poet Jovan Ducic, a native of Trebinje. His remains were transferred from the United States and buried in the crypt of the monastery church. The memorial complex consists of the church of the Holy Mother with a bell tower, bishop's palace, a library, an amphitheater, a gallery, banquet hall, fountain and Jacuzzi.
The temple can be seen from any point in Trebinje because it is located on a hill which overlooks the entire city.

Info about the church was sourced from this article in Serbian Wikipedia, translated with Google Translate and edited.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5976 W: 105 N: 15580] (61246)
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